CHICAGO, IL - MAY 19: (L-R) Sarah Wood, Charlie Wood, Katie Wood, Kerry Wood and Justin Wood at Kerry Wood's formal retirement anouncement before a a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox on May 19, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Kerry Wood Retires: Iconic Pitcher Discusses Future With Organization

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood retired after striking out Dayan Viciedo on Friday.

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Kerry Wood Discusses Future With Organization

Following an emotional farewell on Friday, in which he struck out the final batter he ever faced in his career, Kerry Wood finally had the chance to think about what he wants to do now that he has officially retired. According to the Chicago Tribune, Wood will enjoy time with his family, but will maintain a role with the team:

Wood said he hasn't told the Ricketts about what he wanted to do, but sources said he will be around the team in a multi-capacity role as a "special assistant," like Greg Maddux was for the last two years of the Jim Hendry regime.

"I'm going to take some time here and enjoy the family," Wood said. "I got to go to a Little League game this morning, which was awesome. I'm really just going to enjoy this for a little while. I'm definitely going to miss the game, but I'm going to be watching, and I'll be around."

Wood pitched for 14 years, but his career was unfortunately derailed by 16 trips to the DL. He is probably best remembered for striking out 20 batters in just the fifth start of his career.

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Ex-Cubs GM: Wood "Always Does The Right Thing For The Cubs"

Ex-Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had his time at Wrigley Field overlap with much of Kerry Wood's career on the North Side. In Hendry's first six years as GM, Wood spent time in both the Cubs starting rotation and bullpen, and Hendry was also responsible for bringing Wood back to the Cubs prior to the 2011 season.

Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune spoke to Hendry on Friday after Wood's final game as a Cub, and Hendry said that he was "glad to see Wood go out the way he did" and that he enjoyed seeing Wood "finish off with a big out at the time."

Hendry also made mention of Wood's respect for the Cubs as an organization, saying:

It would have been easy to play it out the rest of the year. Obviously he chose to lessen the burden he felt he was putting on the club.

(via Chicago Tribune)

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Kerry Wood Will Announce His New Role With The Cubs On Saturday, According To Report

According to the Tribune's Paul Sullivan, newly-retired Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is going to announce a new role with the organization on Saturday.

Related: Ending With A K: Chicago Cubs Kerry Wood Pitches His Final MLB Game

During his retirement press conference on Friday, Wood expressed his desire to continue to be a part of the Cubs organization in some capacity.

"I want to be a part of this team and organization for a long time," Wood said in his postgame press conference. "Baseball was the one thing I knew how to do and now (that part ) is over."

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VIDEO: Kerry Wood Talks About Decision To Retire

On Friday afternoon, Kerry Wood made his final appearance as a Chicago Cub and struck out Dayan Viciedo. After the game he spoke with media members about his decision to retire from the game of baseball. In the video below, Wood talks about the timing of the move and how it was related to his health as well as how he'd been performing on the diamond.

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Here are some reactions from around the network:

Bleed Cubbie Blue: Kerry Wood Goes Out With Strikeout, On His Own Terms (Oh, Yes. Cubs Lose.)

Baseball Nation: The Grandeur And Disappointment Of Kerry Wood

Baseball Nation: Revisiting Kerry Wood's 20-Strikeout Game

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Kerry Wood Retirement: 'It Was Just Time'

Before hanging it up for good, Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood got the opportunity to make one last appearance on Friday. Wood relieved starter Jeff Samardzija in the eighth inning and struck out Dayan Viciedo of the White Sox before exiting to a big ovation from the Wrigley Field crowd.

After the game, he spoke to the media about his decision to retire from baseball.

Related: Ending With A K: Chicago Cubs Kerry Wood Pitches His Final MLB Game

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Ending With A K: Chicago Cubs Kerry Wood Pitches His Final MLB Game

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood has pitched his final game.

The long-time Cubs hurler threw his final three pitches for and against Chicago on Friday afternoon. With 1B Adam Dunn drawing a 1-out walk and the Cubs trailing 3-2, the northside called on Kerry for the last time. Chicago White Sox LF Dayan Viciedo fouled off the first two pitches, but whiffed on the third pitch as the Wrigley faithful erupted in cheers as Wood bid adieu to a career equal parts illustrious and frustratiing.

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Wood's final out.

Wood owns the distinction of pitching what was perhaps the single most amazing game in MLB history, a 20-strikeout game against a then-dominant Houston Astros team, but for all the majesty of his peak, his descent has been as equally pronounced. Various injuries -- both common and bizarre -- plagued Wood just as he appeared on the precipice of a long and dominant career.

By 2006, he had injured his way into the bullpen for good, and began anew as a late-inning reliever. He had several good seasons in relief, but with his fastball velocity down to 93.8 mph in 2012 and his frustration bleeding into his post-game interviews, Wood decided to do what almost no other player can do: He ended on his own terms. And he ended with a K.

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Kerry Wood Retirement: Cubs Reliever Could Make One Last Appearance Vs. White Sox, According To Report

Friday morning reports had Kerry Wood set to announce his retirement, which remains true, but with one interesting caveat: Wood apparently still wants to make one final appearance on the mound at Wrigley Field, most likely this weekend against the Chicago White Sox.

From the Paul Sullivan and the Chicago Tribune:

A source said Wood is available to pitch today and will be in the bullpen. Whether or not manager Dale Sveum will actually use Wood in the game is unknown, but it would be a fitting way for Wood to end his career- on the mound at Wrigley Field while receiving a standing ovation.

Is this the most Cubs thing ever or what?

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Kerry Wood Retirement: Chicago Cubs Reliever To Call It Quits

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is set to announce his retirement today.

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