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Tim Wakefield embraces new role with Sox

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  April 12, 2013 07:52 PM

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His familiarity with the players in the clubhouse, Wakefield said, will make it easy to accomplish the foundations goals from raising to setting up community service days and personal visits.

"During my playing career, 95 percent of those guys are involved in something," Wakefield said. "It may not be publicized but every one of those guys in the clubhouse that I knew and played with was involved in some fashion with the community here in New England. So that part won't be hard. I think it'll be easy having a former player taking a head position to kind of relate to them, but it won't be hard to convince guys, whether it's with the Red Sox organization or other charitable ventures that they want to get into.

As a special assignment coach Wakefield will be an extra set of eyes for pitching coach Juan Nieves and throughout the organization.

I might be able to see something mechanically or help out another pitcher mentally, just another sounding board for them.

"One benefit that I had when I was younger was having the access to Charlie Hough, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro, [Tom] Candiotti, all the guys that walked in the shoes before me and I thought it was very valuable to my success and my career. It's just nice that I could be that person for the younger generation of knuckleballers that we have in the organization."

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