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.  
  • Cubs sign Austin Romine, catcher
  • Cubs sign Kohl Stewart, starting pitcher
  • Cubs sign Joc Pederson, outfielder
  • Cubs sign Trevor Williams, starting pitcher 
  • Cubs sign Andrew Chafin-left-handed relief pitcher
  • Cubs sign Sergio Alcantara, shortstop/infielder
  • Cubs sign Jake Marisnick, outfielder
  • Albert Almora, another 2016 Cub, signs to play with the New York Mets
  • Cubs sign Jake Arrieta, starting pitcher
  • Cubs sign Brandon Workman, relief pitcher
  • Cubs sign Pedro Strop, relief pitcher

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

February 25

The birthday of Cubs great, Andy Pafko (Cubs, 1943-1951).  A member of the 1945 World Series team.  5-time all-star (1945, 1947-1950).  He won the World Series in 1957 with the Milwaukee Braves.  

Ron SantoRon Santo

February 25

The birthday of Cubs Hall of Famer, Ron Santo.  He won 5 Gold Glove awards (3B) and was a 9-time All-Star.  

More Cubs February Birthdays

March 5

Happy birthday to Kyle Schwarber.  It was a nice celebration in 2015 when he hit a grand-slam in a spring training game on his birthday.  

Schwarber signed a contract with the Washington Nationals where he'll joined former Cubs coach (now manager), Davey Martinez and Jon Lester.  

Link to Schwarber's birthday grand slam in 2015

Jake ArrietaJake Arrieta

March 6 

Happy birthday to Jake Arrieta.  He's only the 2nd Cubs pitcher (after 1900) to pitch 2 no-hitters for the team (with Ken Holtzman).  He was an all-star, silver slugger, and helped the Cubs win the 2016 World Series.  

He'll return to the Cubs for the 2021 season.  

March Cubs 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