Though the Cubs crapped out another Cubs (i.e. losing) season, Tribune Company management must have been happy with Bellhorn, who started the season as a utilityman filling in for injured Bill Mueller but ended the season starting almost every day. Though he kept his average around a mediocre .260 and struck out almost twice as often as he walked, Bellhorn’s nearly thirty homeruns were more than the Cubs have gotten from the hot corner since the days when some kid name Santo manned the bag. Now that he’s shown baseball’s eagle eyes that he has some power, perhaps he’ll even get called up to the majors soon.
Audience choice: Mark Prior
Best of Chicago 2002