Mark Gonzalez of the Tribune noted in his blog earlier this morning that someone had passed away, but wouldn’t release a name. ESPN news has now announced that the name is former Cub, Rod Beck.


Aug. 3rd, 1968 – June 24, 2007

Rod Beck, who saved 286 games in a 13-year major league career, has died at the age of 38.

The cause of death is uknown at this time.

Beck, who played for the Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Padres, was a three-time All-Star and saved a career-best 51 games with the Cubs in 1998.

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