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Tyrone Wood is a former professional baseball player. He played six seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, primarily as a first baseman. Woods was the 5th pick of the Montreal Expos in the 1988 MLB draft as a high school third baseman. His debut year showed no indication of the heights he would reach as a pro player.
He fielded .882, making 10 errors in 32 games for the GCL Expos and batted just .121. He hit just 2 home runs in 149 at bats and walked 7 times while whiffing 47 times. He was also caught stealing four times in six tries, completing the struggles defensively, offensively and on the basepaths. Woods was promoted to the Jamestown Expos in 1989. In Single-A, Woods hit .263; he continued to strike out frequently (58 times in 209 AB), but his walks were up (20) and his average and power (9 homers) were also improved. In 1990, Woods regressed. With the Rockford Expos, the 20-year-old third baseman hit just .242, but it was still well above the team average (.226). He also led the team in doubles (27), homers (8) and strikeouts (121). His OBP was about .310 and he slugged .363. Woods made it to High-A in 1991 and he hit just .220 for the West Palm Beach Expos, which was still tolerable in a pitching-friendly environment. He also was moved from third base to the outfield that year. 1998 found Woods in the Korea Professional Baseball at the relatively young age of 28. He became the first foreign player to hit a home run and the first to be ejected from a game by an umpire in the league's first year integrating outsiders. Playing for the Doosan Bears, he set a new KBO record with 42 homers and won the MVP award. Until 2007, he was the only foreigner to have won the Korea Baseball Organization MVP. Two years later, he hit .315 with 39 homers and 111 RBI and lost the home run race by one to Park Kyung-wan. He had another big year in 2001, winning MVP honors in the All-Star game, playoffs and Korean Series, in which be blasted 4 homers in 6 games for Doosan.
In 2002, Woods started slowly and hit just .256; he struck out 123 times in 407 AB though he did blast 25 homers. Overall in five years in Korea, he hit 174 homers, driven in 510 and batted .294. Woods left Korea with the longest career of any foreign player in the history of the KBO. In 2005, Jay Davis broke his mark. Woods left the Bears to try his hand in Japan in 2003, signing with the Yokohama BayStars. Nippon Pro Baseball fans were quite critical of the move, alleging that Woods was on the decline. Woods proved the skeptics to wrong as he hit .273 and tied for the home run lead with Alex Ramirez with 40. He was 6th in the Central League in slugging, 4th in walks (66) and 5th in RBI (87) though he also led the league with 132 K's. Woods became the first man to lead a league in homers in both Korea and Japan.
Woods improved in his second year with Yokohama, hitting .298. He made the Best Nine at first base, tied Tuffy Rhodes for the home run lead with 45, was third in walks (74) and tied for third in RBIs (103). He was also 5th in slugging and 4th in OBP and OPS. He struck out 142 times, which ranked him third in that category.