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Midwest League 1996

Rockford Cubbies

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This page profiles the 1996 Rockford Cubbies, a Single-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and a member of the Midwest League.


This essay previewed the last 1996 series between the Cubbies and the Lansing Lugnuts. It was intended to highlight the team's strengths, and was written from the perspective of a Lugnuts fan.



Four games at Rockford's Marinelli Stadium. Dean Travel's excursion is the Saturday game of this set.


The Cubbies are affiliated with and owned by the Chicago Cubs.

The NAPBL's Cubbies page [now gone, of course] is the only webpage I knew of which was devoted to this team.


[I seem not to have mentioned the manager. He was Steve Roadcap.]


MWL Fan's Guide

The Ballpark

Marinelli Stadium faces west; take your shades. I really don't know much about it. The outfield dimensions are 340-390-340. STATS' Minor League Handbook tells me it's fairly neutral except that it's a difficult park to homer in; run totals are slightly depressed.

Directions: I-90 to milepost 61 (US 20 exit). West on 20 to Illinois 2, which is Main Street. Right on Main to 15th Avenue. Right to the ballpark.


The Team

All-Star: Brandon Hammack (P)

All stats quoted are thru Friday, July 19.

The Cubbies were the first team our guys played; the Nuts won 3 of 4 for the first series.

Rockford is tied for the lead of the Central Division with a record of 15-12 (.556). This is a team with decent hitting and poor pitching; they don't score as much as our guys, but they do better at preventing runs.

Second baseman Elinton Jasco gets on base a lot and tends to steal second when he gets there. First baseman Scott Vieira is having a very good season; he's hitting .317 with 52 RBIs and 54 runs scored. Outfielder Terry Joseph would seem unexceptional except he's among the league leaders in runs scored and runs batted in; he's doing something right. Third baseman Kelvin Barnes appears to be the fastest runner on this very quick team. DH Brandon Pico has only a few at bats, but looks like a threat. Watch for almost anyone to run if they get on base.

Starter Jeff Yoder's got 8 wins and 90 strikeouts; that's reasonably successful in this league. Reliever Gary Marshall has some good stats in 34 appearances; this team's closer (Brandon Hammack) has been promoted. New closer Skip Ames has 4 saves, a win and a loss in a mere eight innings pitched; interesting numbers.... That's about it; pitching is not this team's strength.


All in all, a team very like our Lugnuts. Should be an interesting set.



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