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Kerry Lee Wood was born on 16 June 1977, in Irving, Texas, USA, and is a retired professional baseball player, best known to have played as a pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) for teams such as the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Kerry Wood? As of early-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $40 million, mostly earned through a successful career in professional baseball spanning 1998 until 2012. He is recognized as producing the greatest single-game pitching performance in MLB history, recording 20 strikeouts against the Houston Astros. All of his achievements have ensured the position of his wealth.
Kerry Wood Net Worth $40 million
Kerry attended MacArthur High School, playing baseball for three seasons before transferring to Grand Prairie High School, completing his final season there. After matriculating, he joined the 1995 Amateur Draft and was selected by the Chicago Cubs as the fourth overall selection. He played in the minor leagues for three years, posting a 10-2 record for the Daytona Cubs the following year.
In 1998, he made his major league debut and would do a one-hit, no-walk, 20-strikeout against the Houston Astros breaking Bill Gullickson’s rookie record. The performance earned the highest number ever calculated for a pitcher in a nine-inning game at 105. He finished the season with a 13-6 record, receiving the National League Rookie of the Year award despite missing a month due to elbow soreness.
In 1999, Wood had to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair damage to his right elbow which led to him missing the entire season. He would bounce back in 2001 with a 12-6 record, and would continue to set career highs the following year. In 2003, he produced a career high 266 strikeouts, and was reported to throw the fastest fastball at 95.4 miles per hour. He was selected as a National League All-Star, and would continue their run into the play-offs before being defeated by the eventual World Series champions the Florida Marlins. In 2004, he was sidelined for two months with a strained triceps and would continue to struggle in 2005 due to injuries. In 2007, he accepted the position as a relief pitcher due to his history of injuries. He played fewer games, but remained healthy with less playing time. However, in 2008 Kerry was not re-signed by the Cubs.
He then played for two years with the Cleveland Indians, increasing his net worth. He struggled with injuries once again, and was then traded to the New York Yankees, who would win the 2010 ALDS though Wood didn’t play much. He then agreed to a one year deal with the Cubs for $1.5 million which helped his net worth. He re signed with the Cubs in 2012 for a $3 million deal, but retired in May 2012 to a standing ovation from the crowd.
For his personal life, it is known that Kerry married Sarah Pates in 2002, and they have three children. He does charity work, notably a silent auction that was part of a celebrity bowling tournament called “Kerry Wood’s Strike Zone”. In 2013, he discovered a corpse on Belmont Harbor while paddle-boarding. The person had been reported as missing by a nursing home.