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1997 Chicago Cubs season

1997 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Chicago (since 1871)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tribune Company
    General manager(s) Ed Lynch
    Manager(s) Jim Riggleman
    Local television WGN-TV/Superstation WGN/Chicagoland TV
    (Harry Caray, Steve Stone, Josh Lewin)
    Local radio WGN
    (Pat Hughes, Ron Santo, Harry Caray, Josh Lewin)
    Stats ESPN.com
    BB-reference
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    The 1997 Chicago Cubs season was the 125th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 122nd in the National League and the 82nd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth and last in the National League Central with a record of 68–94. The team never had a record above .500 at any point during the season.

    The season is perhaps best remembered for the miserable way in which the team began the season, losing their first 14 games before finally winning the second game of a double-header against the New York Mets. The 0-14 start brought the superstition of the "billy goat curse" to the forefront, and at one point a goat was actually led around Wrigley Field in an effort to end the curse

    Offseason

    • December 10, 1996: Mel Rojas was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[1]

    Regular season

    Opening Day Starters

    Season standings

    Central Division W L GB Pct.
    Houston Astros 84 78 .519 --
    Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 .488 5.0
    Cincinnati Reds 76 86 .469 8.0
    St. Louis Cardinals 73 89 .451 11.0
    Chicago Cubs 68 94 .420 16.0


    Notable Transactions

    • July 12, 1997: Carlos Zambrano was signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent.[3]
    • August 8, 1997: Brian McRae was traded by the Chicago Cubs with Mel Rojas and Turk Wendell to the New York Mets for players to be named later and Lance Johnson. The New York Mets sent Mark Clark (August 11, 1997) and Manny Alexander (August 14, 1997) to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade.[4]
    • August 11, 1997: Mark Clark was sent by the New York Mets to the Chicago Cubs to complete an earlier deal made on August 8, 1997. The New York Mets sent players to be named later and Lance Johnson to the Chicago Cubs for Brian McRae, Mel Rojas, and Turk Wendell. The New York Mets sent Mark Clark (August 11, 1997) and Manny Alexander (August 14, 1997) to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade.[5]

    Roster

    1997 Chicago Cubs
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    Farm system

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    References

    1. Mel Rojas Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    2. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199706160CHA
    3. http://www.baseball-reference.com/z/zambrca01.shtml
    4. Brian McRae Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    5. Mark Clark Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    6. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007