Kerry Wood's retirement has dominated headlines this Friday. We've been all over the coverage from Wrigley Field, but when such a popular and noteworthy player calls it quits so suddenly, people around the world take notice.
So let's take a peek at what others are saying about Kid K's retirement:
--This was my favorite article of the day. CBSSports' Jon Heyman describes what Wood's career has meant to him. Heyman says that it's not Wood's numbers that resonate with him, but rather the fact that Wood said he didn't care about the money and meant it.
--Joe Posnanski, one of the truly great baseball writers of our time, weighs in on the Wood retirement as well. If something big happens in the world of professional baseball, there may be no better take on the matter than that of Posnanski's.
--Sports Illustrated's Joe Lemire likens Wood's career to a Shakespearean play, and it's hard to say he's wrong on that. Very interesting take here.
--Here's video of Wood running in for his final appearance ever.
--Kerry said his slider was his main weapon that day he struck out 20 back in 1998.
--Is Kerry Wood the latest victim of the Cubs' legacy?
--CBSChicago's Adam Hoge says Kerry Wood's career is anything but irrelevant.
--Andrew Fisher from RantSports, a Chicago-based blog network run by some really good guys, says Kerry will always be one of the all-time great Cubs.
--John Arguello, who does a great job with Tom Loxas over at CubsDen, takes a look back at Kerry's 20 strikeout game that earned him the nickname "Kid K."
Depending on which report you choose to believe, the White Sox could be on the verge of filling the void in their outfield with one of the bigger names on this winter’s free-agent market.
Dominican reporter Frank Castillo tweeted Saturday that the White Sox will sign Marcell Ozuna, planning to announce the free-agent deal Monday.
Well, that was followed up by a report from The Score’s Bruce Levine, who said the White Sox are not about to sign Ozuna.
So there’s that.
The White Sox were connected to Ozuna earlier this offseason, as well as more recently, with MLB.com’s Jon Morosi writing last week that the team had interest in Japanese import Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, but were waiting to hear on the decisions of Ozuna and fellow free agent Nicholas Castellanos first.
Ozuna turned heads with his fantastic 2017 season for the Miami Marlins, when he slashed .312/.376/.548 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs. Since being dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals, Ozuna hit .263/.327/.452 with 52 homers and 177 RBIs in two seasons.
The White Sox have a pressing need in right field, making it little surprise that they’ve been tied to numerous options, including Ozuna, Castellanos and Joc Pederson. Ozuna, though, exclusively played left field in St. Louis. Were the White Sox to add him, would they insist he play right field? They’ve expressed little to no interest in moving Eloy Jimenez out of left field.
It’s rumor season, and there should be plenty more of them with the Winter Meetings starting Monday in San Diego. The White Sox are expected to continue the aggressive approach they’ve displayed already this winter with the signing of Yasmani Grandal and their reported high bid to Zack Wheeler, who took less money to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies.
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The Blackhawks recalled forward Dylan Sikura from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the team announced Sunday morning. In a corresponding move for financial reasons, Anton Wedin was reassigned to Rockford.
Sikura leads the IceHogs in goals (nine), points (16) and shots on goal (99) in 22 games this season. He was on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) prior to the call-up.
Sikura has appeared in 38 games across two seasons for the Blackhawks and is still searching for his first career NHL goal. He has 11 assists and 61 shots on goal over that span, averaging 11:34 of ice time.
Sunday's game against the Arizona Coyotes will be Sikura's first with the Blackhawks this season after starting the 2019-20 campaign in Rockford.
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