Surprise! The Cubs make a spirited race for the playoffs, led by Sosa (his best all-around year) and Jon Lieber (a 20-game winner). Fred McGriff Fever briefly engulfs the North Side.
Forever known as "The David Wells Year."
The final year of Don Baylor is a disaster of 95 losses. Yuck.
Not much to write home about, other than Magglio Ordonez, who posts his best season in Chicago.
One of the trickier years to grade. The regular season was not quite as much fun as '98 or '08, while in the playoffs the team got closer to a World Series than any Cubs team since 1945. They got a +9 on the magic scale and a -9 on the pain scale.
Forever known as "The Esteban Loiaza Year." Kudos to Manuel for posting the best record of any Chicago manager since '98 in his final season.