Cubs Immaculate Grid Answers: Hats to the left for Fernando Rodney and these two forgotten former Cubs catchers
18th all-time in MLB history in saves with 327, Fernando Rodney, his bow and arrow and tilted hat was the perfect addition to a young, exciting Cubs team on the rise back in 2015. Acquired from Seattle mid-season, the right-hander pitched to a 0.75 ERA down the stretch as Chicago surged to an unexpected NLCS berth.
But his legacy spans far beyond Wrigley Field. Rodney was a three-time All-Star and a World Series champion during his 17-year career, pitching for the Tigers, Rays, Oakland, Angels, Mariners, Twins, Diamondbacks, Padres, Nationals and Marlins - in addition to his brief stint with the Cubs.
Behind the dish, a pair of Cubs catchers sport surprising track records, as well, in Henry Blanco and Paul Bako. Blanco, who played more recently, with his career wrapping up in 2013, was behind the dish in Chicago from 2005 to 2008. He also caught for the Diamondbacks, Braves, Brewers, Twins, Mets, Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Mariners and Blue Jays.
As for Bako, you might remember him from that 2003 Cubs team. He spent 2003 and 2004 in Chicago as a light-hitting receiver for the staff; outside of that, he played for the Braves, Astros, Royals, Phillies, Dodgers, Reds, Orioles, Tigers, Marlins and Brewers - never spending more than two years with any one club.