Ben Zobrist

2016 Chicago Cubs World Series Champion

Birthday: May 26

December 8, 2015
Cubs sign Ben Zobrist as a free agent

3-time all-star (2009 and 2013 with Tampa Bay Rays, 2016 with Cubs)
Has played in 3 World Series (2009 with Rays, 2015 with Royals and 2016 with Cubs)

World Series MVP with Cubs in 2016

November 2, 2016
Ben Zobrist's double in Game 7 may be the most magical moment I've ever seen as a Cubs fan.

It really looked like the Cubs may lose another chance in this game, but when Zobrist drove in Albert Almora, it finally looked like the Cubs were going to "reverse the curse". This hit and a great series gave Zobrist World Series MVP honors.   The first cub to ever win this award.

Zobrist's bunt helped get the Cubs bats to come alive when the team was struggling offensively

Ben Zobrist-This day in Chicago Cubs history:

May 5, 2016
Cubs defeat the Nationals 5-2 at Wrigley Field.  Ben Zobrist goes 2 for 4 with a home run & 4 RBI.

May 6, 2016
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Washington Nationals, 8-6.  Ben Zobrist goes 2 for 2 with 2 home runs, 2 walks, 3 runs scored & 4 RBI.

May 10, 2016
Cubs defeat the San Diego Padres 8-7 to go to 25-6 on the season.  Ben Zobrist goes 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored & 2 RBI. 

September 30, 2016

In Cincinnati, the Cubs defeat the Reds 7-3.  Ben Zobrist goes 3 for 4 with a double, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored & 3 RBI.

The Metrics:  Ben Zobrist

Ben Zobrist has the ability to play many positions on defense, he is one of the best contact hitters in all of baseball so his overall game has helped him excel in the advanced metrics over the years.

He has led the MLB in WAR (position players) twice.

2009 8.6 WAR
2011 8.7 WAR

In 2012, his 5.7 WAR was 6th in MLB (position players).

HIs career WRC+ of 119 entering the 2017 season shows his consistency.  He has not had a full major league season where is WRC+ was below league average of 100. 

His 4.0 WAR for the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs was 4th on the team (position players), behind only NL MVP, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo & Dexter Fowler.