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At age 42, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield finally makes All-Star game.

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17 seasons, one All-Star selection.He’s oft-overlooked, but not anymore.

At age 42, Tim Wakefield is the second oldest player to make his All-Star debut, behind none other than the legendary Satchel Paige, who first appeared in the game at age 46.

As a Massachusetts native, I have had the pleasure of watching Wakefield pitch for the past 15 years. And I’ve always been blown away.

Sure, there’s days when he absolutely implodes, but such is the nature of the knuckleball and of baseball itself. More often than not, however, Wakefield’s more likely pitching a quality start and taking some of the stress off the bullpen. It’s comforting to know that when Wakefield takes the mound, you’re probably getting six to seven innings of solid, if unspectacular, baseball. If there was ever a time to mention “intangibles,” it would be now.

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Written by dylansharek

July 6, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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