Recipe for ending a career:
2 pts. Tommy John surgery
1 pt. Cub uniform
Age 34 years
Stress 8 innings
Add a pinch of Dusty Baker
And that brings us to #124 on our Bottom 126, Chad Fox.
I have no idea what a guy who previously had two Tommy John surgeries was thinking joining a team managed by a guy who abuses pitchers like Jacque Jones abuses the ground in right field on a relay throw. So I guess it was Fox’s own fault that he threw only eight innings as a Cub. No, wait. I can find a way to blame Dusty. Fox was coming off an injury-filled 2004 during which he had thrown only 10 2/3 innings with the Marlins. So what does Dusty do? Pitches Fox five times in a week from April 11 to April 17, including the final three days in a row. Dusty pitched Fox on April 24 and tried to bring him back the next day against Cincinnati. On the TWENTY-FIFTH pitch Fox threw in a 10-3 Cubs blowout, Fox’s right arm went flying toward the Cubs dugout, and his career was over.
Chad, we barely knew ye. Sorry about destroying your life.
Low point: The fact that, in his final inning of work, he gave up a 3-run homer to Adam Dunn which hasn’t landed yet.
Did you know? That there’s also a 30-year-old DJ in Tampa named Chad Fox desperately trying to cling to his youth?