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3 forgotten MLB legends played for the Chicago Cubs

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CHICAGO, IL – JULY 31: Joe Nathan #36 of the Chicago Cubs plays in the 6th inning against the Seattle Mariners at Wrigley Field on July 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Mariners 7-6 in 12 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Cubs are one of the most storied franchises in professional baseball. Many talented players have come and gone from the friendly boundaries of Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs are one of the most recognizable teams in MLB and have made a home for their players and fans at Wrigley Field, but who are some of the talented MLB players who might have been forgotten as the Cubs?

No, we’re not talking about Ernie Banks or Ryne Sandberg. These are Cubs legends for a reason. But some baseball legends wear multiple uniforms over the course of their careers.

These players are not referred to as Cubs – hence the point of the article.

Forgotten MLB legends played for the Chicago Cubs: Joe Nathan

Joe Nathan played most of his MLB career with the Minnesota Twins but spent some time with the Chicago Cubs in his final season in 2016. He only played three games with the Cubs before retiring with the San Francisco Giants. Nathan joined the Cubs while recovering from an injury and was released shortly after when the MLB trade deadline expired. While it’s not always easy to get fired from a team so quickly, Nathan seemed to be handling the news well.

“It’s natural to think, ‘Why did you do that?’ But at the same time, they paid me for rehab. I appreciate the hard work that your entire staff has put in, from Arizona all the way up to the big leagues. We’ll come full circle when we come back here (San Francisco). Ending the year with a team was the biggest thing for me, but meeting up with a competitor is even better.” —Joe Nathan, via ESPN

Nathan made a memorable career with his high number of saves. He had 377 career saves and currently has the 8th most saves in MLB history. Only 31 players in MLB history have had 300 or more saves. Although he wasn’t with the Cubs long or in the best of health, he offered the Cubs a lot of potential as a veteran bullpen.

https://fansided.com/2022/04/05/mlb-legends-forgot-cubs-joe-nathan/ 3 forgotten MLB legends played for the Chicago Cubs

John Verrall

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