The Chicago Cubs set a franchise record on Tuesday night for the number of players used in a season, at 52. The record was set by the newly-acquired Anthony Recker, who pinch hit in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's loss to the Washington Nationals. The record was tied when relief pitcher Jaye Chapman made his major league debut in the second inning.
Theo Epstein effectively turning the Cubs into an extension of the franchise's farm system has been beneficial for his own purposes, but as manager Dale Sveum points out, it's not something that quite exactly correlates with winning.
"You'd rather have it another way," manager Dale Sveum said. "There is nothing good from breaking a franchise record for players used. You're not going to end up in a good season."
(via ESPN Chicago)
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