The lasting legacy of Kerry Wood
It was just time, Kerry Wood explained, in announcing his retirement. Time to spend more time with his family, because he can. Time for relief from the day-to-day grind of preparing to pitch. Time to walk away from a sport he loved -- a sport which presumably broke his heart more than a few times.
Wood won 86 games in his career and lost 75, and pitched fewer than 1,500 innings. According to baseball-reference.com, some pitchers he compares with -- statistically -- are Moe Drabowsky, Kelvim Escobar and Don Larsen.
But his legacy is far more complex than his numbers indicate, and his impact is much more lasting.
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