Was there ever a bigger waste of time than Chad Hermansen packing up his possessions in Pittsburgh to leave for Chicago? Ever? Wait, I know. It was probably a bigger waste of time for Hermansen to bother bringing his bat.
Chad Hermansen: Coming soon to a convenience store near you.
Going into July 31, 2002, baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Cubs were 44-60, 15.5 games out of first in the NL Central. Their blockbuster deal? They sent Darren Lewis to Pittsburgh for Chad Hermansen. What. Was. The. Point? Even Darren Lewis was a better option as a
fourth fifth sixth outfielder that year. Christ, even Darren BAKER was a better option. Oh, and Lewis decided that the misery of playing for both Chicago and Pittsburgh in one season was too much to take, so he promptly retired.
At the end of the miserable 2002 season, Hermansen was shipped off with Todd Hundley to Los Angeles for Mark Grudzielanek and Eric Karros, who helped spark the Cubs to one of the most crushingly devasting collapses in Major League playoff history. Thanks a lot, Chad. You dick.
Low Point: In the 2 months Hermansen was a Cub, he collected only 1 home run and 3 RBIs. For comparison, in 2001, Sammy Sosa had 3-6 RBIs in a game 21 times. That means 21 times in 2001, Sosa matched or bested Hermansen’s two-month RBI total in ONE GAME.
Did You Know? From Wikipedia:
Signed by the Campeche Pirates of the Mexican League in 2005, Hermansen was released after batting only .182 in eleven games. He next signed with the Elmira Pioneers, but played in no games before being signed by the San Diego Padres organization. The Padres immediately released Hermansen, however, citing arm problems as their concern. In 2006, Hermansen played for the Sioux Falls Canaries of the newly formed American Association.
Next stop? The 2007 California Penal League.