Kerry Wood To Retire

After 14 MLB seasons, Kerry Wood's playing career is coming to an end. The 34-year-old right-hander plans to announce his retirement, Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports. Wood will retire after making one more appearance this weekend, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat tweets.

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Wood debuted with the 1998 Cubs and it didn't take long for him to make an impression. He struck out 233 hitters in 166 2/3 innings as a rookie, including a record 20 strikeouts in one game against the Astros. After being named the NL's 1998 Rookie of the Year, Wood missed his sophomore season to undergo Tommy John surgery. He returned to the rotation in 2000 and started effectively for five seasons, but had trouble staying healthy and transitioned to the bullpen, where he pitched exclusively from 2007-12.

Wood signed a one-year, $3MM contract with the Cubs this offseason, but struggled through nine appearances, allowing nearly one earned run per inning with twice as many walks (11) as strikeouts (5). Wood's contract included a $3MM club option for 2013 which will no longer be in play for GM Jed Hoyer.

The two-time All-Star will retire with a 3.67 ERA, and 86-75 record, 1379 2/3 innings pitched and 1581 strikeouts. Wood, the fourth overall selection in the 1995 draft, earned more than $70MM in his career, according to Baseball-Reference. He is a client of SFX.

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63 Comments on "Kerry Wood To Retire"


JesseeA
3 years 3 months ago

Queue Dusty Baker hate comments…

Kurisu Rg
3 years 3 months ago

 Poor Cueto and Latos. They are doomed.

3 years 3 months ago

Way to be a team player Kerry.

tfsmag
3 years 3 months ago

Kerry Wood should always be looked to as a guy that put his team and his teammates ahead of himself. I’m glad he is going on his own terms, would have been too easy for him to just limp through the rest of this season. The guy will never NOT have a job with the cubs unless he doesn’t want to.

nm344
3 years 3 months ago

How many other people you know would turn down almost 2 million bucks to be a ‘nice guy’ ?

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 3 months ago

I suspect it’s easier if you’ve made $70M in your career.

nm344
3 years 3 months ago

rich people are usually the cheapest.

3 years 3 months ago

 Gil Meche and he are class acts.

quintjs
3 years 3 months ago

I love the need to make the news local.
T.J Zuppe retweeted “Former Indians Pitcher..”

Shame to see him go however.

Grant Michalski
3 years 3 months ago

You’ll be missed, #34.

thesultanofswingandmiss
3 years 3 months ago

Ok this surprised me. Kerry Wood only earned $70MM when a guy like Prince Fielder gets a contract of about $210MM? For 9 years? Kerry played fourteen years and only earned 70MM? Does that statistic not make your eyes pop out of their sockets?

Jason3501
3 years 3 months ago

Prince Fielder is more valuable than Kerry Wood.  Even still, I’m sure Kerry isn’t too sad about his $70 million earned…

jwsox
3 years 3 months ago

That’s just his baseball contract money too he mas made
Millions more in appearances and sponsorships.

MB923
3 years 3 months ago

This doesn’t surprise me at all. Kerry Wood unfortunately could not stay heatlhy. As a starter, he only pitched a full season 3 times, once was his rookie year. Prince Fielder has played in at least 157 games every year since becoming a full time player (also started his career about 8 years after Wood did, and obviously since 2000, 9 figure contracts are becoming more and more). I’m not saying Fielder will be worth that much, but it doesn’t shock me that Wood only made $70 million.

He was great from 1998-2003 (he didn’t play in 99), but he fell apart after that.

Kevin Swords
3 years 3 months ago

Prince got his deal while hitting the free agent market in his prime (after 6 consecutive healthy, impressive seasons).  Although Wood played in 14 professional seasons, you have to remember that the team has control of the player for 6 years.  The first three seasons (assuming no super-two status), the player doesn’t earn much more than league minimum.  The next 3 seasons the player is eligible for arbitration, again earning less than what the player would conceivably earn on the open market.  This, compounded by all of the injuries that he accrued over his career, are the reasons that he never receiving a long term deal.  

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

not really… he got injured pretty young and never really got that big longterm deal.

tomymogo
3 years 3 months ago

Health man, never could stay healthy. He had great stuff always, second highest k/9 after Randy Johnson.

But health, they said he was the next Nolan Ryan. I saw his 20 strikeout performance on tv, the most dominating game I’ve ever seen, and I saw Randy’s perfect game vs ATL also.

3 years 3 months ago

Kerry Wood was never a superstar, and they’re from slightly different eras. Kerry’s career as a starter was done by the time Prince made his MLB debut. 

GoCubsGo
3 years 3 months ago

Class act all the way. Never used injuries as an excuse, gave the cubs discounts when he didn’t need to, felt loyalty to the club when they kept sticking with him injury after injury. Mark prior could’ve learned a lot from the class and character of Kid-K

jammin502
3 years 3 months ago

 I totally agree.  This is a classy move by a class act guy.  He knows he is hurting the team, and doesn’t want to keep getting a paycheck while not performing up to his own expected level.  He is one of those Cub players that you expect to always be around the club for many years to come.  Hopefully Theo & Co. have a spot all ready for him!

3 years 3 months ago

well said Dan.  Kerry always was a great guy – in public and in the private world.  Ran into Kerry and his wife one night at dinner several years ago and both of them couldn’t have been more pleasant.  Godspeed on the next part of your life Kerry.

TheKingOfMacomb
3 years 3 months ago

I’ve always hated the Cubs, but admired Kerry Wood (and Ryan Dempster) as a class act.  He’s been a role model to younger pitchers in the league on how to handle both success and adversity.  Regardless of what the future has in store for Kerry Wood, he’ll be ok – he’s a good guy who thinks of others.  Baseball needs more guys like that.

3 years 3 months ago

Sorry to hear that.  As bad as he was this year………I think most of us expected him to bounce back.   If the Cubs bullpen situation was bad before, it’s really bad now.

cubs223425
3 years 3 months ago

Well, man. I don’t know what to say. This is a crappy day, and it’s not even 10 AM.

I wish Kerry the best and thank him for putting so much into the team and the city.

3 years 3 months ago

Damn Kerry. Been a helluva ride. My favorite Cub going out in a classy way. Much respect.

Colin Christopher
3 years 3 months ago

Kerry Wood: Cub for Life. They should pay him just to show up to the ballpark and teach the younger players how to act like pros.

Lunchbox45
3 years 3 months ago

They’re already paying Soriano to do that

Don Merkle
3 years 3 months ago

Cubs are good at making some players seem Great that are only so/so…as his stats show. Of course being hurt often brought him as well as Pryor to not having great careers.. Not a Cub fan. But know these two would have possibly been great if not for constant injuries, There is the Jinx at work for the Cubs. and doubtful if it will ever go away. Give Epstein and his Train 3 years and they too , will see the handwriting on the wall. And Give up. Probably move on to greener pastures. Not staying at the dead brown Ivy cursed situation. donWsox !!

tfsmag
3 years 3 months ago

lay off the meth

Guest
3 years 3 months ago

You are a joke. I hope when you retire, if you work, nobody says a word to you as you walk out the door. Classless and typical uninformed sports fan wannabe. Get off the board.

soxluv
3 years 3 months ago

I certainly hope Cub fans give this the attention it deserves. Has there ever been a more successful middle reliever? With 86 wins, he averaged 6.1 wins/yr over his storied 14 yr career! HOF!!!!!!!

Devon Henry
3 years 3 months ago

Don’t push it. Great career nothing more.

3 years 3 months ago

I’ve said this before and i’ll say it again.  Kerry Wood and Mark Prior were the Cub’s best chance at a world series a few years back and become a perennial playoff player in the NL Central. Unforunately, the FO & Manager RUINED their chances AND careers of BOTH these pitchers by allowing them to log so many innings, abusing their arms early in their careers. The medical staff and trainers did not help matters either. 

The Bartman incident finished was a whole separate issue, but ultimately it blew the morale of that team and the rest is history.

jwsox
3 years 3 months ago

It’s people like you that are the reason most baseball fans hate cubs fans. It’s no ones fault Kerry got Tommy John and and could no stay healthy. Even when he moved to the pen he could not stay healthy. Same with prior look at him now he still can’t stay healthy. Some players just get injured a lot. And don’t bring bartmen into it at all there were ten other people next to him grabbing for the same ball. Moises said years later he probably wouldn’t have gotten that ball. Also it’s not bartmens fault the cubs blew a 5+ run lead with 5 outs to go and it was not bartmens fault they lost game 7

lefty177
3 years 3 months ago

No pun intended but I think people are using Bartman as a scape goat

blagblag4488
3 years 3 months ago

Wood’s high school coach has been blamed for riding him hard.  Additionally in Wood’s rookie year, Riggleman had Wood throw 120+ pitches in over a dozen of his starts (just going off memory).

There’s really no way for sure how much over-pitching is responsible, but it’s not a wild conspiracy to say that it contributed.  I tend to think that it was a combination of Wood being injury prone, being over-pitched, and maybe some unknown factors.

Kayrall
3 years 3 months ago

 Kerry pitched over 200 innings twice in his career…

3 years 3 months ago

Isn’t the Cubs GM Theo Epstein, not Jed Hoyer?

3 years 3 months ago

Epstein is the team president, Hoyer is GM.

GoCubsGo
3 years 3 months ago

Theo is the president of baseball operations and Jed is the GM

3 years 3 months ago

As A Yankee Fan I always felt Kerry was with a Big Heart and was a TEAM PLAYER

He went out with Class  a Rarity these days. Good Luck Thank you for a Year from your Life. I was happy you go out a Cub.

I still think you can Pitch, but you know BEST.

A Great CUB

Mike1L
3 years 3 months ago

Yankee fans saw him for a short time at the end of 2010-great pickup, hard worker, high performance, and we were sorry to see him go. 

davengmusic
3 years 3 months ago

i remember watching that 20k game.  it was one of the most amazing  performances i got to see in real time.  all the best to him.