Chris Stynes was impotent at the plate with the Cubs in 2002. Don’t get me wrong. But what led to more “Why the f@#$ is Chris Stynes playing third base?” moments was his glove. At least, I think he was wearing a glove. They wouldn’t have let him take the field without a glove, right?
Stynes was an absolute butcher in the field. Every ground ball was an adventure. Stynes helped a team give away runs which absolutely couldn’t afford to give away runs. He had the Todd Walker defense and shave without the Todd Walker ability to make contact with a pitched baseball.
Low Point: May 1, 2002, when Stynes struck out looking twice in an eventual 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.
Did You Know? Stynes was one of the original “Dirt Dogs,” the use of which nickname eventually led to the devolution of Red Sox fans.