Kerry Wood’s career is coming to a close. The Chicago Cubs pitcher is expected to announce his retirement after today’s game.
Wood is 0-2 this season with an 8.64 ERA. The 34-year-old has been battling health issues and has decided to call it quits. Wood will be available to pitch today but it’s not clear whether or not Dale Sveum will call him to the mound one last time.
The Cubs have not commented on the situation.
Wood’s biggest accomplishment game during his rookie season when he tied the Major League strikeout record with 20 and earned the nickname Kid K. He helped the Cubs find their way to the playoffs in 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2008. Wood spent most of his career with the Chicago Cubs but also played with Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees.
Wood was a two-time All-Star and will finish his career with an 86-75 record and 3.67 ERA. He also had 63 saves.
Wood returned to Chicago in 2011 but his trip back to Wrigley hasn’t gone exactly as planned. Last Wednesday he blew a 1 run lead against St. Louis. The week prior Wood threw his hat and gloves into the stands after a poor performance against Atlanta.
But today, if Kerry Wood steps out to the mound, fans will hopefully remember him for moments like this.