Castro to Beckert to Cavaretta: Cubs in the All Star Game

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Castro to Beckert to Cavaretta: Cubs in the All Star Game

. Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Since it's been awhile since we've felt the warm, glowing, warming glow of a satisfying win, we've decided to linger on this All Star Game posting kick awhile longer. A large cohort of Cubs - 208, have participated in the game since its inception in 1933. These guys did it more than anyone else on the team:

- Ernie Banks (14 times)
- Ryne Sandberg (10)

- Ron Santo (9)

- Sammy Sosa, Billy Herman (7)

- Gabby Hartnett, Billy Williams, Don Kessinger (6)

- Andre Dawson (5)

- And so on ...

Legends, to a man. It's easy to forget that Sosa, before he turned into a full-time dickhead and stormed out of town, was such a force in the National League for so long. It's a shame he won't be remembered well. But at least he was a legitimate star. How well will history remember these Cub All Stars?

- Kosuke Fukudome ('08) - I love the guy, but he's a career .262 hitter)

- Jon Lieber ('01) - A .500 pitcher with a number of teams who weren't all that excited to keep him around.

- Steve Trachsel ('96) - He of the 8-18 season in 1999.

- Vance Law ('88) - An artist of mediocrity. Makes Fukudome look like Barry Bonds.

- Steve Swisher ('76) - Obviously he needed to be rewarded for his .276 OBP that year.

How did your favorite Cubs of all time do in the All Star Game? Find out after the jump

You may wonder how your favorites have done over the years. Surely Castro's night was a mixed bag, but at least he managed to leave a positive mark.

- Ryne Sandberg - Thrice the top vote-getter in the NL, Ryno managed one hit in those three games. Not that it counts for anything, but Ryno's All Star game career didn't realy mirror his Hall of Fame regular one. 10 games (9 started), 3 H, 1 R, 1 SB, .115 average. But he did win the 1990 Home Run Derby in Wrigley. Grand total? 3 home runs. Times were different.

- Ron Santo - Ronnie got it done well in his 20 plate appearances over 9 games/4 starts. No extra base hits, but 3 RBIs and a pretty bananas 5 bases on balls. An OBP of .500 is pretty solid against the best pitchers in the game.

- Mark Grace - As much as you imagine Gracie as the top singles hitter of the 1990s, he has no All Star average to speak of. Literally none. Only 4 at-bats in 3/1. None of them good.

- Shawon Dunston - Also zip. Every time I look it up, I hear a sad trombone.

- Fergie Jenkins - In three relief appearances and 4 innings, The Ferg gave up 6 hits and 3 runs against 16 batters. The 6.75 ERA is not great, but it beats Jon Lieber's 18.00.

- Rick Sutcliffe - A similar fate for the Red Baron, who suffered 5 hits, 2 earned runs, and a wild pitch (6.00 ERA) during his 3 trips to the game in the '80s. Of course, knowing what we know now, it's possible he may have been loaded.

- Bill Madlock - If you asked someone unaware of the fact to name the only Cubs All Star Game MVP, I imagine none of them would guess Madlock. Further, I imagine those few might forget that before Maddux, the Memphis-born, Decatur-raised Madlock was dubbed "Mad Dog." He shared the award for the NL's 6-3 victory in Milwaukee with the Mets' John Matlack for scoring the go-ahead run.

- Carlos Zambrano - Three games in relief, 2 hits, 1 run. The pitchers aren't quite as fun to compare, apparently.

- Gabby Hartnett - An underwhelming .200 in 6/3, but he did manage the rare All Star Game triple.

- Ernie Banks - Mr. Cub represented the Cubs well in 14/7 (!!!). Over 35 plate appearances, he hit for a .303 average, including 1 triple and 1 homer.

- Billy Williams - A homer, 2 SB, and a .273 line in 6/2. The consummate quiet guy, no?

- Sammy Sosa - God-awful, consudering what a fixture he was during his superstar years. He kept swinging for one of his famous long balls and never did end up connecting. No extra base hits, a .154 average, and 4 Ks in 7/5.

So that's about all for our All Star roundup. The Marlins will come into town soon, and perhaps we can take 3 out of 4 from the team that has us beat by a mile in the sadness department. At the very least, we'll have a new appreciation for Starlin Castro.