Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wroad to Wrigley Wednesday - Mark Zagunis and Justin Hancock

Just after last week's Wroad to Wrigley post went live, I found out that the Cubs were doing another roster shuffle that included outfielder Mark Zagunis and pitcher Justin Hancock.

Zagunis managed just four walks and two stolen bases in seven games last year as a September call-up. He had to wait for being recalled this year to secure his first Major League hit.

Probably worth the wait for him!

The Cubs picked up Justin Hancock from the Padres in the deal that sent Matt Szczur out west. This Hancock card came out of the supplemental set that the Tennessee Smokies put out last year. This set included some rehabs assignments and guys like Hancock who missed the initial release.

Hancock made his MLB debut on May 9th and got a quick two outs. Quickly followed by a walk and home run. But in a 12-1 game, that's pretty meaningless.

The real tragedy is that with the bases loaded, Hancock got called out on strikes with this pitch and was robbed of an RBI:

Hancock certainly didn't get that call on the walk he gave up before the home run! The umpire must have had post game plans and needed to get out of there.

But I digress. Congrats to these two Cubs on their milestones!

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