Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The 47 Best Players from the 1998 Chicago Cubs - #41 Chris Haney

41. Chris Haney
Wait, is this Chris Haney from the Royals? Oh, it is? And he was a Cub? Hum, I did not know that. It's a little tough to blame me since this was 20 years ago, and he didn't join the team until September 12th when he was purchased from the Royals. But yes, the soft-tossing lefty who knew how to throw strikes did have a small stint back in 1998.

At this point in the year, the Cubs were trying anything they could to shore up the bullpen, and to be honest, most of it didn't work. Haney pitched five separate times and totaled five innings with his shining performance being a two-inning scoreless outing against the Padres in a Cubs win. Things weren't always so rosy, as he gave up four earned runs to accumulate a 7.20 ERA. Needless to say, Haney did not end up as a playoff contributor.

Haney had an 11-year career so clearly he is going to have some highlights on YouTube. I found one of him facing Wade Boggs, who was at 2,999 hits. Ain't no way he's going to get his 3,000th hit against Chris Haney...

...or maybe he will.

Chris Haney's time with the Cubs ended after a month and a half, but he would bounce around for a few more years, take a year in Japan, before ending his career with a brief stint with the Red Sox. Overall, he made over $5 million in his career and then moved back to his hometown, which basically means he's the Jeff Bezos of Orange, Virginia. Not too bad a soft-tossing lefty.

In case you missed it:
#47 - Matt Karchner
#46 - Jose Nieves
#45 - Rodney Myers

#44 - Justin Speier
#43 - Tony Fossas

#42 - Kennie Steenstra

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