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Cubs Biggest Fucking Move of Fucking Offseason is a Stupid Fucking Mascot

Fuck the Cubs. Fuck Crane Kenney. Fuck whichever of Crane Kenney's dipshit fucking minions came up with Clark the fucking bear. This is fucking embarassing. Like it's not bad enough to be stuck being a fan of a horseshit team thats own ass-backwards mismanagement forced it to be the only fucking baseball team that regularly played in […]

Are the Cubs 29th of 30?

The topic du jour in the Cubs Blogosphere is the Passan "hit" piece on the Cubs. To whit: Brett's take: Let’s be clear on some things: no one could, or should, argue that it isn’t deeply disappointing that the Cubs are where they are right now, in terms of big league competitiveness. We’re five years […]

Our Ballots for the OV HOF Vote Explained

We held our own balloting a few weeks ago where we pretended that we were the BBWAA and were allowed to vote for the Hall of Fame.  We elected Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, and Mike Piazza (the rest of the results can be found here). Originally we planned to also publish and explain our […]

On Sammy Sosa and the Hall Of Fame

I stopped giving a damn about the Hall of Fame years ago, save for one player. I wanted Ron Santo in the Hall Of Fame because I thought he deserved it, but also because I loved Ronnie so much and he wanted it so badly. I'm glad they finally called his name, despite the fact […]

Ken Gurnick: Professional Asshole

I'm not going to link it, because that would be giving him publicity he doesn't deserve. Instead, I'll just copy and paste Gurnick's "reasoning" behind his HOF ballot. KEN GURNICK, Dodgers beat reporter Morris Morris has flaws — a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace […]

Obstructed View's Self-Indulgent Retrospective of Our Own Posts From 2013

There wasn't much memorable about the 2013 Cubs, but we tried to keep things interesting and entertaining around here at Obstructed View.  We saw more contributions from non-founding authors like Sitrick, GW and Myles while myself, Dmick, Berselius and And Counting had various reasons to step back a bit. Without them, OV would have been […]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vs. MLB Hall of Fame

This will be short because I'm mostly interested in your thoughts. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does not keep drug users out of the Hall. It doesn't really care one way or the other. Drug use and music have gone together for longer than than I've been alive (39 years today). The best […]

Javier Baez Not the Only Baez Cubs Fans Should Root For

Cubs fans have been rooting for Javier Baez since he was drafted with the Cubs' first pick in the 2011 draft, but Carrie Muskat posted a piece today that sheds light on another member of the Baez family that we should all root for, Javier's sister, Noely. "[Christmas] is very, very special," said Baez, the […]

OV Hall of Fame Voting Results – Class of 2014

The votes have been cast and if OV was in charge of the Hall of Fame, there would be four (FOUR!) new inductees this summer. Congratulations, Greg Maddux (98.8% of the vote), Frank Thomas (79.8%), Tom Glavine (78.6%), and Mike Piazza (75.0%)! Voting Results Some quick notes: Last year, we elected Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, […]

Patrick Newman and The Japan Times on NPB posting fees

The Japan Times published an article yesterday about how the new posting system agreement puts Rakuten (Masahiro Tanaka's team) in an unfavorable position.  The Eagles were widely expected to post Tanaka this offseason, but the newly agreed upon system, complete with a $20 million cap on posting fees, seems to have the team rethinking things. […]

Rakuten President won't post Masahiro Tanaka?

Following the announced agreement that the maximum bid for a posted Japanase player would be $20 million, it made it less likely that Masahiro Tanaka would be posted. According to this, the team president has said he will not be posted (h/t to RC). Rakuten was the lone NPB team to vote against the agreement and were […]

Winter Meetings Roundup

The annual Winter Meetings took place this week and we had you covered here on Obstructed View we were lazy bastards and kept you uninformed. I'd apologize for this. It is the first of the meetings that I have not covered thoroughly in 10 years. I'm just tired of apologizing so let's just get to it. […]

The Case for 7/$140 on Choo

Let me preface this article with the admission that I'm really not sure I still believe Shin-Soo Choo is worth 20 AAV for 7 years. Perhaps that's just the market, but it's a lot of money (and would be the first contract exceeding 100 MM for a player never even voted in an ASG). However, […]

The Cubs Wanted My Opinion… So I Gave It

The Cubs sent me a survey about their recent Season Ticket Holder event they held about a month ago. You may remember it from such posts as this one. They wanted to know how well they were perceived and if it had helped to persuade me to renew my season tickets. Most of it was grading various […]

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