COMMENTARY | When there are 25-plus players circulating in and out of a team each and every season, a fan can be forgiven for forgetting a certain player.
When the team has no World Series memories to look back on fondly -- a Chicago Cubs specialty -- it's even easier to forget some players made their way through town, even if they were former All-Stars.
Here are five former All-Stars who you might have forgot made pit stops in Chicago:
Bradley, like so many before him, cashed in on one great season. The Cubs gave him a three-year, $30 million contract after he put up his best season with the Texas Rangers in 2008 -- .321 AVG, 22 HRs, 77 RBIs. Bradley's tenure with the Cubs wasn't exactly forgettable -- temper tantrums, throwing a ball into the stands after two outs -- but his performance was.
Before being traded to the Seattle Mariners the following season, Bradley hit just .257 for the Cubs. His antics were memorable, but, for whatever reason, he's easily forgotten.
After the Cubs' devastating NLCS loss to the Florida Marlins in 2003, fans were reeling. However, the Cubs didn't play awful in 2004 -- finishing 89-73. But a 100-win St. Louis Cardinals season ensured the Cubs weren't going anywhere. Nonetheless, the Cubs traded for Garciaparra at the trade deadline. He was supposed to help the Cubs down the stretch, and he was also an intended piece for the 2005 squad.
Garciaparra was an electric player for the first half of the decade, but never fully regained his form after his trade to the Cubs -- that should be a familiar phrase for Cubs fans. A memorable player with the Boston Red Sox, Garciaparra's tenure with the Cubs flies under the radar.
When Nevin came over to the Cubs in the early part of the 2006 season, his best years were already behind him -- his lone All-Star season was in 2001. He put together a strong 100-RBI season as late as 2004, but only played in 67 games with the Cubs before he was traded to the Minnesota Twins.
Edmonds, a longtime Cubs nemesis as a member of the Cardinals, came aboard in May of 2008. Most of Edmonds' storied career -- .284 AVG, 393 HRs, 1199 RBIs, eight Gold Gloves -- came as a member of the Cardinals, but he was a solid contributor for the Cubs during their division title run in 2008, hitting 19 HRs and driving in 49. Ironically, it was Edmonds who made the division-sealing catch in center field against the Cardinals.
Edmonds bounced around toward the end of his career and was only with the Cubs that one season.
Floyd was rarely an elite player in his career -- .278 AVG, 233 HRs, 865 RBIs over 17 seasons -- but was a consistent contributor on most teams he was on. In 108 games with the Cubs in 2007, he hit .284 while hitting nine home runs and knocking in 45. His lone All-Star nod came in 2001 as a member of the Marlins -- .317 AVG, 31 HRs, 103 RBIs.
Most of his damage was done in Florida and New York (Mets), which can leave his quick stop in Chicago all but forgotten.
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Brian is a lifelong Chicago Cubs follower. Living in Illinois his entire life has given him a chance to closely follow and report Chicago sports as a freelance writer through Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Sports. He is also a senior in college majoring in English and Creative Writing.
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