CHICAGO- For a pitcher that at one point delivered some of the hottest stuff that the MLB has seen over the past 15 years, Kerry Wood seemed to be one step away from immortality.
His career runs semi-parallel to the NFL’s Dan Marino in the sense that he was physically gifted, did some amazing thing and sputtered out down the last leg of his career only to never win a championship.
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That won’t stop him from being remembered as one of the team’s greatest and as such he’s on his way to life in front office.
After his official retirement ceremony at Wrigley field on Saturday Cubs president Theo Epstein spoke to the Chicago Sun Times about handing Wood the keys to a corner office.
‘‘Those discussions started last year,’’ Epstein said. ‘‘We talked about it last year, what player development looks like, scouting, the front office. And, obviously, he still has a role to play in the community. But right now, he has to take time to just be a dad. . . . When the time is right, we’ll talk about it.’’
Wood confirmed that he will return to the organization ‘‘I’m not real concerned about it. I think they know I want to be here. I think they want me to be around. So we’ll get to that point.’’
The way it sounds that point won’t materialize this season. When it does, will Wood be simply a face that the team parades in front of the public or will he be a true decision maker in Epstein’s administration?