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2016 Cubs Spring Training Countdown: Day 4

There haven't been a lot of impressive Cubs to wear No. 4.

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Because of "The System" of numbering players created by Cubs clubhouse manager Yosh Kawano in 1960, No. 4 has not been worn by many Cubs players. Just one player -- Vic Harris (1974-75) -- wore it in the "Yosh Era," which ran, with some exceptions, until the early 1990s.

Glenallen Hill broke that mold in 1994; before that, aside from Harris, the last player to wear No. 4 before Hill was Billy Williams, who wore it on his first callup to the big leagues in 1959.

Imagine that. If not for Yosh's system, No. 4 might be flying from a flagpole at Wrigley Field instead of No. 26.

Given the lack of star players wearing this number, and that it's currently worn by bench coach Dave Martinez, who, like some of his fellow coaches, rarely wears the jersey and so there aren't any photos of him in it, I picked Doug Glanville for today's countdown article.

Glanville had two stints with the Cubs. He was the team's No. 1 pick (12th overall) in 1991.

The next player chosen in that first round was Manny Ramirez. I'm guessing the Cubs misfired on that one.

Anyway, Glanville had a decent rookie year (2.0 bWAR) in 1997, though he was already 26 years old. That got him traded to the Phillies for Mickey Morandini. I suppose you could say that was a useful deal, because Morandini posted a 3.8 bWAR year for the Cubs in 1998 and was a key part of that year's wild-card team.

Glanville, meanwhile, meandered on to Texas and eventually back to the Cubs in 2003. He wore uniform No. 1 in his first stint on the North Side, but that was taken by Kenny Lofton when Glanville returned, so No. 4 it was.

The photo you see with this post is Glanville's most important hit that year -- a triple which drove in the winning run in the 11th inning of Game 4 of the NLCS. It was his only postseason hit and his last as a Cub.

He's gone on to become an excellent writer about baseball, often in the New York Times, and a commentator on ESPN. I wish ESPN would use him more often, as his intelligent commentary is usually a breath of fresh air on the Worldwide Leader.