Next up in our "Random Retro Cubs" series, we take a look at former Cubs pitcher Scott Sanderson...
Years Played: 1978-1996.
Teams Played For: Montreal Expos(78-83), Chicago Cubs(85-89), Oakland Athletics(90), New York Yankees(91-92), California Angels(93, 95-96), San Francisco Giants(93), Chicago White Sox(94) .
Position: Pitcher(472 Games, 407 Games Started)
Career Line: 163-143, 3.84 ERA, 1.255 WHIP, 102 ERA+, 1611 K, 43 CG, 14 SHO, 2561.2 IP.
Best Cubs Season: Arguable which one of these years is more memorable and they were both very good seasons for Sanderson, so I'll list both...
1984- 8-5, 3.14 ERA, 1.166 WHIP, 124 ERA+, 76 K, 3 CG, 3.17 K/BB, 140.2 IP.
1989- 11-9, 3.94 ERA, 1.271 WHIP, 96 ERA+, 86 K, 2 CG, 2.77 K/BB, 146.1 IP.
Awards/Leaderboard: 1991 AL All-Star
Top-10 In Wins 3 Times (1980 In NL- 16, 1990 In AL- 17, 1991 In AL- 16)
9th In NL ERA In 1980 (3.109)
Fun Facts: Scott Sanderson was a rarity in that he pitched on two Cubs playoff teams, in 1984 and 1989. Overall, he was on four playoff teams, including the 1990 Oakland Athletics who went to the World Series.
He's currently an agent with the business cards to prove it, and has had clients such as Frank Thomas, Lance Berkman, and Josh Beckett.
My Take: I've always thought Scott Sanderso's career was quite underrated. A career ERA under four in 472 career outings(407 starts) is pretty darn good. He also had a sub-four ERA in 10 different seasons, and double-digit wins seven times, including five straight seasons from 1989-1993. He'd make a ton of money doing that now, although I'm sure he's doing just fine financially as an agent.
Scott's strikeout/walk ratio is what sticks out most to me. He ranks 66th all-time with a career 2.58 ratio, and was in the National League top ten three times for strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Few walks and a lot of strikeouts are quite the combo.
But as a Cub, being a part of the 1984 and 1989 playoff teams are definitely what he's remembered most for. He went a combined 20-14 in those two years, along with a sub-four ERA both times.
Scott recently sang the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley and you could tell that he's a guy that totally gets it in his interview with Len and Bob. I wish the Cubs had more guys like him these days.
Link To Scott Sanderson's Baseball-Reference Page
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