NEW YORK — Fox’s Ken Rosenthal, one of the best in the business, wrote a terrific column on Tim Wakefield.
His jumping off point was Robinson Cano suggesting that Wakefield belongs in the Hall of Fame.
“Tell Wakefield he’s got my vote,” Cano told Rosenthal.
As somebody who voted for the Hall for Fame for the first time last year, my immediate thought is somebody with a 4.38 earned run average does not merit a place in Cooperstown. But when you look at the big picture — 609 games, 446 starts, 196 wins, even 21 saves — it gives you pause.
The longer you’re around baseball teams, the more you realize how much value there is in having a pitcher who will take the ball no matter what the situation and give his team a chance to win the game. In the end, when all the statistics are scrubbed away, winning the game is all that really matters. The rest is just something to talk about.
Rosenthal admitted that he was wrong for suggesting in spring training that Wakefield was finished. Add me to that list, too. I thought the same thing and I was wrong.
I should have asked Robbie Cano what he thought. It really speaks to how well Wakefield is respected in the game when an opposing players says something like that.