Last night I read a piece on The Athletic about the Atlanta Braves that included a note that former Cubs infielder Luis Salazar had been let go as a minor league manager.
I remember Salazar playing for the Cubs between 1989-1992, so this got me thinking. In 1988 the Chicago Cubs set a record when they sent six players to the All-Star Game: Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux, Ryne Sandberg, Rafael Palmeiro, Shawon Dunston and Vance Law.
So I went to Baseball Reference to see just how many players on those 1988 Chicago Cubs roster were still affiliated with the game somehow.
I was shocked at how many players on that team are still in/around the professional game.
- Dave Martinez: Washington National manager
- Mike Harkey: New York Yankees bullpen coach
- Jeff Pico: Detroit Tigers bullpen coach
- Doug Dascenzo: Chicago Cubs minor league outfield & baserunning coordinator
- Bob Tewksbury - Chicago Cubs mental skills coordinator
- Ryne Sandberg: Chicago Cubs ambassador (Hall of Famer)
- Andre Dawson: Chicago Cubs ambassador (Hall of Famer)
- Shawon Dunston: San Francisco Giants video replay specialist*
- Vance Law: Chicago White Sox infield coordinator*
- Darrin Jackson: Chicago White Sox radio analyst
- Rick Sutcliffe: ESPN analyst
- Mark Grace: Fox Sports Arizona analyst
- Jody Davis: Louisville Bats manager
- Leon Durham: Louisville Bats hitting coach
- Damon Berryhill: Gwinnett Stripers manager
- Rafael Palmeiro: played for the Cleburne Railroaders last year
For Dunston and Law, I couldn't confirm is those jobs had been renewed yet for the 2019 season. Davis, Durham and Berryhill's jobs are confirmed. Salazar would have been a third manager and fourth former-1988 Cubs player coaching in the minors.
In total, 15 players from the 1988 Cubs to still have a job from the game in some form at the major or minor league level - not including Palmeiro's "comeback bid."