From the Sideline

Former Carolina Mudcat named to Southern League Hall of Fame

May 30, 2014 

The Southern League recently announced former Carolina Mudcats pitcher Tim Wakefield will be a part of its inaugural Hall of Fame class.

There, he’ll be in quite the company, including Peter Bragan, Sr. (Jacksonville), J. Frank Burke (Chattanooga), Mike Darr (Mobile), Rosemary Hovatter (Huntsville), Bo Jackson (Jackson), Reggie Jackson (Birmingham), Dale Murphy (Mississippi), Alan Trammel (Montgomery) and Ryne Sandberg (Tennessee).

The right hander who came up through the Pittsburgh Pirates system is best known for his 17-year tenure with the Boston Redsox.

Wakefield signed with Boston in 1995 after two seasons in Pittsburgh, and from there earned All-Star status in 2009 and the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010. He retired after the 2011 season with 200 wins and 2,156 strikeouts on his pro resume.

As a Mudcat, Wakefield notched 18 wins and set several standing records over portions of the 1991 and 1993 seasons. He still owns records of 183 innings pitched, 15 wins and eight complete games in a single season.

He led Carolina with 123 kills and an ERA of 2.93 in 1991 and started in nine games in 1993, winning three.

The Southern League will induct 13 Hall of Famers each year starting in 2005. The first class will be honored June 17 at the Southern League All-Star Game in Chattanooga.

Mudcats hit a scoring slump: Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks marked the fifth straight for the Carolina Mudcats, who fell to 22-28 on the season.

Through the conclusion of that game, the Mudcats had gone 26.2 innings without scoring a run.

Carolina had been blanked by the Blue Rocks 6-0 after giving up late runs on Tuesday, and had last scored in the first inning of a 4-1 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Monday.

Aguilar at first for Cleveland: Former Carolina Mudcat Jesus Aguilar has taken on an infield role on the Cleveland Indians’ active roster since his Major League debut on May 15.

The 23-year old was called up from Triple-A Columbus to fill an opening in the Indians’ outfield, but has since been assigned to first base.

Aguilar played 107 games for Carolina in 2012, producing 102 hits including 58 RBI and 12 home runs.

Moody: 919-829-4806 or amoody@newsobserver.com

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