Best Chicago Cubs’ I’ve seen play second base in my lifetime
Chicago Cubs – Darwin Barney
I’ll be honest. I named Darwin Barney because he won the Gold Glove over Brandon Phillips in 2012. He broke it up, and I’m very proud of that. Regardless if I didn’t want to include ‘spot players,’ he’s the only player who qualifies for it. Get at me, bro.
In all? Barney only had one good season, and that was his 2011 season. He averaged RBI totals 43, 44 and 41, respectively, from 2011 to 2013. He had nine stolen bases, six triples and 146 hits in his 2011 season. I kept thinking he was going to get better–and he wasn’t. He only hit 23 RBI in the 2014 season, and he only managed 25 in his last year in Toronto before he retired.
Still, his defense was top notch. Phillips won despite Barney being an outstanding performer in his prime years. In his 2012 season, he committed three errors and had an RF/9 (Range factor per 9) of 5.16–the highest of his career.
I was on the bandwagon would get Barney would get up here. Unfortunately, he wouldn’t pan out. But he did win a Gold Glove, and I thank you for that. It’s nice to see Barney burst his bubble.