Can Mariners Hernandez Extend His Career in the Bullpen?
By Dustin Cook
4. Kerry Wood
Wood exploded onto the scene in 1998, going 13-6 with a 3.40 ERA and taking home the Rookie of The Year trophy. Unfortunately for Wood, and fans everywhere, the phenom missed the next season due to injury and while he stayed relatively successful, he didn’t live up to the expectations laid on him after his rookie campaign. In 2007, at the age of 30, Kerry moved into the closer role for the Cubs and saved 34 games. The next season he piled up 28 between Chicago and Cleveland but started to dwindle after that.
3. Tom Gordon
Dee’s dad was drafted by Kansas City in 1986. He made his first two starts in ’88, returning in ’89 with a spot in the rotation. He racked up 144 starts in his first couple years with Kansas City before signing with Boston in 1995 and transitioning to the bullpen. In 1998 Flash led the league in saves converting 46 of 47 opportunities, also earning his first All-Star appearance. Although he would not be an elite closer again, he became a very reliable reliever with a couple of years as closer mixed in throughout the rest of his 21-year career.