Much like they did with Jason Varitek, the Red Sox have kept Tim Wakefield in the organization with a job as a special assignment instructor and honorary chairman of the Red Sox Foundation.
Wakefield played 17 seasons for the Red Sox, the last of which was 2011, and the knuckleballer has the third-most wins in franchise history behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens.
Last year Varitek took a job with the Red Sox as a special assistant to the general manager, but according to the press release Wakefield’s gig will focus on fundraising and charity events while also including “specific instructional assignments for general manager Ben Cherington and his staff.”
We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.
Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.
I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.
I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:
Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.