Happy Tuesday everyone. If you missed the best comments from last week, make sure you take a minute to check them out on GirlieView. On to the news.

  • Roster Moves – The Cubs added Robinson Chirinos to the 40 man roster, which increases the likelyhood that Koyie Hill will not be back as the backup catcher next year. I can’t see them carrying four catchers on the 40 man roster, so Hill is the likely odd man out. In addition, Jonathan Mota was re-signed and George Matheus was released.
  • Now Vitters is staying at third – According to Mark Gonzalez of the Tribune, Vitters has only been playing a little first base in Arizona only because they don’t have a surplus at the position on the team. Vitters is quotes as saying: “Third is my No. 1 position,” Vitters said. “I love playing there. If I can stay there, I definitely want to do that. I’m just trying to get as many ABs as I can, to make up for that lost time with the broken hand that I had. ” (Source)
  • I Had That One – If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I tweeted quite a prediction. I mentioned that we’d see the Rangers and the Giants in the World Series and that it would be a ratings nightmare. Guess what happened? and happened again?
  • We have a bench coach – And his name is not Ryne Sandberg. It’s former Iowa Cubs manager, Pat Listach. (Insert crickets chirping)
  • Play Catcher, Smoke Weed – Geo isn’t the only catcher in the system with a soft spot for a good doobie. The Cubs bullpen catcher, Corey Miller, was busted in Nebraska for possession. I’m gonna give him a pass. What else is there to do in Nebraska? (Source)

Images of the Week

Josh Hamiliton is welcomed to San Francisco

Ron Washington has a mini me

Name that Ballplayer

Each day this off-season we present to you three clues to help identify the mystery ballplayer. It’s your job to read one at a time and decide on a guess. Please vote in the poll on how many clues it took you to correctly identify the ballplayer in question. Good luck. We’ll start off very easy for a little while until people get the hang of things. All content for the game used from the book Name that Ballplayer by Wayne Stewart.

Clue # 1 – This Hall of Fame flamethrower of a pitcher was traded along with three other players from the Mets to the Angels in December of 1971, when he was just 24 years old, for Jim Fergosi (who would wind up with a .265 lifetime batting average) in one of the most lopsided trades ever engineered.

Clue # 2 – The first player to earn $1 million in a season, he packed fans into ballparks across the nation with his 100+ mph fastball; fans knew that the possibility of a no-hitter occurring and/or a strikeout record tumbling were palpable every time he took the hill.

Clue # 3 – This ageless wonder broke Sandy Kofax’s single season record when he whiffed 383 batters in 1973, one of 11 times he led his league in K’s. In fact, he was still fanning 200 to 300 hitters when he was as old as 44.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail