VIDEO: Tim Wakefield Reacts To FIT’s New Facility

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ABOVE VIDEO: Wakefield speaks with SpaceCoastDaily on the new batting facility and the outlook for Panther baseball in years to come. (Video by SpaceCoastDaily)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – In honor of Florida Tech alum Tim Wakefield, Florida Tech held a ceremony Saturday afternoon to officially dedicate its new batting cage to the former major leaguer at the F.W. Olin Sports Complex.

Anthony Catanese

Anthony Catanese

The event was open to the public, as Wakefield, President Anthony Catanese and Athletic Director Bill Jurgens spoke to the audience and unveiled the new diamond on Florida Tech’s campus.

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Bill Jurgens

The facility has been an added bonus to the Panther baseball and softball programs, allowing for use during rainy weather and late into the night.

As a result of his remarkable collegiate career, Wakefiled was inducted into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame, Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.

Tim Wakefield was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988 and spent 19 seasons as a pitcher at the big league level. He earned 200 career wins, 186 were recorded with the Boston Red Sox.

Tim Wakefield was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988 and spent 19 seasons as a pitcher at the big league level. He earned 200 career wins, 186 were recorded with the Boston Red Sox.

A two-time World Series Champion, Wakefield played three seasons at Florida Tech from 1986-88.

Most recently, Wakefield joined the University Board of Trustees in January 2014.

Wakefield was named Team MVP his sophomore and junior seasons as a first baseman. He still owns program records for home runs (40), single-season home runs (22) and RBIs (71). He was inducted into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame and Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame following his career.

In honor of Florida Tech alum Tim Wakefield, Florida Tech will hold a ceremony to officially dedicate its new batting cage to the former major leaguer at the F.W. Olin Sports Complex this Saturday at 11 a.m. (Florida Tech image)

In honor of Florida Tech alum Tim Wakefield, Florida Tech will hold a ceremony to officially dedicate its new batting cage to the former major leaguer at the F.W. Olin Sports Complex this Saturday at 11 a.m. (Florida Tech image)

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988 and spent 19 seasons as a pitcher at the big league level. He earned 200 career wins, 186 were recorded with the Boston Red Sox.

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Following the dedication, the Panther baseball team also swept Pace in a doubleheader 9-0, 20-1. The sweep keeps the Panthers undefeated heading into the final series game against Setters at noon on Sunday.

Live audio and stats will be available at FloridaTechSports.com/live

BELOW VIDEO: Tim Wakefield was named Florida Tech Team MVP his sophomore and junior seasons as a first baseman. He still owns program records for home runs (40), single-season home runs (22) and RBIs (71). He was inducted into the Florida Tech Sports Hall of Fame and Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame following his career. A two-time World Series Champion, Wakefield played three seasons at Florida Tech from 1986-88.

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