Monday, November 11, 2013

Jeff Stevens

The Cubs traded Mark DeRosa to the Cleveland Indians for Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer and Jon Gaub following the 2008 season. With a couple of seasons in the minor league systems of the Indians and Cincinnati Reds, Stevens made his Major League debut the next year as a member of the Cubs. He spent the next three season between the Cubs and their minor league affiliates.

Used as middle relief out of the bullpen, Stevens has Major League record of 1-0 in 33 appearances. However, the Cubs were 6-27 in those games. It has to be one of the toughest roles in baseball, to come into a game already out of hand. Although his lone victory came from a game where Stevens entered with a 4-1 lead. After giving up a game tying home run in the top of the fifth inning, the Cubs scored the eventual game winning run in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win for Stevens. I guess since the starting pitcher didn't go 5 innings, the win would have gone to Stevens anyway...

He was granted free agency following the 2011 season and spent 2012 with in the Mets minor league system. He signed with the Reds again for the 2013 season but was released during Spring Training so he ended up in the independent Atlantic League with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. 

Some of you may remember earlier this year when I had some help with former Cubs from that league and this ATCRCS card is the last one from that batch. He wore/wears #17 with the Blue Crabs so I'm happy he added #44 (his Cubs jersey number).

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