|MADE CUBS FANS FORGET MADDUX.|
|FOR ONE START, THAT IS.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Cubs General Manger Larry Himes did Jose Guzman no favors after signing him as a free agent in the winter of 1992. Giving him a multi-year deal, Himes said Guzman would make Cubs fans forget about #85 Greg Maddux, who left that December for the Braves. Not quite. Guzman made a combined 34 starts in '93 and '94, winning 14 games. Maddux won 194 games and three more Cy Young Awards in Atlanta. Guzman pitched eight seasons all told, going 80-74 with a 4.05 ERA, averaging 160 strikeouts and 86 walks a season.
- Guzman made Himes look like a genius in his debut in the season's second game on April 6, 1993, against the Braves no less. Guzman had a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth when #181 Otis Nixon ruined the mood at Wrigley Field with a single. Guzman settled for a one-hit shutout.
- With the Rangers, the team that drafted him in '81, Guzman won AL Comeback Player of the Year in '91, posting a 13-7 record and 3.08 ERA and an ERA+ of 132.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Followed his comeback season with a career-high 16 wins in '92, striking a career-high 179.
- His '92 season was well-timed entering his walk year as the Cubs pounced and signed him for four years, $15 million.
- Won 12 games in his first season in Chicago, pitching 191 innings, compiling a 4.34 ERA and striking out 163.
- A shoulder injury curtailed his '94 season after only four starts, which would be his final major-league appearances.
- Started the Guzman23 Foundation in honor of his mom, who suffered with Alzheimer's disease. The organization provides financial assistance for those with the disease.