This Day in Chicago Cubs History

Cubs Offseason-2020

Happy New Year, Cubs fans.  There has been a lot of activity this offseason. 

  • The man that helped bring the Cubs their first World Series title in 2016, Theo Epstein stepped down as President of Baseball Operations.  Jed Hoyer is the new President. 
  • Another important player for the 2016 Cubs, Kyle Schwarber was not offered a contract.  He has joined the Washington Nationals and ex-Cubs bench coach, Dave Martinez.  Martinez managed the 2019 World Series champion, Washington Nationals.  
  • Cubs traded Yu Darvish to the Padres for starting pitcher, Zach Davies and 4 very young prospects.  
  • Another very important player in the Cubs 2016 World Series championship, leaves the team.  Pitcher, Jon Lester signs a contract to play the 2021 season with the Washington Nationals and join former Cubs,  Dave Martinez  (manager) and Kyle Schwarber.   
  • Jose Quintana signed a one year contract with the Angels.  He'll be reunited with ex-Cubs manager, Joe Maddon.  

Congratulations to Javier Baez for winning his first gold glove award in 2020.  Anthony Rizzo won his 4th gold glove (3 years in a row).  

A little Cubs trivia.  When was the last time a Cubs shortstop won the gold glove award?  The answer is at the link below.

Cubs Gold Glove Award Winners

Congratulations to Yu Darvish for finishing 2nd in the NL Cy Young Award this year.  Trevor Bauer of the Reds won the award.  

It is the 2nd time that Darvish has finished 2nd in Cy Young voting, the first time in 2013 to Max Scherzer.  

Scherzer prevented another Cubs Cy Young Award winner recently.  Do you know which year this was?   Answer is at the link below.

Cubs Cy Young Award Winners

This Day In Chicago Cubs History

January 24

Happy birthday to Cubs pitcher, Jose Quintana (2017 to 2020).  In 2018, he had a record of 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA (ERA+ of 106).  

Quintana will join ex Cubs manager, Joe Maddon with the Angels in 2021. 

January Cubs Birthdays

January 27, 1982

One of the greatest trades in Cubs history!!
Cubs trade Ivan Dejesus to the Phillies for Ryne Sandberg & Larry Bowa.  Sandberg got his first career MLB hit as Phillie against the Cubs on September 27th, 1981 against Mike Krukow in a 14-0 Cubs victory (2nd game of a doubleheader).  

Travis WoodTravis Wood

February 6

Happy birthday to former Cubs pitcher, Travis Wood (2012-2016).   He hit 7 home runs as a Cubs pitcher, the same amount that Kerry Wood hit for the Cubs.   

He shares a birthday with another great hitting pitcher, Babe Ruth.  

February Cubs Birthdays

Burt HootonBurt Hooton

February 7

Happy birthday to Burt Hooton.  His Cubs career started off incredibly well.  In late September of 1971, he pitched 2 complete games, one a 3-hit shutout and the other a 15 strikeout game.  He topped both in his first start of 1972, pitching a no-hitter at the age of 22.  

More Chicago Cubs February Birthdays

Ben Zobrist's big 10th inning hit in Game 7 of 2016 World Series

David Ross being carried off the field after Cubs 2016 Game 7 Victory