How many players have Cubs used in 2021-22?

You may know that the Cubs used 69 players last season, 5 more than any team ever had used before.

You may even know that they had used 51 players this season through July 31.

But did you know that they have used 100 DIFFERENT players since Opening Day of 2021?

Zach McKinstry became No. 100 when he struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning at San Francisco on Sunday night.

A list of all 100 is at the end of this post.



The Cubs' 2-year total through Sunday was 6 more than the second highest count, 94, by the Pirates.

The Mariners were third, at 90, followed by the Angels, at 87, then 3 teams with 85: the Rays, Reds and Twins.

Exactly half of all teams, 15, had used as least 80.

Eight more had used 71-78, and 6 had used 61-69 -- all with at least 65, except the Astros (62) and White Sox (61).

The Rockies had used the fewest players of all, 57.

The average of the 29 teams other than the Cubs was 77, a long way from the Cubs' 100.



Last season, 25 of the 30 teams used at least 50 different players.

Four teams tied for second, with 64: the Angels, Diamondbacks, Mets and Pirates.

The Mariners used 63; the Blue Jays and Orioles, 62; the Brewers, Dodgers, Marlins and Rays, 61; and the Nationals, 60, for a total of 13 teams with 60 or more.

Only 5 teams used fewer than 50: the Tigers (49), Indians and Royals (48), White Sox (47) and Rockies (45).

The average among the 29 teams other than the Cubs was 56, or 19 percent fewer than the Cubs' record 69.


Twelve teams already had used at least 50 players this season as of Aug. 1.

Five had used more than the Cubs' 51: the Pirates (56), Angels (54), Mariners and Reds (53), and Rays (62).

The Giants and Marlins had matched the Cubs' total. The Athletics, Orioles, Royals and Twins had used 50.

Only 3 teams had not used at least 40: the White Sox (39), Astros (38) and Rockies (37).



The first teams to use 50 players did so way back in 1884, during the only season of the Union Association. The Kansas City Cowboys (16-63-3) and Washington Nationals (47-65-2) both used exactly 50

The most used by any National League team before the Modern Era was 46, by the Pirates, in 1890, the final season in which they were known as the Alleghenys. They finished 23-113-2!

The Cubs' high before 1901 was 31, in 1893, when they called the Colts and wound up 56-71-1.



The Tigers were the first team to use more than 50 players in the Modern Era: 53, in 1912.

The Athletics used 56, in 1915, and that remained the record for 87 years, until the Tigers used 57, in 2002.

Here is the complete evolution of the record for most players used since 1901:

53: Tigers, 1912

56: Athletics, 1915

57: Tigers, 2002

58: Royals, 2004

59: Padres, 2008

60: Braves, 2015

61: Mariners, 2017

63: Blue Jays, 2018

67: Mariners, 2019

69: Cubs, 2021

As you can see, the record has been broken in 4 of the last 6 full seasons.



Since 1876, teams have used at least 50 players in a total of 247 seasons. That includes 25 of at least 60, all since 2015.

No National League team used 50 or more players until 1944, when the Dodgers, with 53, became the seventh team to do so.

There wasn't another NL team until 1967, when the Mets used 54 to become the 12th team overall.

By the end of 1999, it had been done 34 times, by 18 teams -- but not the Cubs.

They used 40 for the first time in 1912 and matched or exceeded that number in 30 more seasons through 1999.

They used 45 as early as 1916, 46 for the first time in 1946, 47 in 1960 and 49 in 1966.

But they did not used at least 50 until 2000, when they used 51.

They matched that number the next year, then set new team highs of 53 in 2012 and 56 in 2013 before leaping to 69 in 2021.



The Cubs have used at least 50 players in 8 seasons.

Ten teams have done it more often and 4 have had an equal number.

Here is the breakdown of how many seasons that teams have had 50 or more players:

16: Rangers

13: Athletics and Red Sox

11: Orioles, Padres and Reds

10: Blue Jays, Marlins, Mets and Royals

9: Angels, Dodgers and Yankees

8: Cubs, Mariners, Phillies, Rays and Rockies

7: Guardians and Nationals

6: Braves, Brewers, Diamondbacks and Pirates

5: Giants

4: Tigers, Twins and White Sox

3: Astros

2: Cardinals

1: Kansas City Cowboys and 1884 Washington Nationals

The average of the 29 active teams other than the Cubs is 8.



Last year, the Cubs used 34 position players and 35 pitchers.

Through July 31 of this year, they had used 22 position players and 29 pitchers.


A year ago, 40 different Cubs appeared in a game in a role other than as a pitcher. That broke a team record that had stood for 105 years, since they had 36 such appearances in 1916.

They had 34 in 1960, 33 in 1902, 31 in 2000 and 30 in 1954.

The Cubs' 40 appearances not as pitchers last season was the most by any team since the 2 Union Association clubs, Kansas City and Washington, had 49 each in 1884.

The Cubs set a record in the Modern Era, surpassing the 39 by the Braves in 1913.


40 different players pitched for the Cubs last season, 6 of them position players.

Those 40 were 5 more than the Cubs ever had used before. They had used 35 in 2018.

Their 40 last year would have been a big league record, except the Mets used 42 and the Diamondbacks used 41.

The Dodgers (39), Brewers (38) and Pirates (also 38) also topped the previous mark of 37, set by the Padres, in 2002, and tied by the Braves, in 2015.

So far this year, 31 different players have pitched for the Cubs, including position players Frank Schwindel and Andrelton Simmons.


THE CUBS 100 CUBS OF 2021-22

(In alphabetical order by last name, in groups of 10)

Cory Abbott, Jason Adam, Sergio Alcántara, Adbert Alzolay, Jake Arrieta, Javier Báez, Joe Biagini, David Bote, Steven Brault, Rex Brothers

Kris Bryant, Erick Castillo, Andrew Chafin, Jesse Chavez, Robinson Chirinos, Willson Contreras, Narciso Crook, Zach Davies, Greg Deichmann, Matt Duffy

Scott Effross, Anderson Espinoza, Johneshwy Fargas, Jackson Frazier, Trent Giambrone, Mychal Givens, Yan Gomes, Robert Gsellman, Taylor Gushue, Ian Happ

Kyle Hendricks, Michael Hermosillo, Codi Heuer, Jason Heyward, P.J. Higgins, Nico Hoerner, Brandon Hughes, Jake Jewell, Caleb Kilian, Craig Kimbrel

Tyler Ladendorf, Mark Leiter Jr., Jose Lobaton, Nick Madrigal, Dillon Maples, Jake Marisnick, Chris Martin, Nick Martini, Zach McKinstry, Trevor Megill

Ryan Meisinger, Conner Menez, Wade Miley, Shelby Miller, Alec Mills, Christopher Morel, Adam Morgan, Tommy Nance, Sean Newcomb, Daniel Norris

Rafael Ortega, Tyler Payne, Joc Pederson, Alfonso Rivas, Anthony Rizzo, Ethan Roberts, David Robertson, Manuel Rodríguez, Andrew Romine, Austin Romine

Michael Rucker, Kyle Ryan, Adrian Sampson, Frank Schwindel, Andrelton Simmons, Drew Smyly, Eric Sogard, Locke St. John, Justin Steele, Kohl Stewart

Robert Stock, Eric Stout, Marcus Stroman, Pedro Strop, Seiya Suzuki, Matt Swarmer, Ryan Tepera, Keegan Thompson, Trayce Thompson, Erich Uelmen

Ildemaro Vargas, Nelson Velázquez, Jonathan Villar, Rowan Wick, Brad Wieck, Trevor Williams, Dan Winkler, Patrick Wisdom, Tony Wolters, Brandon Workman

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