Saturday night, the Cubs added a player to the 25-man roster who was one short of a major milestone in team history:
When Donn Roach makes his debut tonight, he'll be the 1,999th player to appear in a game for the #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 27, 2015
This raises an obvious question: Who will be No. 2,000 in Cubs franchise history? We're likely to see some changes in the roster soon, as it seems possible that Roach will be returned to Triple-A Iowa before another starting pitcher is needed to take the spot of Tsuyoshi Wada in the rotation. Wada was placed on the disabled list Sunday to make room for Neil Ramirez, and Wada's turn comes up Saturday (although, the team could also skip that turn given the off day this week).
In case you were wondering, according to baseball-reference.com the Cubs are not the all-time leader in most players despite being the longest-running franchise (along with the Braves, who have moved twice, both date from 1876). It's the Cardinals. (Dang. Do they have to lead in everything?) The current Cardinals and their predecessors in the 19th Century have had the most players at 2,050. Counting the Cardinals only from 1892, their current incarnation, the count is 1,929. The Braves have had 1,892 different players. Among American League teams, the record-holder is the Athletics franchise with 1,863 different players.
So here's your turn. Which player will have the milestone No. 2,000 player designation? Will it be someone already on the 40-man roster? Someone else in the organization who's not currently on the 40-man? Or a player acquired by trade or waivers who is not currently a member of the Cubs organization?
The only players currently on the 40-man roster who have not played for the Cubs are Carl Edwards Jr. (formerly known as C.J. Edwards) and Christian Villanueva, so I've put them in the poll, along with a couple of other possibilities from within the organization. Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts in the comments.