Outfielder/Third Baseman/Second Baseman, 2004-05
.261 BA, .284 OBP, 4 HR, 35 RBI with Cubs
(Editor's Note: Fourth in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)
The mismanaged Jose Macias played in 210 games with the Cubs in 2004-05.
These were players who may have possessed talent but who were so mismanaged - either by playing them too much, batting them in the wrong spot in the lineup, or playing them out of position - by skipper Dusty Baker that they proved to be detrimental to the team.
The 32-year-old Macias, when he joined the Cubs in 2004, had appeared in 449 major league games as a utility player with Montreal and Detroit. It was obvious that he was in the twilight of his career, but he seemed like he'd make a decent late-inning defensive replacement and occasional pinch-hitter.
Unfortunately, Baker tried to make him something he was not, starting him 157 times over 2004 and 2005, including 21 starts in center field. Perhaps Macias was an adequate center fielder when he was younger, but by the time he joined the Cubs, it was obvious that he was ill-suited for the position. The strength of those Cubs teams, as is the case now, was their pitching. Shouldn't it have behooved Baker to put as decent of a defense on the field as much as possible? His Jamesian Defensive Runs Saved Above Average total in center field in 2004 was a horrible minus-96.
Macias batted leadoff 24 times despite a mediocre .284 on-base average. He walked just 11 times in 394 plate appearances with the Cubs.