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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
19 627 3226.3 200 180 22 4.41 38.4
Birth Date8-2-1966
Height6' 2"
Weight210 lbs
Age51 years, 11 months, 15 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1992 PIT MLB 13 13 92.0 8 1 0 76 35 51 3 .249 96 7.4 3.4 0.3 5.0 43% .258 .236 1.21 3.26 2.15 107 4.65 112.7 0.4
1993 PIT MLB 24 20 128.3 6 11 0 145 75 59 14 .259 103 10.2 5.3 1.0 4.1 38% .300 .290 1.71 5.43 5.61 143 8.69 187.4 -4.5
1995 BOS MLB 27 27 195.3 16 8 0 163 68 119 22 .264 103 7.5 3.1 1.0 5.5 39% .241 .234 1.18 4.56 2.95 115 4.77 97.7 2.3
1996 BOS MLB 32 32 211.7 14 13 0 238 90 140 38 .271 105 10.1 3.8 1.6 6.0 37% .293 .274 1.55 5.70 5.14 115 5.67 111.9 1.0
1997 BOS MLB 35 29 201.3 12 15 0 193 87 151 24 .263 100 8.6 3.9 1.1 6.8 36% .287 .258 1.39 4.72 4.25 112 5.55 115.5 0.6
1998 BOS MLB 36 33 216.0 17 8 0 211 79 146 30 .265 101 8.8 3.3 1.2 6.1 37% .270 .260 1.34 4.96 4.58 103 3.75 77.7 5.0
1999 BOS MLB 49 17 140.0 6 11 15 146 72 104 19 .262 99 9.4 4.6 1.2 6.7 39% .293 .269 1.56 5.12 5.08 106 5.64 109.7 0.7
2000 BOS MLB 51 17 159.3 6 10 0 170 65 102 31 .266 91 9.6 3.7 1.8 5.8 46% .276 .278 1.47 5.76 5.48 109 5.12 98.4 1.7
2001 BOS MLB 45 17 168.7 9 12 3 156 73 148 13 .259 96 8.3 3.9 0.7 7.9 52% .298 .251 1.36 3.96 3.90 95 3.72 77.2 3.6
2002 BOS MLB 45 15 163.3 11 5 3 121 51 134 15 .261 97 6.7 2.8 0.8 7.4 45% .237 .220 1.05 3.71 2.81 89 3.02 64.8 4.5
2003 BOS MLB 35 33 202.3 11 7 1 193 71 169 23 .265 106 8.6 3.2 1.0 7.5 42% .285 .244 1.30 4.13 4.09 92 3.64 76.3 4.7
2004 BOS MLB 32 30 188.3 12 10 0 197 63 116 29 .261 112 9.4 3.0 1.4 5.5 46% .277 .255 1.38 5.18 4.87 109 4.38 90.4 2.9
2005 BOS MLB 33 33 225.3 16 12 0 210 68 151 35 .266 106 8.4 2.7 1.4 6.0 44% .258 .250 1.23 4.77 4.15 101 3.85 82.8 4.2
2006 BOS MLB 23 23 140.0 7 11 0 135 51 90 19 .258 107 8.7 3.3 1.2 5.8 40% .264 .245 1.33 4.97 4.63 107 5.03 102.4 1.2
2007 BOS MLB 31 31 189.0 17 12 0 191 64 110 22 .267 101 9.1 3.0 1.0 5.2 41% .282 .256 1.35 4.73 4.76 104 4.12 85.2 3.3
2008 BOS MLB 30 30 181.0 10 11 0 154 60 117 25 .262 108 7.7 3.0 1.2 5.8 36% .239 .239 1.18 4.87 4.13 105 3.84 81.8 3.4
2009 BOS MLB 21 21 129.7 11 5 0 137 50 72 12 .261 111 9.5 3.5 0.8 5.0 38% .292 .250 1.44 4.61 4.58 106 5.13 110.1 0.6
2010 BOS MLB 32 19 140.0 4 10 0 153 36 84 19 .258 112 9.8 2.3 1.2 5.4 39% .288 .267 1.35 4.49 5.34 106 4.55 102.8 1.0
2011 BOS MLB 33 23 154.7 7 8 0 163 47 93 25 .260 108 9.5 2.7 1.5 5.4 40% .274 .279 1.36 5.02 5.12 114 4.78 111.1 0.4
CareerMLB6274633226.320018022315212052156418.2631038.83.41.26.040%.274.2561.354.774.411064.6196.638.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1992 PIT MLB 13 13 92.0 8 1 0 76 35 51 3 .249 96 7.4 3.4 0.3 5.0 43% .258 .236 1.21 3.26 2.15 107 4.65 112.7
1993 PIT MLB 24 20 128.3 6 11 0 145 75 59 14 .259 103 10.2 5.3 1.0 4.1 38% .300 .290 1.71 5.43 5.61 143 8.69 187.4
1995 BOS MLB 27 27 195.3 16 8 0 163 68 119 22 .264 103 7.5 3.1 1.0 5.5 39% .241 .234 1.18 4.56 2.95 115 4.77 97.7
1996 BOS MLB 32 32 211.7 14 13 0 238 90 140 38 .271 105 10.1 3.8 1.6 6.0 37% .293 .274 1.55 5.70 5.14 115 5.67 111.9
1997 BOS MLB 35 29 201.3 12 15 0 193 87 151 24 .263 100 8.6 3.9 1.1 6.8 36% .287 .258 1.39 4.72 4.25 112 5.55 115.5
1998 BOS MLB 36 33 216.0 17 8 0 211 79 146 30 .265 101 8.8 3.3 1.2 6.1 37% .270 .260 1.34 4.96 4.58 103 3.75 77.7
1999 BOS MLB 49 17 140.0 6 11 15 146 72 104 19 .262 99 9.4 4.6 1.2 6.7 39% .293 .269 1.56 5.12 5.08 106 5.64 109.7
2000 BOS MLB 51 17 159.3 6 10 0 170 65 102 31 .266 91 9.6 3.7 1.8 5.8 46% .276 .278 1.47 5.76 5.48 109 5.12 98.4
2001 BOS MLB 45 17 168.7 9 12 3 156 73 148 13 .259 96 8.3 3.9 0.7 7.9 52% .298 .251 1.36 3.96 3.90 95 3.72 77.2
2002 BOS MLB 45 15 163.3 11 5 3 121 51 134 15 .261 97 6.7 2.8 0.8 7.4 45% .237 .220 1.05 3.71 2.81 89 3.02 64.8
2003 BOS MLB 35 33 202.3 11 7 1 193 71 169 23 .265 106 8.6 3.2 1.0 7.5 42% .285 .244 1.30 4.13 4.09 92 3.64 76.3
2004 BOS MLB 32 30 188.3 12 10 0 197 63 116 29 .261 112 9.4 3.0 1.4 5.5 46% .277 .255 1.38 5.18 4.87 109 4.38 90.4
2005 BOS MLB 33 33 225.3 16 12 0 210 68 151 35 .266 106 8.4 2.7 1.4 6.0 44% .258 .250 1.23 4.77 4.15 101 3.85 82.8
2006 BOS MLB 23 23 140.0 7 11 0 135 51 90 19 .258 107 8.7 3.3 1.2 5.8 40% .264 .245 1.33 4.97 4.63 107 5.03 102.4
2007 BOS MLB 31 31 189.0 17 12 0 191 64 110 22 .267 101 9.1 3.0 1.0 5.2 41% .282 .256 1.35 4.73 4.76 104 4.12 85.2
2008 BOS MLB 30 30 181.0 10 11 0 154 60 117 25 .262 108 7.7 3.0 1.2 5.8 36% .239 .239 1.18 4.87 4.13 105 3.84 81.8
2009 BOS MLB 21 21 129.7 11 5 0 137 50 72 12 .261 111 9.5 3.5 0.8 5.0 38% .292 .250 1.44 4.61 4.58 106 5.13 110.1
2010 BOS MLB 32 19 140.0 4 10 0 153 36 84 19 .258 112 9.8 2.3 1.2 5.4 39% .288 .267 1.35 4.49 5.34 106 4.55 102.8
2011 BOS MLB 33 23 154.7 7 8 0 163 47 93 25 .260 108 9.5 2.7 1.5 5.4 40% .274 .279 1.36 5.02 5.12 114 4.78 111.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2645 0.5130 0.4552 0.8173 0.6212 0.2803 0.8292 0.7895 0.1827
2009 2010 0.5239 0.4348 0.8318 0.5935 0.2602 0.8544 0.7751 0.1682
2010 2136 0.5627 0.4789 0.8084 0.6181 0.2998 0.8331 0.7429 0.1916
2011 2389 0.4960 0.4738 0.7951 0.6236 0.3264 0.8146 0.7583 0.2049
Career91800.52250.46110.81260.6150.29240.83180.76740.1874

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-10-21 2009-10-21 Off 0 0 Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc and Nerve Root Decompression 2009-10-21
2009-10-01 2009-10-11 DTD 10 4 Low Back Soreness -
2009-09-01 2009-09-05 DTD 4 4 Low Back Soreness -
2009-07-18 2009-08-26 15-DL 39 36 Left Low Back Strain -
2008-08-07 2008-08-26 15-DL 19 15 Right Shoulder Stiffness -
2007-09-30 2007-10-16 DTD 16 1 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-08-31 2007-09-06 DTD 6 6 Low Back Soreness -
2006-07-18 2006-09-13 15-DL 57 53 Trunk Stress Fracture Rib Cage -
2006-07-07 2006-07-17 DTD 10 7 Low Back Soreness -
2005-08-19 2005-08-26 DTD 7 6 Right Ankle Contusion Batted Ball -
2004-07-17 2004-07-17 DTD 0 0 Shoulder Contusion Batted Ball -
2004-06-12 2004-06-12 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2003-06-23 2003-06-23 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2003-06-06 2003-06-06 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Contusion Batted Ball -
1997-04-15 1997-05-08 15-DL 23 19 Right Elbow Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 BOS $1,500,000
2010 BOS $3,500,000
2009 BOS $4,000,000
2008 BOS $4,000,000
2007 BOS $4,000,000
2006 BOS $4,000,000
2005 BOS $4,640,000
2004 BOS $4,350,000
2003 BOS $4,030,000
2002 BOS $3,200,000
2001 BOS $3,000,000
2000 BOS $4,500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$44,720,000
12 yrTotal$44,720,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
18 y 6 dBarry Meister2 years/$5M (2010-11)

Details
  • 2 years/$5M (2010-11). Signed extension with Boston 11/9/09. 10:$3.5M, 11:$1.5M. 2011 salary increases to $2M with 130 IP in 2010, $3.5M with 160 IP in 2010. $2M in performance bonus based on starts.
  • 1 year/$4M (2006), plus 2007 club option. Signed extension with Boston 4/05. 06:$4M, 07:$4M club option. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 11-20 starts, $75,000 each for 21 starts or more. $4M club option for 2008 added 10/06. Option recurs at $4M until it is not exercised. Boston exercised 2007 option 10/06. Boston exercised 2009 option 10/31/08.
  • 3 years/$13.02M (2003-05). Re-signed by Boston 11/02. 03:$4.03M, 04:$4.35M, 05:$4.64M.
  • 2 years/$6.5M (2001-02), plus 2003 club option. 01:$3M, 02:$3.2M, 03:$3.2M club option.
  • 98:$3.5M, 99:$4M, 00:$4.5M.
  • 1 year/$0.175M (1995).
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 1988 (8-200) (Florida Institute of Technology).

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DateQuestionAnswer
2012-07-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)East Coast question from the midwest. Over the second half how far will R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana fall off from their first half performances?
(wauzer from Milwaukee)
Well, I don't think Santana will throw another no-hitter. And I doubt Dickey will throw another one-hitter.

Santana has posted a 5.67 ERA in seven starts since the no-no, and batters are hitting .291/.345/.544 against him over that period. He is better than that, but I think the real concern is workload. How many more innings can he pitch after sitting out all of 2011?

As for Dickey, sometimes knuckleballers have great years. Joe Niekro in 1982. Charlie Hough in 1985. Tim Wakefield in 1995 and 2002. Dickey seems to be having one of those years, as he did in 2010, but with a much higher (and more baffling) strikeout rate. How far will he fall? On the one hand, he has allowed five runs in three of his last four starts, so maybe it's already starting. On the other, he allowed eight in his third start of the year and then went 9-0 with a 1.21 ERA over his next 11. I don't know where his pitches are headed, I don't know where his season is headed. (Geoff Young)
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your JAWS articles are one of my favorite parts of the site. Is Catfish Hunter the most underqualified member of the HOF in recent memory? The topic was brought up on a message board recently and the consensus was that I was an idiot for thinking Hunter isn't an obvious HOFer. I was surprised at how poorly Hunter measured via WARP. He seems to have benefited a lot via his home park, the pitching version of Jim Rice, if you will, and his career ERA+ is only 105, which puts him about on par with Tim Wakefield. Actually, my quick estimate of JAWS scores has Wakefield as only 2 points worse than Hunter.
(The Groovin' Mahoovin from Atlantic City, NJ)
Thanks for the kind words. Hunter fares poorly on the JAWS scale because of his middling run prevention, and while he's slightly further from the standard at starting pitching than Rice is in left field, he's slightly closer in terms of peak - he was washed up at 33 years old due to injuries that may have had something to do with the problems that felled him later in life. Furthermore, he dusts Rice when it comes to the postseason, having won five World Series rings. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)So if I'm done, who is the oldest player in MLB? (Like most people, I like the idea that there's at least one guy still in the bigs around my age.)
(Jamie Moyer from home, resting)
Pretty sure it's Tim Wakefield. August 2, 1966. Wow.

I wonder if we see more older pitchers in the coming years than before. Improved health could play a role on hand, but added competition from other countries could make it harder to stay around. (Matt Swartz)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I felt old when I compiled this list in April. Tweleve 2010 MLB players were older than me. How many will be back next year? 1 Jamie Moyer -- Phillies --18-Nov-62 2 Tim Wakefield -- Red Sox --2-Aug-66 3 Omar Vizquel -- White Sox --24-Apr-67 4 Trevor Hoffman -- Brewers -- 13-Oct-67 5 Matt Stairs -- Padres -- 27-Feb-68 6 Brad Ausmus -- Dodgers -- 14-Apr-69 7 Arthur Rhodes -- Reds -- 24-Oct-69 8 Ken Griffey Jr. -- Mariners -- 21-Nov-69 9 Mariano Rivera-- Yankees -- 29-Nov-69 10 Takashi Saito -- Braves -- 14-Feb-70 11 Jim Edmonds -- Brewers -- 27-Jun-70 12 Mark Grudzielanek -- Indians -- 30-Jun-70
(ted from the cubicle)
Most of them, I think. Next year is Wakefield's last season though. Matt Stairs wants to come back for one more year, at least. Arthur Rhodes is a reliever, so he'll pitch until he can't. (Marc Normandin)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Lackey to the Red Sox? I don't get it. Does this mean that Boston is going to try and trade some of its young pitching (Bowden, Tazawa, etc.) for a Cabrera or Gonzalez?
(PSIllini from Columbus, OH)
Maybe, but I think I like Joe's suggestion, that in this market, it means they might peddle from among their stock in veteran starters. Admittedly, that puts them up against the Braves, who are equally motivated to do something about their overstock, but Bowden and Tazawa have options (and could use time in Pawtucket), and it isn't like Tim Wakefield's retired just yet. The Sox could deal from among their new front five. Beckett's the logical guy to flip, although they cold also sell low on Dice-K to keep that fifth slot to Wakefield plus Bowden. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why don't more teams have a knuckleballer in the pen as a long man/change of pace guy? You have to believe that after seeing 90mph fastballs all game, a 60mph knuckler would make anyone look foolish
(jbuofm from Peoria)
I did love the days of Tim Wakefield: Closer, but I think part of the problem is just that there aren't a lot of guys who can throw a knuckleball consistently well. I'm sure there are plenty of pitchers that can toss one for kicks, but consistency is the key, especially when it looks like the pitcher doesn't even know where it's going sometimes.

I also wonder how effective the pitch would be if everyone in the league was used to seeing it often. (Marc Normandin)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Will. What do you think the chances are of Tim Wakefield being an effective pitcher (i.e. not a perennially injured one) next season. What I'm angling at: should the Red Sox pick up his $4 million option next season?
(mattymatty2000 from Philly)
This is more a question for Shawn Hoffman, but I think the question is one of value -- can they replace his production, even at a reduced level, for the same or less cost. PECOTA gives us a tool for assessing this, but it's career assessment for Wakefield is dumbfounding. Shifting to a partial reliever role, it expects him to throw MORE innings in the next two years but for his value to go down. The other question here is the value of the next option; with his odd contract, you're not just giving up one year, but the right to keep renewing. I think the Red Sox have options, but that the cheap option and loyalty gets him one more year. (Will Carroll)
2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)You said of Tim Wakefield going to the All-Star game, "the list of AL pitchers more qualified for the honor is very, very long." How many people on that list have been as good as Wakefield for as long? Isn't overlooking his track record, of years and years of being a very good if not great pitcher, equivalent to the one-half-year-itis in All-Star voting that you (and I) complain about?
(Bill from New Mexico)
You're overrating his career. He's been average to good, not very good to great. And the standard for making the All-Star team has to be higher than "22nd-best guy and a nice story." So many pitchers got cheated by that pick. All-Star pitching staffs have ALWAYS been about first-half performance, at least in my lifetime, so to change it for one guy is silly. Besides, let's be serious: if Wakefield had been 8-6, he wouldn't have been picked. This was innumeracy above all else.

Lightning round. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Jamie Moyer and should the Phillies re-sign him? He is quoted as saying he'll be back what's he worth?
(gmchugh from Seattle,Wa)
On some level, Moyer's almost like the crafty lefty variant on Tim Wakefield--if you can get him for an affordable package that lets you write him in as your fourth starter, he's an asset. If he wants a three-year deal at market rates, wish him well. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)As the proud, expectant father of twin girls, any physical reason that a women could not pitch professionally? ( I am not sure Ira Borders counts) Thanks.
(cooper7d7 from CT)
I'll make my second tennis reference here and say it's extremely unlikely. Even the best women players can't stay on the court with mediocre male players, but more importantly to pitching, the fastest woman (Venus Williams) tops out around 125. The first woman pitcher will likely be a Jamie Moyer or maybe a Tim Wakefield type. (Will Carroll)


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