Chicago Cubs: Things that get forgotten about the 2015 season
Chicago Cubs: Carrying more than two catchers is truly a Joe Maddon tradition.
Easy to forget the Cubs carrying three catchers goes back to the start of Joe Maddon’s tenure in 2015 and not 2016. Most games were obviously caught by Miguel Montero and David Ross, but there were others who caught behind the dish.
The 2015 Opening Day roster had Montero, Ross and Wellington Castillo. Cubs fans will have plenty of memories of Castillo when he was the main backstop in 2013-2014 after taking over later in 2012. When Montero and Ross were brought in, it spelled the end for his tenure in Chicago, but he still did play in 24 games with the 2015 Cubs. This can be easily forgotten with the new tandem they rode the next two season. Castillo hit .163/.234/.349 with two homers before being shipped off to Seattle.
At least Castillo had enough time in Chicago and was a decently productive hitter to be remembered as a Cub, but another man who caught for the 2015 Cubs is a very obscure name in Taylor Teagarden. The then-31 year old catcher (who was originally a 22nd rounder by the Cubs in 2002) was brought in during the offseason and was called up to play eight games in July. He hit just .200, but he did record an epic game-winning hit in Cincinnati on July 22nd off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning.
Of course we cannot fail to mention Kyle Schwarber playing in 21 games as a catcher, but I think most Cubs fans remember that well.
How many of these did your forget? Or, did you not forget any of these? Every fan remembers things differently, so this list does not apply to everyone. It is still fun to look back at some of the small details of that magical season.