#118: Leonardo “The Crappiest Ninja Turtle” Gomez

When you’re lying in bed in the inky darkness of night and you start getting visits from all of those unanswered questions, rising from their graves to haunt you, isn’t one of them, “How the f@#$ did the Cubs end up with Leo Gomez at third base?”

Leo Gomer
A face you can trust to connect solidly with a frying pan.

Gomez came to the Cubs from Baltimore in 1996 to play third. And he actually played all right. For a while. And then, sometime after the smell of fireworks had faded from the Chicago skies, Gomez started to get worse. And worse. And worse. After the All-Star Break, Gomez hit a miserable .199, with a Patterson-esque .315 OBP. His power also disappeared, as he hit only 4 of his 17 home runs in 1996 after the break. Gomez alone didn’t kill the Cubs that year, but he certainly helped. Plus, he looked like that one kid from Detroit Rock City.

Giuseppe Andrews

I guess the Cubs got Baltimore back by sending them Sosa and Patterson, but the price paid was great.

Low Point: August 11, 1996. Gomez whiffs three times (twice looking; once with the go-ahead run on second in a 3-3 tie in the top of the 8th) in an eventual 10-inning loss to the Montreal Expos.

Did You Know? You can still see Gomez flailing away wildly and missing the collection plate of the Biligual Christian Church on Erdman Avenue in Baltimore?


2 Responses to “#118: Leonardo “The Crappiest Ninja Turtle” Gomez”

  1. 1 Tinker to Evers to Chance January 24, 2007 at 2:02 am

    Would it be considered cheating to put all 99 third basemen between Santo and E-Ramis on this list?

  2. 2 Bad Kermit January 24, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Not cheating, but possibly too easy. I was thinking of knocking off 25 slots by just saying “The 1997 Cubs,” but I didn’t want to make things too easy on myself.

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