5 Chicago Cubs stars you definitely forgot

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Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo. We all know the big names in the Chicago Cubs All-Stars known for taking the franchise to greatness. These are the guys who have always been considered and front and center when we think of the North Siders’ myriad All-Star caliber seasons since the Midsummer Classic’s inception in 1933.

What about the random guys who put together a career year for the Cubs and earned an All-Star nod for their efforts? Or the great players in the twilight of their careers who achieved one more accolade under their belt during a short stint at the Friendly Confines? Sometimes all it takes is a really good first half to earn a small permanent All-Star scorer on your baseball referral page.

Let’s take a look at the guys who were celebrated for their moment of greatness in Chicago, but for some reason didn’t stick in the minds of fans today.

#5: Vance Law’s high and consistent average bat earned him a nod in 1988

To put it bluntly, Vance Law is a somewhat unremarkable example of an All-Star player. He had a nice little career to himself with 10.6 career WAR over 11 seasons at the majors, but he only hit for 94 OPS+.

Law started his career in Pittsburgh, but only played in a limited capacity in two years with the Pirates. It was with the White Sox that he got his first real shot at the Majors, although his bat left a lot to be desired. Outside of his 1982 campaign in which he hit .281, he lacked any real upside in his bat and left the Sox for the Expos after the 1984 season.

Again, Law didn’t do much, but he actually had his best season in Montreal with a slant line of 266/.369/.405 to give him a solid 122 OPS+. Still, the Expos were done with him after three years, and he came to the Cubs in 1988, his first and only All-Star season. Law was actually part of a slew of Cubs All-Stars that year, joining Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux, Shawon Dunston and Rafael Palmeiro in perhaps the most star-centric Midsummer Classic. Cubs outside of 2016.

Law’s .303/.359/.414 slash line in the first half of 1988 was pretty solid overall, making him a stable fixture in the Cubs’ roster. He didn’t light up the world with a flashy power bat, but it was enough to be recognized as one of the best players of the year. He would go on to play one more year with the Cubs before joining the Chunichi Dragons in 1990 and finally ending his career in Oakland in 1991.

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