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Where Are the 1984 Chicago Cubs Now?
1984 Chicago Cubs
In my 30+ plus years as a diehard Chicago Cubs fan, my favorite team of all-time is the 1984 Cubs. They became the first pro team that I cheered for to ever qualify for the playoffs in 1984. But beyond that, there was something magical, yet tragic, about the 1984 Cubs. Today, many of the stars from the 1984 Cubs are still involved in baseball. Take a closer look at where five key members of the 1984 Chicago Cubs are now.
Keith Moreland: .279 BA, 16 HR, 80 RBI
One of the roughest, hard-nosed players on the 1984 Chicago Cubs was RF Keith "Zonk" Moreland. The former football player from the University of Texas was a great run producer for the 1984 Cubs and hit 100 homeruns for Chicago over six years. Moreland was also the NL Player of the Month for August of 1984. In 2011, Moreland took over as Chicago's WGN-AM radio color analyst after the passing of legendary Cub Ron Santo.
Bob Dernier: .278 BA, 3 HR, 32 RBI
The key to all the Chicago Cubs' run production in 1984 was leadoff man CF Bob Dernier's ability to get on base. With 45 stolen bases in 1984, opposing pitchers could not fully concentrate on Sandberg, Matthews and Durham when Dernier got on base. The trade that brought Dernier and Gary Matthews to Chicago got the Cubs off to great start in 1984. Today, Bob "The Deer" Dernier is the Chicago Cubs first base coach.
Jody Davis: .256 BA, 19 HR, 94 RBI
Although Ryne Sandberg is my favorite player of all-time, it was magic every time Chicago C Jody Davis stepped up to the plate at Wrigley Field in 1984. I will never forget Harry Caray singing those "Jody, Jody Davis" songs to the tune of "Davy, Davy Crockett." Chicago fans also chanted "Jo-dee! Jo-dee!" when Davis batted in 1984. Recently, Jody Davis has managed in the Cubs minor league system and has been Chicago's roving catching instructor.
Rick Sutcliffe: 16-1, 2.69 ERA
The 1984 Chicago Cubs really took off as a team when they acquired SP Rick Sutcliffe from the Cleveland Indians. After joining the Chicago Cubs in 1984, "The Red Baron" went 16-1 and easily won the NL Cy Young Award. He also defeated the San Diego Padres in the 1984 playoffs and even hit a homerun for Chicago. For several years now, Rick Sutcliffe has been a very successful MLB analyst for ESPN.
Ryne Sandberg: .314, 19 HR, 84 RBI
Time heals all wounds. But I am still angry and bitter over the 2011 Chicago Cubs not hiring "Ryno" to be the club's manager. The 1984 NL MVP and Hall of Famer is the greatest Cub player I have ever seen play in my lifetime. In 1984, Sandberg also had 32 stolen bases and an incredible 19 triples. After managing in Chicago's minor league system for a number of years, Sandberg now manages in the Philadelphia Phillies system.
"1984 Chicago Cubs," baseball-reference.com
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