Hard Ball — Randy Bush edition
Randy Bush currently serves as assistant general manager for the Chicago Cubs, teaming with Theo Epstein in the hope of building the Cubs into a team that contends perennially, but also helped the Minnesota Twins win World Series championships in both 1987 and ’91.
Bush delivered the greatest slide these eyes have ever witnessed in Game 2 of the ’87 Fall Classic, then enjoyed one of the greatest campaigns in pinch-hitting history in ’91. Bush made 43 plate appearances off the pine, finishing with a slashline of .382 (13-for-34) / .500 / .618 that resulted in eight RBI, eight walks and a pair of game-tying, ninth inning blasts off of closers Mike Schooler and Jeff Reardon, games which Minnesota went on to win.
On Tuesday morning, we chatted with Bush about winning championships in Minnesota, the challenges of being a successful pinch-hitter, the influence of Tom Kelly and Andy MacPhail, Cubs prospects Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler, assessing Cuban and Japanese players and what ending a more than century-old title drought in Wrigleyville would mean to him…
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