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 […]

The Babe Ruth Lineal Champion

I was bored today, so I invented something: the Lineal Championship. It's easy; take a player that led his team in WAR for any year, and follow that player every year until he DOESN'T lead the team in WAR anymore (a caveat: only positional players. You could do something similar for pitchers, or include them […]

Relegation in Baseball

If we're talking about ways to shake up baseball, I've got a pretty off-the-wall idea. It's adding relegation (or tiered leagues) to baseball. Here's one way it could work.  Take the 15 teams in each league and put them in one mega-division. Then, organize them by record and make 3 new 5-team leagues.  From 2011 […]

The Cubs’ 40 Man Roster

This is the Cubs’ 40-man roster. Links to individual player posts (when available) are included. The Cubs’ Player Page is used if I don’t have a Better Know a Cub post up yet. Last Updated: December 16, 2012 Pitchers # Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB Scott Baker R-R 6’4″ 215 Sep 19, 1981 28 Michael […]

I Miss Schultz Already

Warning: This post barely mentions the Cubs and even then only in a tangential manner. It will also contain what I can only assume will be a nauseating amount of sentimental nonsense. Please feel free to skip straight to the comments and post inappropriate GIFs, hilarious Alvin photoshops, or even some baseball stuff. In fact, […]

Post Deadline Open Thread

We all want to thank you for helping make the last week to 10 days the busiest we've had yet. We've had a few days in that span that are among our 5 busiest. We passed our busiest day awhile ago today and there's really not even another day that's been close to as busy […]

A few things that don’t make sense

Carl Crawford and a prospect to the Marlins for Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell is something that Bob NIghtengale is suggesting is in the works that doesn't make the least bit of sense. Carl Crawford, a truckload of money and all the Red Sox prospects for Hanley Ramirez makes sense, but other than that this […]

OV Contest mid-season update

At the beginning of the season we started an over/under contest that would take wouldn't reveal a winner until the end of the season.  People chose whether a player would end the season over or under his projections. Under was a bit confusing for pitchers and I made that clear in the post. If you […]

Our Dreamhost Review (they suck!)

A few months ago we noticed during our busiest times the site would slow down considerably resulting in the occasional error. It became clear that our VPS (virtual private server) would no longer suffice. We were in need of a dedicated server, but we're not generating all that much money in ad revenue so the […]

Site may be offline this weekend

We just wanted to let you know that we are changing hosts as Dreamhost has been one fail after another since we joined. We'll be making the move this weekend so I wanted to let you know that you'll probably encounter some weirdness. It takes 1 to 48 hours for new domain nameservers to propagate. […]

An Obstructed View Contest: Enter Now And Win Big

Over the course of the offseason we've published the various projections for players and have been calculating an average with them. One thing we like to talk about is whether or not a player is going to beat his projections, or underperform them. Over the course of the season we tend to say we thought […]

This is a year

A year ago today we joined together to start Obstructed View. We could write about our individual thoughts over the last year, but a blog is a community. We've published over 730 articles and there have been more than 85,000 comments left on them. Your participation makes this much more enjoyable for us. So thanks […]

Obstructed View on WordPress

We're now using WordPress as our blogging platform. The comments component we used on Joomla had not been updated even though multiple new versions of Joomla had been released. The service for it had become close to non-existent so it was time to move on. This site has an active community and we enjoyed having […]

Thank You

I spent about 30 minutes writing something that said the only thing I wanted to say: thank you. No reason to spend that much time so I deleted it. Maybe this would have been better published on Thanksgiving, but I’ve never been timely. Thanks for reading this site. Thanks for commenting on this site. Thanks […]

Chicago Media Mourns Bears Loss By Mocking Steve Bartman For Some Reason

How can you tell the difference between our local mainstream media writers and meatball sports radio callers? That’s not the start of a joke, I’m seriously asking. Obviously, those of us who are even dimly aware of the NFL probably know by now that Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos overcame incredible odds and adversity […]

Wanna help on a Big Ten Blog?

wv23 who unfortunately shut down my favorite Cubs blog on the internet quite awhile back is running a Big Ten blog with another guy. I’ll quote wv23. hey all – mb21 has graciously offered to provide some Iowa coverage at our new Big Ten site, when he can. Thanks, mb. That said, we are in […]

More Thoughts on the PSU Sex Scandal

Last night I was thinking about the PSU Child Rape Scandal. One of these days I’ll stop thinking about it, but I don’t know when that will be. One of the things that has stood out to me in this case is that there are multiple people who made mistakes and/or were involved in a […]

Penn State Sex Scandal

Figured since people are interested in discussing it that we may as well have a thread on Unobstructed Views about it so we don’t litter all the others with talk about old men raping children.