Wood, Zambrano fall off 2019 Hall-of-Fame ballot


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Jerry Lai - USA Today Sports
Jerry Lai - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs had Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano, and Sammy Sosa on the BBWAA Hall-of-Fame ballot this winter but none of them made the cut as new members of the prestigious Hall-of-Fame.

Wood received two votes while Zambrano didn't get a single vote. Therefore, both players didn't receive the necessary votes (5 percent) from the 422 voters to remain on the ballot in 2019.

Wood didn't expect to become a Hall-of-Famer in the following funny message talking to the Chicago Tribune.

"If I get one vote, we’re having a blowout party," he said. "I’m going to call the guy who voted for me, whoever voted for me and apologize. It they voted me they’re probably losing their credential."

Wood pitched 14 years in the majors but was never a top finalist for the CY Young.

Zambrano was a three-time All-Star and also won four Silver Slugger Awards for his prowess hitting 24 career homers.

However good news if you are a fan of Sammy Sosa as he received 38 votes (7.8%) which is enough for him to stay on the ballot next year. The slugger had 609 career homers so it will be interesting to see if his vote total surges next season and beyond as we get farther away from the PED era.


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