Obstructed View Podcast Episode 1

After much emailing and only one failed attempt, we now have a blog podcast! Sitrick, Myles, and I discuss things such as Kris Bryant How tired we are about talking about Kris Bryant The fifth starter spot Players flying under the radar Players flying over the radar Too Many Shortstops Pokemon There were a few […]

The Cubs #5 starter battle dissected

When the Cubs opened camp this Spring Training, one of the only real battles for a roster space figuring to take place was at the back-end of the rotation. 1 through 3 was definitely set (Lester, Arrieta, Hammel), and the 4th starter was almost certainly going to be Kyle Hendricks (though Muskat and others whispered […]

3-16-15 Liveblog (Cubs vs. Dads)

I’m watching the game and took the day off. I’m going to blog my random thoughts. First, the lineup: Al Contra 3B (interestingly) Coghlan LF  (looking behind his shoulder at Bryant/Lake) Castro SS Soler RF Bryant DH (nursing shoulder soreness) Sweeney CF (battling for a suddenly crowded outfield) Castillo C (auditioning for the Padres) \O/ […]

OV Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.12.15

Tweets of the day   Didn’t think I could care about anything less than hearing about fantasy baseball teams, but then Will Ferrell started playing in ST games. — Cee Angi (@CeeAngi)

Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.11.15

Back to Back to Back Your browser does not support iframes. Brett cooked up some odds on this happening Even if we generously say each of the three would normally homer in 1 out of 15 plate appearances (that’s a 40-homer pace in 600 plate appearances), the odds that the three would go back-to-back-to-back is 1 […]

Spring training pics

Fun in the sun from the last 2.5 days Cool stuff outside the park. The park in general was quite nice, and I can confirm that the toilets flushed extremely properly. Baseball is coming. Arrieta and Bosio, warming up before the game. Arrieta warming up with long toss. The Cubs take the field. Solid ballpark […]

Cubs Blogger Loses His Sandwich and Mind Over Cubs Latest Dick Move

The Cubs have finally pushed Alvin beyond the brink of what he can accept. He can accept years and years and years of a sucky team with no real plan in place to ever change that. He can accept that his seat 400 feet away from home plate now costs as much or more than […]

Game(s) thread – first day of Spring Training

Today’s lineups! At Giants (radio via Giants on mlb.com) La Stella, 2B Denorfia, LF Alcantara, CF Soler, RF Castillo, C Bryant, 3B Schwarber, DH Valaika, 1B Russell, SS Turner, P Vs A’s (Len and Mick on mlb.com) Fowler, CF Rizzo, 1B Castro, SS Montero, C Baez, 2B Coghlan, LF Olt, 3B Sweeney, DH Lake, RF […]

Previewing the NL Central via the BP Annual

Being more or less snowed in over the weekend provided plenty of time to leaf through this year’s BP annual. I was originally just going to rant about the Cardinals chapter, but figured I’d go ahead and do the whole division. Chicago Cubs Sahadev’s essay was excellent but not really news to those of us […]

Daily-ish Facepalm 2.26.15 – Rizzo’s stance, Coach Manny

Is Rizzo’s offensive surge for real? Sahadev takes a long look at Rizzo’s hitting mechanics during his breakout 2014 season vs his relatively disappointing 2013 over at BP. It’s behind the paywall*, but here are some highlights. Some of these are not super surprising for those of us who watched way too much Cubs baseball […]

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“Daily” Facepalm – Moncada, Epstein, Wood Extension?

Yoan Moncada ——-> Red Sox The Cuban defector goes to the Sox on a $30m deal. The Cubs continued to scout him despite being under the CBA signing limit penalty, hoping for the slim chance that he’d sign after July when their probation ends. The Red Sox burned their own signing bridges with the deal […]

Ten Changes Rob Manfred, the MLB Players Union and Owners Should Enact Ten Years Ago

http://gty.im/52444340 It’s been almost a month since Rob Manfred discussed the possible, out-there, well-maybe-I-would-do-this-if-I-got-really-drunk-at-a-party changes with Karl Ravech. (Don’t worry, the “Ten Changes AndCounting Should Make to His Posting Habits” post is in the works including #6: “Consider posting every four years rather than annually or just whenever a new president is sworn into office […]

2015 Cubs Baseball is Coming

Pitchers and catchers report for the Cubs in three days. Based on tweets from Carrie Muskat, it looks like quite a few players are already in Mesa: Need a shot of spring? Lester, Wood, Motte, Arrieta doing drills.

Know Thy Enemy: 2015 Cardinals

This is the first in a 5-part series that will look at each of the Cubs’ divisional rivals this season. I’m going to start from the top and work my way down, so we can end on some happier notes. Today, we look at the Cardinals, who were the class of this division and appear […]

Simple Rating System for BP Top 101

The BP 101 just dropped. For some reason, WordPress isn’t allowing me to link that, so go here to see it. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=25538 It’s free, so there are no worries about proprietary business.  I made a simple ranking system for the prospects and organized each team by how many points they had. My system is as […]

OV Fantasy Baseball 2015 discussion

Fantasy Baseball was what turned me from a casual baseball fan into the fan I am today (with some help from Sammy Sosa), but I lost interest in it 5-6 years ago. Daily lineups, the long season, and relatively large rosters (compared to FFL) led to way more micromanaging than I had time for, and the […]

Cubs offseason additions pushing up Opening Day prices

If there is one team more than any other in Major League Baseball this year that is on the verge of breaking out and storming up the ranks, it just might be the Chicago Cubs, who orchestrated a plethora of moves this offseason that have them thinking about big things in 2015. And that’s saying […]

What happened to James Shields?

No free agent pitcher has ever signed a contract greater than $50 million dollars after January 31st. Today is February 1st. I have to imagine that trend is going to break for James Shields…but I’m not sure. Shields was the consensus 3rd option in a pretty good free agent class for pitching. Lester quickly went […]

Welcome, Commissioner! Let’s talk.

Hello, Rob! Congratulations on replacing the Witch-King of Angmar as the commish of the MLB. The Thousand-Year Reign is now over, and Mr. Manfred will indelibly try to leave his mark on baseball as soon as possible. He’s given some thoughts as to what he might do (and what he might not do). I’m sure […]

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