Bill Wood (born 1941) is a former baseball executive. He was the general manager (GM) of the Houston Astros from 1987 to 1993. He later worked in the front office of the Cincinnati Reds.

Wood was the Assistant Director of Scouting and Minor League Clubs for the Houston Astros in 1977 and 1978 and the Astros' Director of Minor League Operations from 1979 to 1985.[1] He was the Assistant GM in 1986 and 1987, and was promoted to GM on December 7, 1987.[2] He was noted for his failure to draft Derek Jeter from the 1992 MLB Draft with the first overall pick, a decision he later said he regretted.[3] Nevertheless, he is also remembered for trading for Jeff Bagwell. He served as GM until he was fired on October 6, 1993.[4]

He was hired as a special assistant to the GM of the Cincinnati Reds in December 2003 and served in that capacity from 2004 to 2005.[1][5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Baseball America Executive Database: Bill Wood". BaseballAmerica.com. GrindMedia. Archived from the original on 2013-04-30. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Carroll, Frank (December 8, 1987). "Astros Name Wood General Manager". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2014-05-26. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Axisa, Mike (January 28, 2014). "22 years after passing on Jeter, Astros have franchise SS in Correa". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on 2014-05-26. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Baseball Daily Report: Around the Majors: Astros Fire Howe and Wood; Watson Becomes Second Black General Manager". Associated Press. October 6, 1993. Archived from the original on 2014-05-26. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Haft, Chris (December 8, 2003). "Bill Wood joins Reds' front office". MLB.com. Archived from the original on 2014-05-26. Retrieved May 26, 2014.