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05/18/2012

Former Grand Prairie star Kerry Wood set to retire from the Cubs

Kerry-woodKerry Wood will be forever remembered for his 20-strikeout performance as a rookie for the Chicago Cubs in '98, and electric stuff, but it was injuries that prevented him from becoming the celebrity ace his talent said he had.

The former star of Grand Prairie high school is scheduled to retire after a disappointing start to the season as a reliever for the Cubs.

In 8 1/3 innings this season with the Cubs, Wood had an 8.64 ERA with 11 walks and 5 stirkeouts. He will finish his career with an 86-75 record and 3.67 ERA in 13 big league seasons.

Solid. Not spectacular. And a bit too bad considering his immense talent.

Along with Mark Prior, Wood was a starter for the last good Cubs team; the one that reached the NLCS against the Marlins and led that series 3-2 before "Bartman" happened. Wood hit a home run in Game 7 of that series, but was the losing pitcher of record.

As good as Wood was, watching him retire inspires thoughts of what should have been. When Wood was right he was over powering. But he wasn't right very often, which was why he became a full-time reliever in 2006, and why he is retiring now.

 

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Chuckie

He was Mr. Potential. Loved his game. But he threw harder than his arm could handle.

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