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Kerry Wood

Kerry Wood
So much greatness was expected from Kerry Wood, who won the National League Rookie of the Year in 1998, but he required Tommy John surgery the year after taking him out of the entire 1999 season. Wood would eventually come back and lead the NL in Strikeouts in 2003, but again injuries would pile up. He would a have tow year run as a closer in which he seemed to have found a new role, but he was our of Baseball well before many thought he would be finished. Wood retired with a 86 and 75 record with a 26.7 bWAR.

The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Irving, TX)

Eligible In:
The 2018 Vote


Played For:
Chicago Cubs
Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees

Major Accolades and Awards:
Rookie of the Year (NL) (1998)
2 Time All Star (2003 & 2008)
Most Strikeouts (1) (NL) (2003)
World Series Rings (None)

Other Points of Note:
2 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
1 Top Ten Finish (WHIP)
4 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
2 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
1 Top Ten Finish (Saves)
2 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)

Notable All Time Rankings:
42. WHIP: 1.132
72. Strikeouts: 1,988
95. WAR for Pitchers: 50.7

Should Kerry Wood be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 42.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 35%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 15%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 7.5%

If I Had a Vote in the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Election

Strategic voting. What you have to do when you have too many choices and not enough time or opportunities to realize all those choices.

Sounds like voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the last few years, doesn't it?

The good news is that since the Shutout of 2013, when the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) could not muster the 75 percent of the vote necessary to elect any one ballot candidate to the Hall of Fame despite a wealth of candidates from whom to choose (I counted 14), the BBWAA has sent a dozen players to Cooperstown. Based on that trend, and barring any unusual or unforeseen wrinkle, the writers are certain to elect at least one player for 2018.

48. Kerry Wood

Kerry Wood may not have had the career in the majors that he was pegged to have when he was a 21-year old flamethrower, but this was still a strong run for the Strikeout master.  For the Cubs, Wood became a two-time All-Star (2003 & 2008) and would lead the National League in Strikeouts in 2003.  He would throw for 1,470 Strikeouts over 1,278 Innings for 80 Wins.
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