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Encyclopedia > Kerry Wood (baseball player)
Kerry Wood
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Chicago Cubs — No. 34
Pitcher
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 1998 for the Chicago Cubs
Selected MLB statistics (through 2005)
Wins-Losses     70 - 54
ERA     3.67
Strikeouts     1286

Kerry Lee Wood (born June 16, 1977 in Irving, Texas) is an American baseball player. A right handed pitcher, he plays for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. Image File history File links Kerry_Wood. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) National Association (1871,1874-1875) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1908 â€¢ 1907 NL Pennants (10) 1945 â€¢ 1938 â€¢ 1935 â€¢ 1932 1929 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1910 â€¢ 1908 1907 â€¢ 1906 Central Division titles (1) 2003 East Division titles... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K, K-S, or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... June 16 is the 167th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (168th in leap years), with 198 days remaining. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Irving is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within Dallas County. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a... Major league affiliations National League (1876-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) National Association (1871,1874-1875) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1908 â€¢ 1907 NL Pennants (10) 1945 â€¢ 1938 â€¢ 1935 â€¢ 1932 1929 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1910 â€¢ 1908 1907 â€¢ 1906 Central Division titles (1) 2003 East Division titles... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ...


Wood became a high school phenom while attending Mac Arthur High School, in Irving Texas for his first three seasons of high school baseball, he continued his domination of batters at Grand Prairie High School in his final season as a high school player.[1] He was drafted by the Cubs in the first round (4th overall) of the 1995 Amateur Draft. A much-hyped prospect in the minor leagues, he made his MLB debut in 1998. He wasted no time showing the world his talent when in only his fifth career start on May 6, 1998 he hurled a one-hit 20-strikeout shutout against the Houston Astros (which tied the Major League record for single game strikeouts), which is known as one of the best games ever pitched in MLB history. The only basehit was by Houston Astros shortstop, Ricky Gutierrez. Ricky would later play shortstop for the Cubs in his career also. The hit was a questionable call by the official scorekeeper, as many feel that third baseman Kevin Orie should have been charged with a fielding error. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... Major league affiliations National League (1962-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (1) 2005 Central Division titles (4) 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 West Division titles (2) [1][2] 1986 â€¢ 1980 Wild card berths (2) 2005 â€¢ 2004 [1... Major league affiliations National League (1962-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (1) 2005 Central Division titles (4) 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 West Division titles (2) [1][2] 1986 â€¢ 1980 Wild card berths (2) 2005 â€¢ 2004 [1... Ricardo Ricky Gutiérrez (born May 23, 1970 in Miami, Florida) is a second baseman who plays with the Boston Red Sox. ... The position of the third baseman Third base redirects here. ... Kevin Leonard Orie (born September 1, 1972 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) is a Major League Baseball third baseman. ...


Wood finished the 1998 season with a 13-6 record, and despite missing the last month of the season with elbow soreness, easily won the National League Rookie of the Year award. Wood did return to pitch one game in the playoffs that year against the Atlanta Braves, but suffered the loss. That would be his last appearance in a Cubs uniform for more than a year. In spring training of 1999, Wood underwent Tommy John surgery to repair damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Returning in 2000 Wood struggled to an 8-7 record before returning to form in 2001. Since then Wood has matured, being selected as an all-star in 2003. This article refers to the American baseball league. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Tommy John surgery, known by doctors as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL), is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body (often from the forearm, hamstring, or foot of the patient). ... Tommy John surgery, known by doctors as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL), is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the elbow is replaced with a tendon or ligament from elsewhere in the body (often the forearm, hamstring or wrist). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Known for his upper-90s fastball which reaches 100 once in a while and his ability to get strikeouts, he has teamed with fellow righthander Mark Prior to form a 1-2 punch that led the Cubs to the 2003 NLCS which they lost in seven games (in spectacular fashion) to the eventual World Series champion Florida Marlins. Mark William Prior (born September 7, 1980 in San Diego, California, USA) is a Major League Baseball player. ... In Major League Baseball, the National League Championship Series (NLCS) determines who wins the National League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series, facing the winner of the American League Championship Series. ... The Inning is a slang name given to the 8th inning of Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series between the eventual World Series Champion Florida Marlins and the perennial lovable losers, Chicago Cubs. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations National League (1993-present) East Division (1993-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 2003 â€¢ 1997 NL Pennants (2) 2003 â€¢ 1997 East Division titles (0) None Wild card berths (2) 2003 â€¢ 1997 Major league nicknames Florida Marlins (1993-present) Major league home ballparks Dolphin Stadium (1993...


The 2004 season was a trying one for Wood and the Cubs. Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the baseball preview issue (the accompanying text predicted the Cubs would win the World Series), Wood went just 8-9, and was sidelined for nearly two months with a strained biceps. Critics would harp on the fact that Wood never has won more than 14 games in a season.


The Cubs led the Wild Card race by two games with a week to go in the season, when the wheels came off on their season. The Cubs lost seven of their last nine games to finish 89-73, two games behind Houston.


Wood lost two of those games, including a 3-2 loss to New York on Sept. 26. Wood allowed three runs in the first inning before settling down for the next six innings. He also lost an Oct. 1 decision to Atlanta 5-4, as light-hitting Dewayne Wise and opposing starting pitcher Mike Hampton each hit two-run homers off of him. That loss pushed the Cubs to the brink of elimination. Michael William Hampton (born September 9, 1972 in Brooksville, Florida, USA) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who plays with the Atlanta Braves (2003-04). ...


Wood was also associated with some locker room controversy two days later when star right-fielder Sammy Sosa departed Wrigley Field 15 minutes into the Cubs' season finale. Several Cubs teammates were angry with Sosa for quitting on his teammates, and an unidentified teammate destroyed the star's stereo with a baseball bat. Speculation immediately centered on the hot-tempered Wood, as well as second-baseman Todd Walker. Both players have denied the allegation. Samuel (Sammy) Sosa Peralta (born November 12, 1968 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a right fielder in Major League Baseball in free agency. ... Todd Arthur Walker (born May 25, 1973 in Bakersfield, California) is a current second baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Chicago Cubs. ...


Due to Wood's late injuries and the Cubs' struggles in 2005, on August 31 Wood underwent season ending arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. Timothy Kremcheck. After a setback during the spring, which required an additional surgery on his knee, Wood returned to the Cubs' rotation on May 18, 2006 when he pitched in a game at home against the Washington Nationals. He received the loss, giving up four runs, including three home runs, and striking out six in five innings. In June Wood returned to the DL. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Wood is married to the former Sarah Pates of Waukegan, Illinois. After the Fox network took to showing her reactions in the crowd during playoff games Kerry was starting, he asked that the shots of her in live telecasts be reduced. Waukegan is a city located in Lake County, Illinois, of which it is the county seat. ...


Note

  1.   http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/team/player_career.jsp?player_id=134268

External links

  • Kerry Wood's career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com
  • The Baseball Cube - Major and Minor League Statistics
  • ESPN.com: Kerry Wood
  • Chicago Cubs official page on Wood's career
Preceded by:
Scott Rolen
National League Rookie of the Year
1998
Succeeded by:
Scott Williamson

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Kerry Wood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (958 words)
Kerry Lee Wood (born June 16, 1977 in Irving, Texas) is an American baseball player.
Wood's contract expired at the end of the 2006 season, and he and the Cubs agreed to a one-year contract for 2007.
Wood is married to the former Sarah Pates of Waukegan, Illinois.
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