5 former Chicago Cubs players you’ve totally forgotten about

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Chicago Cubs / Mark Bellhorn
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5 former Chicago Cubs you’ve likely forgotten about – #3: Mark Bellhorn

When you think ‘Mark Bellhorn‘ (if you do) – you likely remember him as a member of the curse-breaking 2004 Boston Red Sox. But he spent most of the two years prior with the Cubs.

In 2002, Bellhorn was the starting second baseman at the Confines, appearing in 146 contests and really turned in an impressive year at the dish. He slashed .258/.374/.512, drawing enough walks to counterbalance his 144 strikeouts, which tied with teammate Sammy Sosa for the tenth-most in all of baseball.

He couldn’t maintain that momentum in 2003 though, barely batting .200 in the first half with Chicago – prompting the front office to trade him to Colorado for former Cubs infielder Jose Hernandez. The move didn’t do much for the team, as Hernandez batted .188 in 23 games down the stretch.

That winter, Colorado traded him to Boston – where he played a role in ending the Curse of the Bambino and picking up the lone World Series ring of his career.

Funnily enough, according to Baseball Reference, the most similar player to Bellhorn through age-28 (which was his final year with Chicago) is none other than David Bote. So that’s fun.