Chicago Cubs: Ben Zobrist is really going to be missed

Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: Zobrist could play pretty much anywhere.

In his entire MLB career, Zobrist has played every defensive position outside of catcher at some point. As a Cub, he played at least 1/3 of an inning at first base, second base, shortstop, left field, right field and pitcher. Most of the games were at second (295) followed by right field (130) and left field (112).

When people think of good utility men, Zobrist certainly comes to mind. Having such a versatile player was nice to have, especially when playing matchups. He was not a Gold Glove outfielder like Jason Heyward, but he could be relied on to make plays he was supposed to in left or right. He was a very solid infielder and was even a Gold Glove finalist for second base in 2017.

The Cubs do have multiple utility men in camp now who are overall reliable with the glove in Daniel Descalso and Hernan Perez. Still, Zobrist was indeed the ultimate utility man. Considering Zobrist could hit from both sides of the plate and play pretty much everywhere, it was easy to plug him in when certain players needed to be in or on the bench on a given day. He is the type of utility man any team would want.

In terms of pitching, he has a career ERA of 0.00 and struck out Yadier Molina in his final batter faced. Enough said.