Rod Beck

Rod Beck had a quick, but eventful career with the Chicago Cubs.  He signed with the Cubs in 1998 and saved 51 games for the 1998 Cubs team that made it to the playoffs.  He was traded to the Boston Red Sox the following year and was brought back to the team in 2003, but only played in the minor leagues.  Sadly, Beck died at the age of 38 in 2007.  Nicknamed "The Shooter", Beck was always a fan favorite.  He will always have his place in Chicago Cubs history

Born:  August 3, 1968
Died: June 23, 2007
Signed with Cubs:  January 15, 1998
September 28, 1998 Game #163
Beck pitches 2/3 of an inning to close out a victory against the San Francisco Giants.  This game was a one game playoff elimination
to decide who will play in the 1998 National League Playoffs
2nd time signing with Cubs:  January 2, 2003
Played with the Chicago Cubs from 1998 to 1999 (Traded to the Boston Red Sox on August 31, 1999)
Beck returned to the Cubs but only played in the minor leagues (Iowa) in 2003.

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