Jody Davis was a rock solid catcher for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 August 2016 at 10:07 pm

Righty swinging catcher Jody Davis was a rock solid player for the Chicago Cubs.  He played in 990 games in his 8 years with the Cubs and he was 834 of 3,318 (.251 avg, .729 OPS) with 350 runs scored, 122 homers, 467 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He also played in the 1984 NLCS against the Padres (which they lost 3-2).  Davis played in all 5 games of the NLCS in 1984 for the Cubs and he was 7 for 18 (.389 avg, 1.202 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Davis was a two time All-Star with the Cubs and he also won a Gold Glove Award while playing with them.  His best year was not one of his All-Star seasons!  His best year for the Cubs was in 1983, when he played in 151 games in which he was 138 of 510 (.271 avg, .795 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 24 homers and 84 RBIs.  Davis is still #18 in Cubs’ history with his 122 homers!  He is also tied for #48 in SLG (.416), #31 in games played (990), tied for #43 in doubles (159), #39 in RBI (467) and #42 in walks (307) in Cubs’ history!

Don Elston was a solid pitcher for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 23 July 2016 at 12:49 pm

Righty reliever Don Elston was a pretty good pitcher quite a while ago for the Chicago Cubs.  Elston pitched in 449 games (15 starts) in his 9 years with the Cubs and he was 49-54 with 64 saves, a 3.70 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Elston gave up 701 hits and 327 walks while whiffing 518 batters in his 754 2/3 innings for the Cubs.  Elston made it to the All-Star team for the only time of his career back in 1957, in which he worked in a N.L. leading 65 games (0 starts) in which he was 10-8 with 14 saves, a 3.32 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He gave up 77 hits and 46 walks while whiffing 82 batters in his 97 2/3 innings for the Cubs in 1957.  He had the best year of his career, however, in 1958.  In 1958, Elston pitched in a Major League leading 69 games (0 starts) in which he was 9-8 with 11 saves, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He gave up 75 hits and 39 walks while whiffing 84 batters in his 97 innings for the Cubs last year.  Elston is still #7 in Cubs’ history with his 64 saves!  He is also still #4 in games pitched (449) and #47 in strikeouts (518) in Cubs’ history!

Mark Grace was a Smooth Operator for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 11:05 am

Lefty swinging 1B Mark Grace was a outstanding defensive player and he had a sweet swing for the Chicago Cubs.  Grace played in 1,910 games in his 13 years with the Cubs and he was 2,201 of 7,156 (.308 avg, .832 OPS) with 1,057 runs scored, 148 homers, 1,004 RBIs and 67 stolen bases.  Grace played on some lousy Cubs’ teams but he never let it effect his play.  He also played in 8 games in the post-season for the Cubs and he was 12 of 29 (.414 avg) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Grace was an All-Star three times with the Cubs and he won four Gold Gloves.  He also hit .300 or better nine times for the Cubs!  Grace is currently still tied for 13th in Cubs’ history with his .308 batting average.  He is still also #9 in games played (1,910), #5 in hits (2,201), tied for #10 in OBP (.386), tied for #33 in SLG (.445), #21 in OPS (.832), #2 in doubles (456), tied for #37 in triples (43), #9 in runs scored (1,057), #14 in homers (148), #8 in RBIs (1,004), tied for #49 in stolen bases (67) and he is #4 in walks (946) in Cubs’ history!

Dennis Lamp had a good year for the Chicago Cubs in 1978, but you would never know it by his record

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 18 May 2013 at 5:29 am

Righty starting pitcher Dennis Lamp pitched really well in 1978 for the 79-83 Chicago Cubs, but they just didn’t give him much run support.  Lamp pitched in 37 games (36 starts) for the Cubs in 1978 and he was 7-15 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He pitched in 127 games (108 starts) in his four years with the Cubbies and he was 28-41 with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Lamp had a long career in the majors after leaving the Cubs, but he was just an average pitcher overall in his career.

Shawon Dunston was a solid player for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at 8:21 am

Righty swinging SS Shawon Dunston was a solid player for the Cubs, but he wasn’t the big-time player that they thought he would be in Chicago.  He played in 1,254 games in his 12 years with the Cubs and he was 1,219 of 4,570 (.267 avg, .702 OPS) with 563 runs scored, 107 homers, 489 RBIs and 175 stolen bases.  Dunston did make it onto the N.L. All-Star team twice (1988 and 1990).  Dunston played in 155 games in 1988 for the Cubs and he was 143 of 575 (.249 avg, .627 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 9 homers, 56 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.  In 1990, Dunston played in 146 games in which he was 143 of 545 (.262 avg, .709 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 17 homers, 66 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  Dunston was playing in the shadow of the great Ryne Sandberg when they played together for the Cubbies.

Lee Smith was a bad dude for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 7 July 2012 at 3:56 pm

Righty closer Lee Smith was a bad ass for the Chicago Cubs. He came in late in games for the Cubbies for 8 years and he slammed the door on the competition. Smith pitched in 458 games (6 starts) in his 8 years with the Cubs and he was 40-51 with 180 saves, a 2.92 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. His best year for the Cubs came back in 1983 when he finished 9th in the N.L. Cy Young Award Voting. Smith pitched in 66 games (0 starts) for the Cubs in 1983 and he was 4-10 with a N.L. leading 29 saves, a 1.65 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Smith was an All-Star two times with the Cubs and he saved at least 30 games four times for them. Smith is still the Cubs’ all-time leader with 180 saves and he is #2 in games pitched with 458 of them. Smith was the all-time leader in saves (478) in major league history for quite a while before Trevor Hoffman (601) and Mariano Rivera (608) passed him up.

Ernie Banks was outstanding for the Chicago Cubs back in the day

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 1 June 2012 at 11:05 am

Righty swinging shortstop Ernie Banks used to always say “Let’s Play Two!”. He played in 2,528 games in his 19 years with the Cubbies and he was 2,583 of 9,421 (.274 avg, .830 OPS) with 1,305 runs scored, 512 homers, 1,636 RBIs and 50 stolen bases. Banks won back to back N.L. MVPs in 1958 and 1959. He played in 154 games for the Cubs in 1958 and he was 193 of 617 (.313 avg, .980 OPS) with 119 runs scored, 47 homers, 129 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He followed that up in 1959, by playing in 155 games for the Cubs in which he was 179 for 589 (.304 avg, .970 OPS) with 97 runs scored, 45 homers, 143 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Banks had 5 seasons in which he hit at least 40 homers and he knocked in 100+ runs 8 times for the Cubs! Banks was an N.L. All-Star 11 times in his 19 years with the Cubs and he also won 1 Gold Glove. Banks is #1 in games played (2,528) in Cubs’ history. He is also #2 in hits (2,583), #5 in runs scored (1,305), #2 in homers (512), #2 in RBIs (1,636), #3 in doubles (407), #7 in triples (90) and #8 in walks (763) in Cubs’ history. Ernie Banks was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1977.

Ryne Sandberg was one of the best players the Chicago Cubs have ever had

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 21 April 2012 at 12:44 pm

Righty swinging 2B Ryne Sandberg had an outstanding career with the Chicago Cubs. Sandberg played in 2,151 games in his 15 years with the Cubbies and he was 2,385 of 8,379 (.285 avg, .796 OPS) with 1,316 runs scored, 282 homers, 1,061 RBIs and 344 stolen bases. Sandberg won the N.L. MVP Award back in 1984 with the Cubs. He played in 156 games for the Cubs in 1984 and he was 200 of 636 (.314 avg, .887 OPS) with 114 runs scored, 19 homers, 84 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. He also made the All-Star team, won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award in 1984 for the Cubs. Sandberg scored 100 or more runs seven times, he had 30 or more homers twice, drove in 100 runs twice and he stole at least 30 bases in a season five times in his 15 years with the Cubs. Sandberg is #4 in games played with 2,151 in Cubs’ history. He is also #4 in hits (2,385), #3 in runs scored (1,316), #4 in doubles (403), #5 in homers (282), #7 in RBIs (1,061), #4 in steals (344) and #9 in walks (761) in Cubs’ history. Sandberg won 9 Gold Gloves, 7 Silver Slugger Awards and he was selected to 10 All-Star teams in his 15 years with the Cubs. He was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2005 as a Chicago Cub.

Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs gets inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 5 December 2011 at 12:35 pm

The Veterans Committee has inducted 3B Ron Santo into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. He will be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame on July 22nd in Cooperstown N.Y. Santo made it to nine All-Star Games as a Chicago Cub and he also won 5 Gold Gloves with them. He played in 2,126 games in his 14 years with the Cubbies and he was 2,171 of 7,768 (.279 avg, .838 OPS) with 1,109 runs scored, 337 homers, 1,290 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. Sadly, Ron Santo died last year at the age of 70 due to complications from diabetes. He will be remembered in Chicago was one of best players the Cubs ever had.

Andre Dawson was a very solid player for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Sunday 19 June 2011 at 7:42 pm

Righty swinging Andre “The Hawk” Dawson burst onto the scene for the Chicago Cubs in 1987. Dawson played in 153 games for the Cubs in his first year with the Cubs and he was 178 for 621 (.287 avg, .896 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 49 homers, 137 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Dawson led the majors in both homers and RBIs in 1987. He was the N.L. MVP in 1987 and he also won a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger Award and he was on the N.L. All-Star team. Dawson never came close to matching his 1987 with the Cubbies. Dawson played in 867 games in six years with the Cubs and he was 929 for 3,262 (.285 avg, .834 OPS) with 431 runs scored, 174 homers, 587 RBIs and 57 stolen bases. Dawson made it to the All-Star team five times in his six years with the Cubs. He also won 2 Gold Glove Awards and 1 Silver Slugger Award for the Cubs. Dawson was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

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