Clubhouse Chatter: Who's the best non-starter in Chicago sports history?

Updated 7/16/2020 6:32 PM

What our Sports staff has to say while waiting for the games to fully resume.

This is tough. But I'm going with Bulls reserve guard Steve Kerr. He could shoot!


­-- Patricia Babcock McGraw

Maybe it's because "The Last Dance" is fresh in my mind, but I'll go with Toni Kukoc. I loved what he brought to the Bulls' second 3-peat, a versatile player who provided such a lift off the bench with his ability to drive, create for others, and his outside shooting.

-- John Lemon

I'll go with Cubs reliever Bruce Sutter in the 1970s when he was a "save" machine. He was one of the first relief aces to benefit from what was then a new stat called the "save" created by legendary local sports writer Jerome Holtzman.

­-- John Leusch

Future Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek had trouble finding playing time behind Ed Belfour and got only 25 games in net here before the trade to Buffalo in the summer of 1992.

­-- Barry Rozner

I'm going with Bruce Sutter. Two reasons: 1) He was obviously one of the best relief pitchers in MLB history. And 2) Other than Bill Buckner, Ivan DeJesus, Manny Trillo and Dave Kingman, he's the first player I truly remember watching play for the Cubs as a kid.

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­-- John Dietz

Dennis Rodman was/is an odd cat, but he knew how to rebound the basketball and was a nasty defender. He gets the nod over Hall of Fame Cubs closer Lee Smith.

­-- Scot Gregor

It was amazing to see Cubs closer Bruce Sutter lock down as many saves as he did for bad teams in the late 1970s. He gets my vote.

­-- Kevin Schmit

If relief pitchers count, my vote for non-starter would be Bruce Sutter. Watching that split-finger fastball fall off the table was simply incredible when he began with the Cubs in the mid-1970s. In some games Sutter was unhittable. Honorable mention: By impact, Scott Darling.

­-- Dave Oberhelman

When Cubs relief pitcher Bruce Sutter perfected his split-fingered fastball in the 1970s, he was virtually unhittable. And it was fun to watch hitters look silly swinging and missing. Fortunately, Sutter had an off day when he came back with the Cardinals on June 23, 1984.


­-- Orrin Schwarz

I'm going with Lee Smith. The Cubs aren't even a contender in 1984 without him.

­-- John Radtke

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