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 2013 TV Non-Awards, Part 2: The Desolation of Smaug

SPOILERS Veep berselius: I enjoyed the show in its first season, but it somehow found an even higher gear in its second season as it sanded off its few rough edges. Gary is pretty much never not hilarious, and the way everyone despises Jonah is made even more hilarious by just how despicable he really […]

John Sickels' Top 40 Prospects, by position

John Sickels whittled his Cubs prospect list from 49 to 40. Here's the list, not sorted alphabetically or via actual ranking, but just by what position they play. First Base Rock Shoulders Daniel Vogelbach Second Base Arismendy Alcantara Gioskar Amaya Logan Watkins Shortstops Javier Baez Gleyber Torres Third Base Kris Bryant Jeimer Candelario Mike Olt […]

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 […]

Obstructed View 2013 TV Non-Awards, Part 1: An Unexpected Journey

A few of us from OV got together at the main offices and talked tv. This part is light on spoilers (not many at all), but the second part, which we'll publish after New Year's, has a lot more as we discuss our favorite shows of the year. Best Episodes  dmick89: Ozymandias (Breaking Bad), Decoy […]

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 […]

Masahiro Tanaka posted, Cubs won't be outbid?

The Golden Eagles will post Masahiro Tanaka and David Kaplan says that one source told him the Cubs will not be outbid. I just spoke w/an MLB source who believes Cubs will not be outbid on Tanaka. He also said convincing Tanaka to come to Chgo will be hard. — David Kaplan (@thekapman)

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 […]

Why I Wouldn't Post Masahiro Tanaka

When the MLB strongarmed the NPB into this new posting system, we heard a lot of arguments as to why Tanaka would still be posted. 20 million dollars is a ton of money, even if it isn't the perhaps 75 million that the Golden Eagles were on track to get. However, as of late, the […]

Better Know a Cub: Jose Veras

As GW astutely pointed out, the 2014 Cubs are headhunting directly from the 2013 Astros bullpen. On the surface, that sounds terrible. In practice, the Cubs have poached the only two good members of that pen, for a collective $5 million and change. $4 million of that this year will go to Jose Veras, 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, […]

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