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According to multiple reports, Chicago Cubs reliever and longtime fan favorite Kerry Wood will announce his retirement today.

Obviously we’ll have more on this as it evolves, but some of us have seen this coming for a few weeks now. Sad that he couldn’t go out on his own terms.

Kerry Wood is one of many Cubs players who made the Cubs worth cheering for. I’m looking forward to the next chapter. 

I’m traveling this morning (hence the obvious phone post), so I might be in the air when the actual announcement comes down. Feel free to drop salient info into the comments.

UPDATE: Matt Spiegel says Kerry actually hoped to pitch today and then retire tomorrow, but his wife’s tweets may have accellerated the process (her tweets tipped folks off about a possible retirement this morning). Kerry apparently still hopes to pitch today. I hope he gets a shot, and I *really* hope he throws a scoreless frame.

UPDATE II: Now reports say Kerry will probably get one last appearance at some point during White Sox series (not necessarily today), and then probably announce retirement.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    If he is retiring, all the best to him.  I hope he enjoys a nice, long vacation with his family, and then comes back to the Cubs as a roving pitching instructor in the minors, or as a third man in the booth Pat and Keith, or something.

    • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

      I “second” your hopes. As far as a third in the booth, I’ve had enough of Moreland…Too bad he is not retiring…

      • Deer

        absolutely, WGNradio needs to phase out Moreland.

    • Joe

      Ditto. Is he the next Ronnie in the booth? Anybody heard Kid K broadcast before? He seems a little too even-keeled to be especially exciting to listen to, to be honest.

  • Rynomite

    Wow.

  • http://justinjabs.com/blog Justin Jabs

    Very unfortunate.

    • http://justinjabs.com/blog Justin Jabs

      That it was like this, I mean.

      • Wilbur

        I know it’s sad to see him go out on an injury, during the season; but for a competitor like Wood he can walk away knowing he gave it every chance. Nothing was left off the field. There can be some satisfaction/closure for him with the realization he was able to play every inning he could …

  • Cedlandrum

    I’m a little surprised but not shocked. It does leave the construction of the bullpen as a greater question. Jed/Theo did nothing to help this bullpen and it has KILLED the Cubs all season. Now there is just another hole to be filled.

  • LWeb23

    Unfortunate for him to end like this, but honestly it is fortunate for the club. What a great man on and off the field, though. Cheers to Woody.

  • mjhurdle

    Hate to see him go out like this.

    As bad as he has been, Still one of my favorite Cubs i have seen play.

    Hopefully he finds some way to stick around the organization.

  • http://justinjabs.com/blog Justin Jabs

    Is MLB.com down for anyone else?

    • RoughRiider

      Yes

  • Sweetjamesjones

    Man. I wish nothing but the best for him.

  • Joker

    Mixed bad of emotions right now. It’s the right call, but I am still a little shocked to know it’s happening.

  • Spencer

    This is unfortunate, but necessary. Kerry has been a Cub for a long time, and has given some great memories to the team. Also, he does a ton of charity work and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. He’s a stand up, classy guy. He’s just struggled on the mound this season. Hopefully this was his decision and he didn’t get pressured by the FO. His veteran presence will be missed.

  • rcleven

    Thank’s for the memories K Wood. This is how I will remember You.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDgnfm3NOVY

    • TWC

      Just stunning.

    • TWC

      I love the one where Bagwell just starts walking towards the dugout before the pitch even crossed the plate.  And when Alou strews his bat down in disgust.  Ha.

      • hansman1982

        I did notice that Alou threw a couple hissy fits on that day. Puts the incident in 2003 in perspective.

    • Katie

      I got goosebumps again watching that. Simply amazing.

  • fromthemitten

    thanks for the memories Kerry. I’d like to think “what if Dusty hadn’t ruined his arm” we might be talking hall of fame credentials right now. Far and away my favorite Cub the past 15 or so years. class act and he’ll be missed. hopefully he’ll get a job in the organization. It was painful to see him struggle.

    • chris

      His high school coach and his mechanics led to his arm injuries. Prior, on the other hand, all dustys fault

      • Dante Hicks

        Riggleman didn’t help Kerry either. And Prior, I’ve always believed had some extra vitamin help in addition to Dusty. No proof, of course, just sammy vitamins had me wonder.

  • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

    Kerry has been ALL class througout his career. He gave it a go because he is a competitor, but even he knows he doesn’t have it anymore. He is doing the organIzation a favor. Cheers to one of the good guys on and off the field!!! I’m sure he will be part of the organIzation in some capacity…

  • RWakild

    Now can we get Soriano to retire? All kidding aside. Kerry Wood is one of my favorite Cubs of all time. He knew he didn’t have “it” this year and retired rather than hurting the team. Takes him another notch up just below Sandberg in my book. Class, Class, Class.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Hopefully he’s parting on good enough terms with the Cubs that he’ll continue to work with them in some capacity.  We shouldn’t forget how instrumental he was in the Cubs getting to post-season in ’98, ’03 and ’08; and although people have forgotten ’01, it was his pitching more than anyone else’s that kept the Cubs in the race until the last couple of weeks.

  • Matt

    Thanks for the memories Mr. Wood.

    Class act all the way.

  • David

    Wow, going to miss him a lot.

    On another note, I’m very happy to be going to today’s game. I’ll give Woody a big ovation if this does prove to be true.

  • Brent

    I wish he would just take a year off and see if he has his stuff back next year. I’m going to hate to see him go. One of my all-time favorites and had my all-time favorite pitching performance.

    “Here comes the hook…”

  • Earl Cunningham

    I wish they would have him start today. He deserves for his last outing to be as a starting pitcher. With no tomorrow to save it for, maybe he would bring back that nasty slurve. Can we start a groundswell for this?

  • chris

    Man it woild be the day i have to work!! Im going saturday and sunday and would love to wear my wood jersey and watch the announcement. But, as everyone else said, hope theo finds something for him to do with the cubs even if its just an ambassador like pippen with the bulls

  • ytowncubsfan

    Thanks for the memories Kerry… I know he isn’t doing it on his own terms but glad to see him do it as a Cub. Hopefully Theo already has a position for him waiting if Kerry does want to get in the buisness side of things.

  • Caleb

    Bruce levin just gave an official tweet. Cheers to you Kerry- you rock!

  • Beer Baron

    I’m a little surprised they didn’t try another DL stint to see if he can get over whatever it is that is affecting him, but that would just be prolonging the inevitable. Good to see an athlete knowing when to say when. I actually met Kerry when working on a comittee for Children’s Memorial Hospital and he was an absolutely great guy. Not just showing up the day of the event like most athletes do with their charitable work, but he actually came to some of the meetings and helped out with strategy, planning, etc. A real class act.

  • RoughRiider

    If it’s true, I’m sorry to see Kerry go out like this. So much unfullfilled promise. If not for the injuries he could have gone down as one of the all time greats in not just Cubs but baseball history. Good luck Kerry on whatever you decide to do fom this point on. All Class all the time.

  • Hebner The Gravedigger

    I will still proudly wear my Wood jersey when the Cubs come to beat the Twins in June.

  • http://justinjabs.com/blog Justin Jabs

    Sullivan says Kerry wants to be available for today’s game.

  • Ivy Walls

    This was telegraphed when he threw his glove and hat into the crowd. One thing that makes a champion type competitor like Wood is understanding the level of performance one personally needs to be able to do to enjoy the sport.

    I knew this in 1994 when I quit golf even though I still carried a 4 handicap. I saw that my game was going to diminish greatly due to escalating arthritic knees and my putting abilities beginning to falter.

    I still have family and friends wonder why, only those who actually love the competition within the sport understood.

  • aCubsFan

    I don’t get it. Why is everyone so sorry to see him go out this way? What other way could have been? He’s been on the DL more than he ever pitched (16 times in 13 years). His arm was hanging at the end of last season so what made anyone thing he was going to be healthy this year?

    It irks me to no end that while he knew he wasn’t completely healthy he is attempting to hold the Cubs up for an extra million or so. For what?

    He seems like a nice guy. I wish him well. But, good riddance.

    • RoughRiider

      You’re right !!!
      You don’t get it.

      • Richard Nose

        I gotta think if there’s ever been a point in your life where you didn’t root for Kerry Wood or if you’ve ever contemplated saying the words “good riddance” regarding Kerry Wood, ya might night be aCubsFan.

  • Dustin S

    Congratulations on a long career to Kerry and thanks for the many years of memories. I don’t think he’ll ever need to pay for a beer in Chicago. In fact I’d have to put having a beer with Kerry (and Gracie for that matter) on my bucket list. One of the most liked Cubs ever. WHEN the Cubs win it all I hope Kerry is in the front row.

  • Brian

    Can he retire, then remain on as an assitant bench coach?

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