‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #16
Ryne Sandberg – 1983 Fleer
Easily the most popular player to put on a Cubs uniform since Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg revolutionized offensive stats for a 2nd baseman during his career.
‘Ryno’ was the first second baseman to hit 40 or more home runs in a single season. And he really was never known to be a power hitter either. What ‘Ryno’ was known for was his all-around skill level that classified him as a 5-tool player.
With a career batting average of .285, Ryne was a good contact hitter that kept the ball in play. During the course of his 16-season career, Sandberg hit .300 or better 5 times. And with his average, came a little pop in his bat too. ‘Ryno’ has 282 career home runs and topped 25 or more homers in 6 seasons. Adding 344 stolen bases to his resume as well as 2,386 hits, 1,061 RBI, and 1,318 runs scored rounds out Sandberg’s offensive stats.
Defensively, Ryne was incredible. The winner of 9 consecutive Gold Glove awards from his second season of 1984-1991, Sandberg put on a show each time he took to the field. Ryne Sandberg was also a 10-time All-star, a 7-time Silver Slugger winner, and a league MVP. In his MVP season of 1984, ‘Ryno’ went for .314/19/84 while stealing 32 bases and scoring 114 runs.
Ryne Sandberg never played in a World Series. He did play in 2 NLCS match-ups and did extremely well. In 10 games between the 2 series’, ‘Ryno’ hit .385 while also collecting 6 RBI, 3 stolen bases, and hitting 1 home run.