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Other Cubs Whose Numbers Should Be Retired

In case you've missed a day or 40 on the internet, you've probably noticed that there's a movement afoot to get the Cubs to retire Andre Dawson's number 8. That's all well and good, I suppose, but I don't think you should have your number retired just because you happen to make the Hall of Fame. Or when you played your 10 best years with another team. After all, there are plenty of other accomplishments out there that are AT LEAST...

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plamorte said:

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I'd like to nominate Jim Bullinger. Mainly because I am the proud sponsor of his baseball-reference.com page and for the fun stat about him you can find there!

http://bit.ly/GPi22

plamorte said:

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Might as well add Scott Bullett to that list, since I sponsor him too.

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waxpaperbeercup said:

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great to see the picture of hector. the cubs should retire his number because he was maddux's caddie and he's hit a dinger every once in a while. they way we're retiring numbers that is plenty.

Doc said:

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No Jamie Moyer or Calvin Schiraldi? This list is useless!

JulieDiCaro said:

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OMG, I forgot all about Calvin Schiraldi. He should be in just for the stupid look on his face when he gave up a billion runs on the Red Sox.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Wait, wasn't Schiraldi on the mound when Buckner muffed the grounder in 1986? That's retirement-worthy.

Doc said:

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I thought Schiraldi left the game with the bases loaded just before Buckner muffed the grounder. It's his fault Buckner was even in that situation.

Heysue said:

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I agree that Milton Bradley/Sammy Sosa's number should be retired because of the "ick" associated with it.

In addition to Mark Prior's number, when I see "5," I think, "Oh no! My groin!" But that's also because I'm crazy.

I would also like to offer Damon Berryhill. Not because he did anything spectacular, but his name keeps popping in my head....

plamorte said:

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Hey heysue!

Other nominations:

Turk Wendell (superstitious bastard)
Heathcliff Slocumb (its a sweet name, come on!)
Terry Shumpert (you know you loved that tiny mustache)
Sandy Martinez (Would Kerry have K'd 20 without him behind the plate? NEVER)
Paul Assenmacher (beard AND a slight mullet? Winner)

JulieDiCaro said:

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I actually considered Damon Berryhill! Maybe because I once named a cat after him. :)

berselius said:

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Wasn't Cubs Legend Mark DeRosa nubmer 5?

Heysue said:

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@plamorte Holy crap! I completely forgot about Assenmacher. I remember Harry saying, "What a terrible play by Assenmacher."

How about Barry Foote? Felix Heredia? Bump Wills? Matt Stairs? Ron Cey (as we used to say, "The ball went past Cey." The jerky Larry Bowa? Lance Johnson?

fossilhippie said:

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How about Sam Mejias? On his first road trip when the plane first left the runway he screamed "We're all gonna die!"

gravedigger said:

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I have to be liquor free for 5 days. FIVE DAYS.

I don't know what to do.

Doc said:

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Just smoke a lot of pot...that will take your mind off of it.

plamorte said:

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^^Doctor's orders!

gravedigger said:

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I don't like drugs.

And before anyone gets started, liquor isn't a drug, it is a food.

Doc said:

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Well...damn...I have no other suggestions.

FrankS said:

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I would suggest substituting sex for the liquor. And if you can't find a willing partner, find an appropriate magazine or video tape...

gravedigger said:

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I want to respond, but then I'm gonna get a scolding from Julie.

Doc said:

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Thank you for restraining yourself.

FrankS said:

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For some people, THAT is sex!

Perkins said:

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Well, there's only one Cub out there whose number should be retired withot question, and that's Sosa. He's more deserving of it than any Cub not named Ernie Banks.

AndCounting said:

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Thad Bosley. #27. Somebody make this happen. As a kid, I felt like every run he ever scored was a game-winning run. It may have had something to do with him usually being a late-inning pinch runner, but that's neither here nor there.

Doc said:

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Well...I think you are actually right about every run he scored was a game-winning run...because his run total as a cub was probably about 1.

(Actually looking it up, I'm stunned to find out he was actually on the Cubs for 4 years....wow. I guess I kinda blacked out those years after '84.)

JulieDiCaro said:

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For some reason, this made me think of Shawn Boskie. Another player I should have worked into the list.

JayFunk said:

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Glenalan Hill for hitting one off the apartments across waveland on the fly...

JulieDiCaro said:

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Definitely. Another great one I forgot.

UpsidedownFlyer said:

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How about retiring Dusty Baker's #. The guy moved around like he was already retired anyway. Could any coach possibly be less motivating. Oh wait...then came Lovie. Geeesh!

itsjenjen said:

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I didn't see Mitch "Wild Thang" Williams.

bcarey9 said:

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I realize the irony in me defending mark derosa-- but cmon he didn't play mediocre defense! He was always a dark horse gold glove candidate on other teams as well as the cubs.

That being said I think his jock strap should be retired.

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