Lots of things to talk about today so we’ll just dive right in with the news.

Sammy Sosa’s Bat Sells…but not really – I mentioned this story a few weeks ago. Mike Remlinger put the bat Sammy was busted for corking back in the day up for auction. I asked the question of whether or not the price would exceed $10,000. The auction ended and the final price was $14,407. Sold…right? Wrong!! Apparently Remlinger had a reserve price of $15,000 that had to be met. Now it’s his choice whether or not to give the bat for the $14K to the winning bidder or try to sell it privately. My input? Who cares. Just take the money it brought and be done with it.

Josh Vitters and Chris Carpenter are All Stars – The third baseman and starting pitcher were voted to represent the Cubs in the Arizona Fall League all star game. The game was played on Saturday.

Brett Jackson is done for the season – The fall season, to be more specific. The hot prospect for the Cubs has been shelved due to a bacterial infection in his shin. According to the report “Jackson had to be hospitalized in Mesa, Ariz., because of cellulitis with an abscess in his shin, which is similar to a staph infection.”

Minor League Transactions – Robinson Chirinos has been added to the 40 man roster. Jeff Gray and James Adduci have been removed from the 40 man roster. Angel Guzman has cleared waivers and has been re-signed to a minor league deal as he rehabs. He’ll be given an invite to spring training. Brad Snyder has been waived, making him a free agent. Finally, eight other players have elected to exercise their right under rule 55 to become minor league free agents: Mitch Atkins, Russ Canzler, Jason Dubois, Jeff Gray, Bryan LaHair, Scott McLain, Mario Mercedes, and Mark Reed. You might remember that we talked about Canzler and LaHair a week or so ago.

Jon Miller and Joe Morgan Are No More – A lot of people can’t stand these two as the Sunday night announcing crew for ESPN. Personally, I’m a Jon Miller guy and can deal with Morgan to a point if he means I can listen to Miller call the game. I’m curious to see if Dan Shulman will take the spot as the lead guy next year. I like him as well, so I’d be fine with that.

The Fruit of Shawon Dunston’s Loins Plays Baseball – In case you were wondering what that might look like, here is a scouting video from Baseball Beginnings.

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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