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Lee Smith & Rafael Palmeiro Denied Chance at Hall of Fame — Wrigley Field 1/5/11

Posted on 05 January 2011 by Lou

Former Cubs players — Lee Smith and Rafael Palmeiro — were both denied entrance into the Hall of Fame.  Smith received just 45 percent of the vote while Palmeiro received 11 percent of the vote.  Palmeiro is 1 of only 4 players to have at least 3,000 hits (3,020) and 500 home runs (569), but his legacy is marred by the fact that he tested positive for steroids back in July 2005, just months after he testified that he never used steroids during his professional baseball career in front of a congressional panel in March 2005.   Smith missed out for the 9th time — he was baseball’s saves leader at the time of his retirement with 478 saves and 802 games finished.  Trevor Hoffman (601 saves and 856 games finished) and Mariano Rivera (559 saves and 829 games finished) have each surpassed Smith in those categories.

The 2011 Hall of Fame Class will include just 2 players — Roberto Alomar who garnered 90% of the vote and Bert Blyleven who received 79.7% of the vote…

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It’s Official — Cubs Announce Signing of Kerry Wood – Wrigley Field 12/17/10

Posted on 17 December 2010 by Lou

It’s official – Kerry Wood is a member of the Cubs again.  The 33-year old returns to the team that drafted him 4th overall in the 1995 draft.  Wood was excited to be back in Chicago — “It’s never been about the money.  It’s about being home and being here at Wrigley, which is home for me.”  He will make $1.5 million in 2011 and he will also have incentive and award based bonuses that could up that figure.

After a rough year and a half with the Indians in Cleveland, Wood emerged as the New York Yankees most dependable set up man for closer Mariano Rivera down the stretch in 2010.  In 24 appearances with the Yankees, Wood was 2-0 with a sparkling 0.69 ERA.  He is still healthy and he is looking forward to performing in a set-up role out of the bullpen for Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.

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