Middle East
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Hector Villanueva

Hector Villanueva: The portly catcher hit .324 with six home runs in his first 26 games during his rookie season in 1990, and for some reason Cubs announcer Harry Caray really loved saying "Hec-Tor Vil-la-nueva." He lasted three seasons with the Cubs and one more with the Cardinals before his career ended with a .230 average and 25 home runs.Tribune file photo