From BR Bullpen
Kerry Lee Wood (Kid K)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 220 lb.
- High School Grand Prairie High School
- Debut April 12, 1998
- Final Game May 18, 2012
- Born June 16, 1977 in Irving, TX USA
 Biographical Information
Kerry Wood is one of the great strikeout pitchers in baseball history, with 10.32 strikeouts per nine innings, ranking (as of 2012) # 2 on the all-time list behind Randy Johnson. In only his fifth major league start, Kerry struck out 20 Houston Astros on May 6, 1998, a major league record. Wood pitched 14 seasons with a record of 86-75 and 63 saves, but also made 16 trips to the disabled list.
He never won more than 14 games in a single season, and never pitched more than 214 innings in any season either, as he was plagued by injuries for all of his career, as was the case for his former teammate Mark Prior. He was reconverted to the bullpen in 2007 and became the Cubs' closer in 2008, saving 34 games and being named to the All-Star team.
Wood was the winning hurler in the 10,000th win in Chicago Cubs history, doing so on April 23, 2008 against the Colorado Rockies. With two outs in the 9th, he blew the save when Scott Podsednik singled and Ryan Spilborghs tripled, but Chicago scored in the 10th. Kip Wells took the loss.
On May 18, 2012, Wood announced publicly that he would pitch one more time for the Cubs, and then retire. His last outing came that same afternoon, in an interleague game against the Chicago White Sox. Wood replaced Jeff Samardzija with one out in the 8th, struck out the only batter he faced, Dayan Viciedo, and then was replaced by James Russell, leaving to a standing ovation and hugging his son Justin on the dugout steps. He had also started his career with a strikeout, fanning the Montreal Expos' Mark Grudzielanek, the first batter he faced in his debut on April 12, 1998.
 Notable Achievements
- 1998 NL Rookie of the Year Award
- 1998 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- 2-time NL All-Star (2003 & 2008)
- NL Strikeouts Leader (2003)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (2002 & 2003)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 4 (1998 & 2001-2003)
- 30 Saves Seasons: 1 (2008)
|NL Rookie of the Year|
|Scott Rolen||Kerry Wood||Scott Williamson|
 Records Held
- Strikeouts, game (9 innings), 20, May 6, 1998 (tied)