Ryan Dempster pitched for the Cubs for nine seasons, making the All-Star team and finishing sixth in Cy Young voting in 2008. Now, he's coming back to the team:
Dempster retiring as Cub and joining front office as assistant to Theo— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) December 5, 2014
Dempster has always been a real standup guy and someone who really "gets it" in terms of what it means to be a major-league baseball player making tens of millions of dollars. He still lives walking distance from Wrigley Field and spent some time sitting in the bleachers last summer.
The "retiring as a Cub" comment in Sullivan's tweet likely indicates that Dempster will sign one of those one-day contracts so he can retire as a Cub. It's obvious that his time in Chicago meant the most to him of any of his stops in baseball, even though he won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013. I saw that ring last April when he stopped by the bleachers. It was magnificent. Now, Dempster will be helping out in the front office, hopefully giving advice that will help get the Cubs some of those rings.
Dempster had a 67-66 won-lost record and 87 saves in his nine years with the Cubs. He posted an ERA of 3.74 and a 1.318 WHIP with the team in 374 appearances (154 starts) covering 1,182⅔ innings, by far his best numbers with any of the five teams he played for. The 87 saves ranks fifth in Cubs history and his 1,070 strikeouts as a Cub rank 11th.
Welcome back, Demp. Great to have you back as a Cub. Hope to see you around the ballpark in 2015.