Last 5 Cubs players with 100 RBI: #1 - Derrek Lee (2009)
Our final stop on this trip down memory lane is 2009, when slugging first baseman Derrek Lee drove in 111 runs (tying Baez and Aramis Ramirez for the most in a single season since Ramirez had 119 back in 2006).
After crushing the hopes and dreams of Cubs fans in 2003 as a member of the eventual World Series champion Marlins, Lee came to Chicago and quickly established himself as one of the game's premier run producers. His 2005 performance is the stuff of legends, yet somehow goes underappreciated nearly two decades later.
A two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove (not to mention an MVP finalist in '05), Lee's name can be found all over Cubs franchise leaderboards. In 2009, his final full season with Chicago, he set a career-high with those 111 RBI, driving in 20 or more runs in June, July, August and September that year.
Growing up during the Steroid Era, 100 RBI felt like it was a commonplace achievement. But that's not necessarily the case any longer - and the fact I had to dig through 15 years of numbers just to get to five Cubs players who accomplished it says as much.