Baseball — Chicago Cubs

Dave Beard

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Dave Beard

BIOGRAPHY Charles David Beard (born October 2, 1959) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, and Detroit Tigers from 1980 to 1989.Following his high school days at Sequoyah High School in Doraville, Georgia, Beard was drafted by the Athletics in the sixth round of the 1977 amateur draft. After two strong minor league seasons in three years, Beard was promoted to the Athletics and made his major league debut at age 20 on July 16, 1980, pitching the ninth inning of a loss to the Tigers. He appeared in twelve...

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Chris Speier

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Chris Speier

BIOGRAPHY Christopher Edward Speier (born June 28, 1950) is a former Major League Baseball player. He was drafted second overall in the January secondary 1970 Major League Baseball Draft.Playing careerSpeier played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues as a shortstop for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and briefly for the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins during the 1984 season.Speier accrued a career .246 batting average and a .970 fielding percentage. His overall playing strengths were his solid fielding and selective eye at the plate. He was also named to the National League All-Star team during the...

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Rich Garces

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Rich Garces

BIOGRAPHY Richard Alan Garcés Mendoza, Jr. (born May 18, 1971) is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. Nicknamed "El Guapo" (The handsome one), he played with the Minnesota Twins (1990, 1993), Chicago Cubs (1995), Florida Marlins (1995) and Boston Red Sox (1996–2002). He is currently the pitching coach for the Bridgeport Bluefish.CareerGarces was signed by Minnesota as an amateur free agent in 1987. After stints with the Twins, Cubs and Marlins, he pitched for the Red Sox, turning into one of the American League's premier setup men. In 1999, Garcés posted a 5–1 record with 33 strikeouts, a...

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Manny Trillo

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Manny Trillo

BIOGRAPHY Jesús Manuel Marcano Trillo (born December 25, 1950), also nicknamed 'Indio', is a Venezuelan former second baseman who played in Major League Baseball from 1973 through 1989. In a 17-season career, he played for the Oakland Athletics (1973–1974), Chicago Cubs (1975–1978, 1986–1988), Philadelphia Phillies (1979–1982), Cleveland Indians (1983), Montreal Expos (1983), San Francisco Giants (1984–1985) and the Cincinnati Reds (1989). He was known as one of the best fielding second basemen of his era with a strong throwing arm.Major league careerOriginally signed as a catcher by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1968, Trillo was converted into a third baseman by...

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Ron Hassey

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Ron Hassey

BIOGRAPHY Ronald William Hassey (born February 27, 1953) is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher. Hassey began his career with the Cleveland Indians (1978–1984) after the Indians drafted him in the 18th round of the 1976 MLB amateur draft. He also played for the Chicago Cubs (1984), New York Yankees (1985–1986), Chicago White Sox (1986–1987), Oakland Athletics (1988–1990), and Montreal Expos (1991). Hassey is the only catcher in MLB history to catch two perfect games (the first with Len Barker in 1981 and his second with Dennis Martínez in 1991).Early lifeHassey is the son of Joseph Bill Hassey, a...

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