Cubs: Things that made us wonder–like the helmet run
In 2015 Jonathan Herrera wasn’t in the core four, or a starter though did appear in 73 games off the bench. But perhaps his lasting contribution was the phenomena known as the helmet rub. It was revealed that he and Castro were the source of the goofiness that amused Cubs fans.
A group of relievers rounds out the list. Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon, Carl Edwards, Jr., Travis Wood and Pedro Strop all played key roles in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Grimm, Edwards, Wood, and Strop were acquired in trades while Rondon was a Rule 5 pickup from the Indians and all came to the Cubs before the rebuild was complete.
Wood became a free agent after 2016, Rondon became a free agent after 2017, Grimm was released in 2018, Edwards was traded to the Padres in 2019, and Strop became a free agent after 2019.
Three honorable mentions end the list, Miguel Montero for his key role in 2016, and Nick Castellanos and Cole Hamels because they came to Chicago and were instant fan favorites.
We are in the middle of yet another offseason of uncertainty about who will stay, who might be acquired, and most of all who might be gone by opening day. I have no doubt but that this list will grow by then.