With this being the All Star break for Major League Baseball, and there being no real baseball for fans of the Chicago Cubs to enjoy until at least Friday. The Cubs, of course, have two All Stars playing on the team in Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo who are core members of the team’s future. I am excited to watch them on the big stage against some of the best talent the Major Leagues have to offer.
While both Castro and Rizzo are the two best players currently on the roster (sorry Arismendy Alcantara fans, too small of a sample size), I do not think they would even come close to making the All time Cubs roster. Not because they are not good, just because they do not measure up in the long run to some of the greatest players in Cubs history.
At Catcher, none other than the man who hit the second most famous home run in Wrigley Field history, the “Homer in the Gloamin” Gabby Hartnett. While there have been some truly fantastic catchers in Cubs history, I think Harrnett takes the cake.
This choice might make some people cringe, but I think the best choice for first base would be Cap Anson. Sure, he was a massive racist and an all around jerk, but he was one hell of a player. For all you advanced metric fans out there, Anson leads the pack, and honestly the contest is not all that close.
At second base, the choice is easy. In my opinion he is not only the greatest second baseman in Cubs history, but he is arguably one of the greatest in baseball history. There can be no other choice than Ryne Sandberg.
Shortstop is another given. How can you have anyone but the great Ernie Banks at short? While he transitioned from shortstop to first base later in his career, he was still a stellar shortstop, and I want him there for my team.
The hot corner is another easy choice, Ron Santo. He was well loved by fans and had a hell of a career. The Cubs retired his number because of his greatness both on the field and off. There is no one better to man the bad at third than good old number 10.
The outfield for the Cubs is jammed, but I have been able to narrow things down to Andre Dawson in right, Hack Wilson in center and Sweet Swinging Billy Williams in left field. These three might have been the three greatest outfielders the Cubs ever had in pinstripes.
A notable name that is missing from the outfield is Slamming Sammy Sosa. Reason being, out of the four I think he is the lesser defender; that is why he is my designated hitter. In the All Star game, there are no more pitchers hitting for themselves, so there is a DH in my All Time team, you are just going to have to deal with that. He was a great bat (with or without the performance enhancing drugs) and I would love for his bat to be in my lineup.
The Lineup was tough to put together. This is the best we could figure out. (Feel free to put together a better lineup with these nine men)
The starting pitching staff is also fairlyeasy to figure out.
You start with Greg Maddux. Even though he made his career with the Atlanta Braves, he still has the Cubs on his resume and he is easily one of the greatest pitchers to ever wear Cubbie Blue.
Fergie Jenkins as your number two pitcher? Yes please. Another Cubs legend and another Hall of Fame pitcher would be great backing up Jenkins. Would you not agree?
Taking up the third spot would be none other than “Three Finger” Mordecai Brown. He did more with three fingers than most did with five… or in one case six.
“Grover Cleveland” Pete Alexander as the fourth man in the rotation would be great. In most rotations, he would be the ace pitcher, on the All Time Cubs roster though, he comes in as the fourth.
Rounding out the rotation, is El Torro Loco himself, Carlos Zambrano. Say what you will about him, he was one hell of a pitcher, and is considered one of the best in Cubs history. No matter how things ended with him and the team, I would have no problem with him on my pitching staff, especially not as the fifth starter.
The Bullpen is where things can get a little dicey because I know someone will complain how I left someone out who deserves to be in. But I think that I have put together the best bullpen Cubs history could hold!
As closer, there is no other choice than the great Bruce Sutter. Great closer for the Cubs, and later for the Cardinals, no one in Cubs history can be seen as a better closer.
Setting up for Sutter is the one man who some might say is a better closer, Lee Smith. Whoever closes for this Cubs team, would be a sure save.
There you have it guys. These are the 25 men I would put onto this roster. Think you can build a better team? Be my guest!