Trade To Chicago Brings To Mind A Roster Of Players Who Were Both a Cub and a Card
Jason Heyward Would Definitely Be In This Lineup
Second only to the Dodgers-Giants, the rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals is the most intense in the National League. It had up until the past half decade been relatively one-sided, for St. Louis had won the most pennants in the senior circuit while Chicago had gone over a hundred years before winning it all in 2016.
Because of their animosity, very few trades have ever transpired between the two organizations. They have, however, taken turns snatching players from one another through free agency, as evidenced in back to back years a few seasons ago.
At this year's trade deadline, however, the Cubs did acquire a player who wore a St. Louis uniform for the past several seasons. Slugger Jose Martinez, whom the Cardinals traded to Tampa over the winter because they had no use for a designated hitter, was acquired by the Cubs to serve that very purpose in 2020.
Martinez would be the best candidate to DH on a club comprising players who were Cubs and Cards at some point in their careers, which would look something like the following lineup.
Left Field, Dexter Fowler
One season after helping the Cubs to a World Series Championship, the All-Star signed on with their bitter rivals.
Center Field, Lou Brock
His credentials as a Cardinal landed the speedster in the Hall of Fame, but he spent his rookie season of 1961 at Wrigley Field.
Right Field, Jason Heyward
After several magnificent seasons at Busch Stadium, Heyward signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Cubs.
Third Base, Miguel Cairo
Despite his “Capitol” last name, Cairo during his career called a lot of places home besides just the Windy City and the gateway To The West.
Second Base, Shawon Dunston
Known for a personality as fiery as his arm, the All-Star spent most of his career as a Cub before finishing it up with the Cardinals.
Shortstop, Don Kessinger
For much of the Sixties and Seventies he was an All-Star between Hall of Famer Ron Santo and Glenn Beckert, which allows him to shift Dunston to second.
First Base, Leon Durham
Between these two Midwest metropolises, Bull got to enjoy playing for his hometown of Cincinnati for a few seasons.
Catcher, Joe Girardi
While adequate as a backstop for both teams, it was as manager of the Yankees where Girardi gained the most renown.
Starting Pitcher, Danny Jackson
In between stints with the Cubs and Cards, the right hander delivered a runner-up Cy Young season with the Reds.
Jamie Moyer, Starting Pitcher
This soft-throwing, and seemingly ageless, All-Star would be the lefty in the rotation.
Mordecai Brown, Starting Pitcher
An accident in his childhood severed part of his hand, rendering him with the legendary nickname of Three-Finger Brown.
Closer, Dennis Eckersley
Cooperstown was his destiny, after a Hall of Fame mound career as a starter for the two clubs and a sensational closer for Oakland.