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Wakefield can join an exclusive club

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 9, 2010 11:45 AM

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As you know, Tim Wakefield set the Red Sox record for innings pitched last night. His 2,777 innings topped Roger Clemens.

Once Wakefield gets to 2,800 innings, he'll be in unique company. Only 40 players in history have pitched that many innings for one team. The list (per Baseball-Reference.com):

Tigers (6): Tommy Bridges, Hooks Dauss, Mickey Lolich, Jack Morris, George Mullin, Hal Newhouser.

Braves (4): Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, John Smoltz, Warren Spahn; White Sox (4): Red Faber, Ted Lyons, Billy Pierce, Ed Walsh

Indians (3): Bob Feller, Mel Harder, Bob Lemon; Pirates (3): Babe Adams, Wilbur Cooper, Bob Friend; Giants (3): Carl Hubbell, Juan Marichal, Christy Mathewson

Dodgers (2): Don Drysdale, Don Sutton; Twins (2): Walter Johnson, Jim Kaat; Yankees (2): Whitey Ford, Red Ruffing; Phillies (2): Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts; Cardinals (2): Bob Gibson, Jesse Haines

Orioles (1): Jim Palmer; Cubs (1): Charlie Root; Reds (1): Eppa Rixey; Mets (1): Tom Seaver; Athletics (1): Eddie Plank; Blue Jays (1): Dave Stieb; Expos/Nationals (1): Steve Rogers.

Of those 40 pitchers, 23 are in the Hall of Fame and will surely be joined by Glavine and Smoltz in five years.

Wakefield and Andy Pettitte are about to become the 130th and 131st players in history to pitch 3,000+ innings total in the majors. Pettitte is one out away while Wakefield needs 2.2 innings.

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