Chicago Cubs 1991
The Chicago Cubs finished 20 games behind the NL East champs, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubbies played 77-83 baseball. None-the-less Cubs fans came out to Wrigley Field to watch their favorite baseball players in action.
Leading Players dressed Cubbies Blue Uniforms – Words are from the back of 1992 Score Cards
Mark Grace Left-handed First Baseman – He excels on defense and is one of the leading batters in the National League. Mark Grace joined the Cubs back in ’88 and put up the following batting averages .296, .314, .309 and .273. A clutch hitter, he had a .329 batting average with runners in scoring position. In 1990 he set a new NL record with 180 assists.
Joe Girardi Right-handed Catcher – In 1990 Joe Girardi took over as the Cubs starting catcher when Damon Berryhill was injured. Girardi hit .279 in 133 games in ’90. Then, in ’91 Joe missed nearly 4 months with a bulging disk in his back and rookie Rick Wilkens took over as No.1. Berryhill ended up in Atlanta and Joe Girardi became a backup catcher. Even so, he has a tremendous throwing arm, the best on the team behind the plate. Joe threw out 33.3 percent of all runners trying to steal. In addition, he is quick and agile and works well with pitchers.
Shawon Dunston Right-handed Shortstop – Shawn has the talent to become one of the finest shortstops of all-time. He has tremendous range and the most powerful infield arm in all of baseball (his throws to first base have been clocked at 91 mph. ‘His arm is so strong that he could pitch from shortstop,’ said Dodger coach Bill Russell. A first-pitch fastball hitter, Dunston smashes hard line drives to all fields.
Doug Dascenzo Switch-hitter, T LH Outfield – Doug had better watch his step or he is liable to end up in the Cubs bullpen. In ’91, for the second year in a row, Dascenzo pitched in relief. This time, Doug gave up only two walks and two hits, but no runs in four innings, in three games. Since he pitched a scoreless inning in ’90, he owns the lowest ERA in baseball – 0.00 in 5 IP. Besides his prowess on the mound, Dascenzo was the Cubs second leading hitter with a .288 BA at the end of the first 3 months of the season. He also is a first-rate defensive outfielder, who gets a good jump on the ball, has terrific range and is always hustling.
Luis Salazar Right-handed Third Base – When hot rookie Gary Scott started the 1991 season at third base, Luis sat on the bench. But was he worried? ‘No way, it’s a long season,’ Salazar said. ‘I knew my time would come.’ And it did in mid-May when Scott cooled down. A pesky line-drive hitter, Luis can play all infield positions and in the outfield. But third is his best spot and he handled it well in ’91.