Chris Bosio has accepted Dale Sveum’s offer to become the Cubs’ next pitching coach, replacing Mark Riggins. – Does it make you nervous that since losing Larry Rothschild, considered by many as one of the best in the game, we employ two straight limited experience guys to handle the staff? Last year it was clear that Mark Riggins brought very little to the table aside from the awesome mustache. People had mixed feelings on Rothschild, but I just didn’t feel the same way about the staff once he left. I’m gonna give Bosio a chance, but if it were up to me, I would have touched base with Dave Duncan to see if he would have been open to coming over now that LaRussa is gone.

Soriano can go, but ONLY if you’re willing to pay half price. – Gordon Wittenmeyer posted “Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer.” I don’t think that will do it. The Cubs are going to have to eat more than that if they want anything of value in return. I’d love to see them be willing to eat the full contract, but get a decent prospect in return.

How does a 36 year old Japanese man sound for the rotation? – If you like the ring that has, then may I introduce you to Hiroki Kuroda. Theo has expressed interest in the free agent starter as we head into the winter meetings. Kuroda registered an impresive 3.07 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 32 starts in 2011 for Los Angeles, striking out 161 batters and issuing only 49 walks over 202 total innings.

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  • Jim Riggleman has accepted a position to manage the Reds AA affiliate, Pensacola – (Source)
  • The Marlins have offered over $110 million to Jose Reyes – (Source)
  • Tiger Woods won his first tournament in over two years.
  • Sources are reporting that Manny Ramirez is in the process of filing papers to return to MLB after serving his 50 game suspension.


Now that Mrs VFTB and I have three kids, perhaps I should give this guy a call:


I have an embarrassing secret to admit to. This song scares the crap out of me. I have this wicked fear of Godzilla. I remember having a viewmaster when I was a kid and one of the slides I had was a Godzilla one. There was a particular scene on it that showed a monstrously large Godzilla picking up a ship that looked so small in his hand. That scared the crap out of me and forever scarred my ability to think about Godzilla. I love this song, but the Godzilla screams still make me cringe.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. 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 and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail