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Would Kerry Wood have retired if Cubs were contending?

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Would Kerry Wood have retired if Cubs were contending?

Kerry Wood shocked the baseball world -- and the Cubs fanbase -- by announcing his retirement two weeks ago, just before the first installment of the BP Crosstown Cup.

In the time since he hung it up, the "new Mr. Cub" said he's been busy, fishing and doing family stuff and working with his foundation.

Wood joined Pat Boyle on his podcast earlier this week and called into The Dan Patrick Show Friday morning to chat with the host.

The interview was a cool sneak peak into the regular life Wood is leading now -- he's driving in the carpool and had plans to take his son bowling or to Dave and Busters -- as well as the thought process before his retirement.

But Dan asked an awesome question -- would Wood have still retired if the Cubs were in contention?

"I don't think I could. Honestly, I don't think so," Wood replied. "I really felt like I was handcuffing Cubs manager Dale Sveum not being able to use me on back-to-back days. Up to this point, we were still trying to work to it. The arm just wasn't responding. I'd go out and pitch one inning and couldn't go for the next two days. You just can't do that coming out of the 'pen...It was time."

Interesting answer. Kind of sad to think about.

Check out the rest of the interview. Wood touches on such topics as advice from Mark Grace, the Steve Bartman game and incident and the 20-strikeout game.

2020 MLB season: All-Star game canceled, Dodgers awarded 2022 game

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2020 MLB season: All-Star game canceled, Dodgers awarded 2022 game

Major League Baseball announced Friday they've canceled the 2020 All Star Game, which was scheduled for July 14 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Braves are scheduled to host the 2021 Midsummer Classic, so MLB awarded the Dodgers the 2022 game.

"Based on the health circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic that are beyond MLB’s control along with governmental directives prohibiting large gatherings, the league determined it is unable to conduct the All-Star Game and its week of surrounding fan activities this year," MLB said in a statement.

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“Once it became clear we were unable to hold this year’s All-Star festivities, we wanted to award the Dodgers with the next available All-Star Game, which is 2022,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.  “I want to thank the Dodgers organization and the City of Los Angeles for being collaborative partners in the early stages of All-Star preparation and for being patient and understanding in navigating the uncertainty created by the pandemic.  

"The 2022 All-Star celebration promises to be a memorable one with events throughout the city and at picturesque Dodger Stadium.”

California has seen a 92 percent increase in COVID-19 cases this week compared to two weeks ago.

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Report: NHL 2020 training camp, hub city report, playoff start dates emerge

Report: NHL 2020 training camp, hub city report, playoff start dates emerge

Friday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported some key dates being targeted for the NHL's Return To Play plan, including the start of the 24-team playoff format.

McKenzie said the new slated date for team training camps (Phase 3) is July 13. Teams would report to the hub cities (reportedly Edmonton and Toronto) on July 26 with games and Phase 4 beginning on August 1. 

Bob also shed some light on when Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery and the conclusion of the playoffs may pan out.

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"The second phase of the NHL draft lottery will occur immediately following the best-of-five, play-in qualifying series, so around Aug. 10-12 if all were to go well. Stanley Cup final would wrap up in early October. NHL draft would happen soon after that," he tweeted Friday.

Related: Report: Edmonton expected to host Stanley Cup Final

In Phase 1, the No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 NHL Draft went to a placeholder team. Each of the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the postseason format will have a 12.5 percent chance of getting the top pick in Phase 2. 

Related: What if Blackhawks get No. 1 pick and select Alexis LaFreniere?