ESPN: Cubs Pitcher Kerry Wood to Retire

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After 14 seasons in the Majors, Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will announce his retirement from baseball according to ESPN.

One of the more popular Cubs in recent memory, Wood made his Major League debut back in 1998. He made his presence felt right away in an infamous performance that year in which he struck out 20 batters.

The 34-year old Wood spent the first ten seasons of his career with the Cubs before playing for the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, then in 2011 he came back to the Cubs.

Despite his immense talent, Wood struggled with injuries for the majority of his career. He was a starting pitcher the first eight seasons of his career, but had to transition to the bullpen to stay on the field. He even saved 54 games from 2008-2009. He struggled this season though, going 0-2 with an 8.64 ERA.

Overall, he'll end his career with a lifetime record of 86-75 with an ERA of 3.67 as well as 1,581 strikeouts.

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