AMANA, Iowa — While the Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time in many years, one Iowa baseball watcher says he thinks the Cubs have all the pieces they need to win a World Series.
Bruce Kimm should know. He was on a World Series team as a coach with the Florida Marlins in 1997. He also has been a player and interim manager on the Cubs.
“It’s hard to win a World Series you must have everything fall in place,” said Kimm. “It’s just the whole organization comes together but you got to be good you can’t run a mule in the Kentucky Derby.”
Kimm broke into the majors 1976 as a member of the Detroit Tigers. He was the designated catcher for Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. The Detroit hurler had a unique style and was able to get batters out with his unorthodox routines.
“He took baseball over everywhere we went sports writers just flocking to him,” said Kimm.
The Tigers would fill opposing ballparks with people wanting to see this unusual and talented pitcher.
Kim says he believes the Cubs have what it takes to conquer a World Series trophy.
“Theo Epstein has done a fantastic job and the manager and the coaches and of course the players,” said Kimm. He adds he also picked up pitching because you can’t win in the World Series without good pitching.
Some of Bruce Kimm’s baseball memorabilia is on display at the Iowa Baseball Museum in his hometown of Norway.