Third Baseman/Second Baseman, 2002
.241 BA, 5 HR, 26 RBI with Cubs
(Editor's Note: Eighth in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)
When starting third baseman Bill Mueller missed the first month of the 2002 season with a knee injury, manager Don Baylor turned to career utility man Chris Stynes to fill the void. But Stynes, who was the Opening Day starter at the hot corner, demonstrated to Cubs fans why he was previously considered expendable by the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, and Boston Red Sox.
The 2002 Cubs lost 32 of the 46 games started by Chris Stynes.
The 29-year-old Stynes, who was an offseason free-agent acquisition, started 18 games at third base until Mueller returned to action and managed just 13 hits in 59 at-bats (.220).
The Cubs were just 4-14 in those early-season Stynes starts and were 11-18 and in fifth place when Mueller made his first start.
By Memorial Day, Stynes had either acquired the nickname of "Moose" from the
Wrigley Field faithful or was one of their favorite targets to shower with boos.
Stynes hit .241 for the season and the Cubs, who finished with a 67-95 mark, were just 14-32 in games started by Stynes.
He committed five errors in just 40 games at third base and was released by the Cubs at the end of the season.