Monday, September 12, 2016

Greatest Cubs Team Ever-- Part 9: Infield

From the September 11, 2016, Chicago Tribune "Greatest Baseball Team of All Time."

Fans voted for Frank Chance as Cubs All-Time Manager.

Like I said in today's earlier post, the Tribune did this for both the White Sox (my favorite team) and the Cubs (my second favorite team).  They then wanted readers to vote position by position for favorites at each position.  Voting, sadly, began and ended yesterday.  Results will be posted in the Sunday, September 25th, Tribune.

Here are the All-Time Chicago Cubs Infield:

1B    MARK GRACE--  Batted .308 and drove in 1,004 runs as a Cub  Four career Gold Gloves  Known for his good eye, had 946 walks as opposed to 561 strike outs for Cubs.

2B--  RYNE SANDBERG--  NL MVP for division-winning 1984 Cubs, batting .314, 19 HRs, 84 RBIs and major-league-best 19 triples.  Ten-time All Star, Nine-time Gold Glove and Hall of Fame Inductee.  Led NL in HRs with 40 in 1990 and had back-to-back seasons with exactly 100 RBIs in 1990 and 1991.

SS--  ERNIE BANKS--  Eleven-time All Star, "Mr. Cub," won back-to-back MVP awards in 1958 and 1959.  Hit at least 40 homers five times including four straight seasons 1957-1960.  Hall of Famer had at least 100 RBIs eight times, including 1969 when he was 38.  His 512 home runs are second in team history.

3B--  RON SANTO--  Fourteen seasons with Cubs, nine-time All Star, five straight Gold Gloves (1964-68)  Four seasons with 100 or more RBIs and hit 30 or more homers in four straight seasons (1964-67).  Had 337 home runs in career and 1,290 RBIs as Cub.  Played his last season with the White Sox.  Wasn't happy about it either.

I Agree With All These Choices.  --DaCubber

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