Tim Wakefield Returns To Red Sox In New Roles
BOSTON (CBS) — While he’ll no longer be driving opponents crazy with his unpredictable knuckleball, Tim Wakefield is back with the Red Sox.
The team announced Friday that Wakefield has been named honorary chairman of the Red Sox Foundation as well as a special assignment instructor for the team.
“With the foundation, Wakefield will bring his vast experience to a variety of areas, including fundraising events, community service days, and the personal visits that characterized his community commitment throughout his career,” the team said in a release.
The special instructor role will have Wakefield handling “specific instructional assignments for general manager Ben Cherington and his staff.” Wakefield will be joining a couple of his former teammates in the baseball operations department, as Pedro Martinez and Jason Varitek were hired as special assistants to Cherington.
Wakefield received the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010 for his dedication to community service. He played 19 years in Major League Baseball, setting Red Sox records in innings pitched and starts while having the fourth-longest tenure in a Red Sox uniform.