Some terrible and heart-wrenching news has emerged from the world of baseball.
On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox announced on social media that former star pitcher Tim Wakefield has sadly passed away at the age of 57 after a courageous battle with brain disease.
Wakefield began his MLB career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992. After two seasons there, he joined the Red Sox in 1995. Hailing from Melbourne, Florida, he remained with the team until 2011, playing an instrumental role in Boston’s World Series victories in 2004 (their first in 86 years) and 2007.
Recognized for his numerous contributions off the field, Wakefield was honored with the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010. Throughout his career, he accumulated 200 wins and an impressive 2,156 strikeouts.
Wakefield is survived by his wife, Stacy, and two children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wakefield, his family and friends, as well as the Red Sox organization during this devastating time.