Remind me again. What exactly was Marvell Wynne good at? I don’t remember him being good in the field. I don’t remember him being good at the plate. I don’t remember him being good on the basepaths. And he’s certainly not very good at signing his own name.
What is it exactly that you’d say you do here?
Then, I checked Baseball Reference, and I was correct in not remembering any of those things. The Cubs got Wynne from the San Diego Padres in 1989 in a blockbuster deal that also brought Luis Salazar to the North Side. And the Cubs only had to give up Calvin Schiraldi and Darrin Jackson! Imagine that!
Wynne reeked up the North Side through the 1990 season, when he was sold to Japan for some computer chips which, at the time, were the size of a room.
Low Point: In the heartbreaking 1989 NLCS against the San Francisco Giants, Wynne, like pretty much everyone but Mark Grace, didn’t show up, collecting a worthless single in 6 at-bats.
Did You Know? Wynne’s son, Marvell Wynne II: The Sequel, plays in the MLS on Red Bull New York. Did you also know that corporate sponsorship for the MLS is ridiculous?