Chicago Cubs Top Home Run Hitters – No. 15: Kris Bryant (160)
Even before Kris Bryant arrived at the Friendly Confines, the hype in Wrigleyville was palpable – and he lived up to the hype in almost every way.
He led the team to its first postseason berth since 2008 in his rookie campaign, en route to NL Rookie of the Year honors. How could he follow up such a performance? By winning the National League MVP in 2016 and helping break a 108-year title drought as the Cubs won the World Series.
Injuries in recent years have slowed his pace a bit – but with 138 home runs in his first five seasons, there’s little doubt about what he’s capable of with the bat.
Unfortunately for Cubs fans, he was traded to the Giants in 2021 and signed with the Colorado Rockies in 2022 before they could see just how far up the leader boards he could go.
Chicago Cubs Top Home Run Hitters – No. 14: Andre Dawson (174)
His total numbers would suggest he played in Chicago longer than six years, but that was not the case. He was excellent as a Cubs player and easily is one of the best home run hitters in club history.
In fact, he is one of the top long ball hitters in the history of TWO franchises (Washington/Montreal the other).
He had the best season of his career with Chicago in 1987, his first with the Cubs. He bashed a Major League-high 49 home runs and drove in 137 runs, which also led the Majors. Not surprisingly, he was the National League MVP that year.
As a Cub, he never hit less than 21 homers, and he knocked in 100 or more runs three times. He was an All-Star five times, won two Gold Gloves, and a Silver Slugger.
The only regret is that Andre Dawson didn’t play for the Cubs longer. He made such an impact in such a short time. This Hall of Famer should be remembered fondly as a Chicago Cub star.