Building a Chicago Cubs All-Star super team for the record books
Chicago Cubs: Flame throwing bullpen
Most people would consider Bruce Sutter to be the best closer in Cubs history. Sutter joined the Cubs in 1971 and later went on to pitch five years for Chicago. In the 300 games he pitched in, Sutter put up a record of 32-30 with a 2.39 ERA. A five-time All-Star as a Cub, the right-hander recorded a career-high 37 saves in the 1979 season. He won the 1972 NL NL Rolaids Relief Award along with the 1979 NL Cy Young Award. Sutter became a Hall of Famer in 2006.
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Rick Sutcliffe joined the North Siders in 1984 when he was 28 years old. He later went on to pitch eight seasons in the Windy City. Sutcliffe had a career record of 82-65. His best showing came in the first season as a Cub were he went 16-1 and struck out 155 batters. During his time as a Cub, he was selected to play in two All-Star games.
After being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 1975 amateur draft. Lee Smith pitched eight years for the Cubs. A record of 40-51 in the 458 games Smith appeared in. Smith struck out 644 batters throughout 681 1/3 innings he pitched in. He was a two-time all-star while wearing a Cubs uniform. Smith was selected to Hall of Fame in 2019.`
On November 19, 2008, Ryan Dempster signed as a free agent with the Cubs. From then on Dempster pitched in 374 games, accumulating a record of 67-66 with 1,070 strikeouts over his 1182 2/3 innings pitched. Dempster was voted an All-Star in the 2008 season where he finished the season 17-6, 2.96 ERA over 206 2/3 innings he pitched that year.
Honorable Mention: Travis Wood, Carlos Marmol, Mitch Williams
Chicago Cubs: A one of a kind manager
Dusty Baker only managed the Cubs for four seasons. Baker went 322-326 over those four seasons and was 6-6 in postseason play. Baker was named to manage the All-Star team in 2003. The Cubs let Baker go after the 2006 season when the Cubs finished with a 66-96 record and a sixth-place finish in the National League Central.
Another choice to manage this team of All-Stars is Joe Maddon. Maddon managed the Cubs for five years. He managed the Cubs when they won the National League pennant and the World Series in 2016. Maddon’s record with the Cubs was 471-339. He managed the 2017 National League All-Stars.