Jason William Wood
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
- School Fresno City College, California State University, Fresno
- High School McLane High School (Fresno)
- Debut April 1, 1998
- Final Game April 2, 2008
- Born December 16, 1969 in San Bernardino, CA USA
Originally, Jason Wood was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 56th round (1333rd overall) of the 1988 amateur draft. Opting not to sign with the Blue Jays, he was then drafted in the 39th round (1009th) of the 1990 amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves. Still, he did not sign. Finally, after being drafted in the 11th round (308th) of the 1991 amateur draft by the Oakland Athletics, he decided to sign.
Wood, who had fair power, started off his professional career on a bumpy road - in three out of his first five minor league seasons, he had a batting average in the .230s. He did improve after a few years, hitting .321 in 1997. Near the middle of October, 1997, Wood was granted free agency. About 10 days later, he was re-signed by the Athletics.
Wood pitched a total of 2 innings in his minor league career, all in 1996. He has an ERA of 0.00. He pitched one inning in the majors on June 29, 2007 for the Marlins against the Atlanta Braves. In the top of the ninth with his club behind 12-3, Wood set down Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur and Kelly Johnson in order to record a perfect lifetime ERA of 0.00.
He did not have very much success in spring training - in 2003 and 2004 with the Marlins, he had a combined batting average of .094. In 1998, Wood earned $170,000. In 1999, he earned $210,000. Wood has worn four different uniform numbers - 39 with the Athletics, 43 with the Tigers in 1998, 32 with the Tigers in 1999, and 28 with the Marlins in 2006.
On July 23, 2011 Wood was inducted into the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame for his achievements over five seasons with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes.
Wood managed in the Texas Rangers minor league system for several years. He worked with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, in the Carolina League in 2011-2013. In 2011, the Pelicans won the Carolina League Southern Division first-half title to clinch a postseason berth in Wood's managerial debut. Wood also managed the 2012 Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.
He shares a name with a player agent named Jason Wood. Unfortunately, when the agent got in trouble in January 2018 because of allegations that he had spied on players showering with a hidden camera, initial reports conflated the two persons and claimed incorrectly it was him who had been suspended by the MLBPA.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2011||Myrtle Beach Pelicans||Carolina League||72-67||3rd||Texas Rangers||Lost in 1st round|
|2012||Myrtle Beach Pelicans||Carolina League||74-65||2nd||Texas Rangers||Lost in 1st round|
|2013||Myrtle Beach Pelicans||Carolina League||77-62||2nd||Texas Rangers||Lost in 1st round|
|2014||Frisco RoughRiders||Texas League||80-59||1st||Texas Rangers||Lost in 1st round|
|2015||Round Rock Express||Pacific Coast League||78-66||5th(t)||Texas Rangers||Lost League Finals|
|2016||Round Rock Express||Pacific Coast League||71-72||7th (t)||Texas Rangers|
|2017||Round Rock Express||Pacific Coast League||68-72||12th||Texas Rangers|
|2018||Round Rock Express||Pacific Coast League||65-73||13th||Texas Rangers|
|2019||Nashville Sounds||Pacific Coast League||66-72||9th||Texas Rangers|