The ongoing influence of the 1988 Chicago Cubs

The ongoing influence of the 1988 Chicago Cubs

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.

Major Leagues

  • 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

Minor Leagues

  • Jody Davis: Louisville Bats manager
  • Leon Durham: Louisville Bats hitting coach
  • Damon Berryhill: Gwinnett Stripers manager
  • Rafael Palmeiroplayed 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."

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Tags: 1988, Chicago Cubs

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