#99: Gary “Not Great” Scott

Dear Gary Scott,

What the hell happened to you? I remember before the 1991 season, when you were young and full of life and ready to take on the world and be the Cubs third baseman for years and years. In 1991, you were #39 in Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects. I still have the article! After you struggled so much in 1991, by the next year, you had fallen to #76. The year after that, you had fallen to #99. On my list. Of the 126 worst Cubs of my time.

You were supposed to be the next Ron Santo. You were the Cubs’ can’t-miss prospect. Now I hear you’re a real estate salesman?

Why did you do this to me, Gary? I was looking for an answer, and I was greeted with a .160 batting average. I had to wait eleven more years to get a decent third baseman, Gary. Do you have any idea how hard that was on me? Trust me, you don’t want to know, but to give you a hint Shane Andrews (Shane Andrews!) played third at one point. That’s how bad it had gotten. Those were dark times, Gary.

Gary, I know this may be hard for you to hear, but you really disappointed me. My therapist said I needed closure, and he suggested that I write this letter to get it. I’m over you, Gary. I’m with a third baseman now who might hit 40 home runs next year. 40! And he’s actually better in the field than you were.

I hope you don’t take this too hard. It’s better that we let this go, rather than dragging it out even longer than we already have. Take care.

Forever friends,

Bad Kermit

P.S. I couldn’t find a picture of you to remember you by, so I enclosed this picture of Michael Gary Scott from the American version of The Office.

Michael Gary Scott

Low Point: Being the Cubs’ “next big thing” and failing to win a starting job over Luis Salazar and Steve Buechele.

Did You Know? You can connect Gary Scott to fellow Bottom 126er Chris Stynes in just two moves. Scott was traded to the Reds for Hector Carrasco. Carrasco was traded by the Reds to the Royals for Chris Stynes. Yep. There’s not a whole lot of things more interesting than that to say about a real estate salesman.

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5 Responses to “#99: Gary “Not Great” Scott”


  1. 1 T.J. Brown February 14, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    You know what’s depressing? The fact that there are 99 worse Cubs than Gary Scott. And the fact that I can’t even question the concept that there are 99 worse players.

  2. 2 Bad Kermit February 14, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    To be fair, the numbering of the guys is sort of haphazard (at least until the top 20 or so). To be unfair, Gary Scott sucked really bad.

  3. 3 T.J. Brown February 14, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Yes, it’s unfair to say Gary Scott sucked very bad. You should apologize to everyone who has ever sucked at anything for comparing them to Gary Scott.

  4. 4 John February 15, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    I had such high hopes for the kid too. I really thought that he had turned the corner when he had a 11-13 pitch at bat in a late april game (can’t recall against who) with the bases loaded and finally, barely, cracked one out of the park. He at least didn’t suck that at bat. But he didn’t turn the corner from there as I thought he might. Instead, he just turned my stomach

  5. 5 John Campbell July 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I didn’t know the guy but I went to same high school graduating two years earlier. I played a year of HS ball with one of his brothers and when our dreams died we were off to softball while gary scott was off to the majors. The guy made the major leagues, that’s an achievement. He was a kid who tried and didn’t make it in the majors; I wish I failed like that. While we were running around softball fields this kid was tasting the majors. Why rip the guy? He caught a dream we all had. John C.


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