Joe Maddon hasn’t accomplished anything yet

Let me start this off with a riddle: What do Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella, and Dusty Baker have in common? Stay tuned for the answer. Dusty Baker came to Chicago in 2003 with much fanfare after taking the San Francisco Giants to the World Series in 2002. Baker brought new-found hope to the city of Chicago and Cubs fans after a 95-loss season. In his initial press conference, he uttered...
Via The Sports Post
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Helping Out Fellow Scouts High On Gary Hughes’ List

He has scouted in B.C., Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa and Trois-Rivieres, Que. He has looked at potential major-leaguers in Korea, Japan, Latin America and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He has assessed prospects in 49 of the 50 member United States and figures he’s going to try and make it to North Dakota next year to complete the 50th state in what will be his 50th year in professional...
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November 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Cubs GM could sway Yankees to sign Samardzija

According to a report, the New York Yankees could be the biggest player for free agent starter Jeff Samardzija this offseason.Samardzija, who was 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA with the Chicago White Sox in 2015, pitched the first seven seasons of his career with the Chicago Cubs, the team he was drafted by in 2006.The general manager for the Cubs in 2006 was Jim Hendry. He was able to pry...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Matt Garza trade officially a lost cause

It took over four years, but the Chicago Cubs officially lost the infamous Chris Archer trade. In January of 2011, former Cubs’ General Manager Jim Hendry made a trade that would lead to his eventual dishonorable discharge from the organization. In an act that screamed desperation to save his job, Hendry acquired SP Matt Garza, OF Fernando Perez, and RP Zach Rosscup from the...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

REPORT: Chicago Cubs Ready To Trade 2 Top Prospects

A report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Chicago Cubs are willing to trade two of their top prospects. A recent story was written about Cubs’ GM Jed Hoyer saying that a trade with the New York Mets would happen eventually and now we at least know two names that may be on the table. Heyman says Javier Baez and Dan Vogelbach are on the table for teams looking to trade for...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Obstructed View Podcast Episode 2

In this episode, Sitrick, Myles, and I discuss More college basketball than we intended Wrigley Renovation ‘news’ The likely 25 man roster Guesses at the opening day lineup Kris Bryant and the CBA – a moral issue? Our favorite Cubs of the Jim Hendry era Innings pitched by the fifth starters How everything could go horribly wrong http://obstructedview.net/wp-content/uploads...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

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) March 12, 2015 @STAnteater @SeanMcAuliff @GilGunderson1 pic.twitter.com/LfJwkacBDg — Mercurial Outfielder (@MOutfielder) March 12, 2015 Kris Bryant is a tall dude Eno Sarris with an...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: the rebirth of a winning pitching staff

The Chicago Cubs starting rotation has undergone a metamorphosis of sorts within the last few years thanks to the tireless efforts of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Together, this dynamic duo has completely remodeled a staff that began as a near immovable mess when they first inherited it. But just how did the Cubs get into this position of having to undergo this necessary makeover...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Trade Jackson to Arizona, Brett Jackson That is

Late last night the Chicago Cubs traded former first round pick Brett Jackson to the Arizona DiamondBacks for Triple A pitcher, and 2014 AA All Star pitcher Blake Cooper. Jackson was one of those big top prospects from the Jim Hendry era that never quite panned out. In his brief stop in the majors in 2012, Jackson fell flat on his face and never made his way back to the big leagues...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

What Could Have Been: Chris Archer and the Chicago Cubs

When Jim Hendry traded for Matt Garza in 2011, he did so thinking that the addition of a playoff-tested arm would be what finally got the Chicago Cubs past the NLDS, perhaps even to a World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, were simply doing what they did best. They were trading an ace pitcher at his maximum trade value, and building a constant flow of young talent for years...
Via Sports Mockery
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Prospects and Their Wrigley Debuts

In years past, rookies have enjoyed success on the road when debuting for the Cubs, but when it comes time to step in the box at The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, they have not fared well. Is it the pressure brought upon them when they are in front of their home crowd? Rookies in the Cubs system should not be scared of playing at Wrigley Field because wherever they play, there...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Prospects Giving Fans a Reason to Believe

We all know that the Chicago Cubs farm system is the best in baseball according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Rosenbaum. We also are fully aware that once a rookie is called up, he must adjust to the way the game is played at the Major League level. The Cubs have been building their farm system since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were brought in to run the organization, and with the latest...
Via Sports Mockery
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Better Know A Cub: Javier Baez

Pedigree Ednel Javier Baez was the last 1st round pick of the Jim Hendry regime, taken right after Francisco Lindor and right before Cory Spangenberg (if I remember correctly, the Padres (Hoyer) had Baez on their Big Board put he was popped right before). Drafted from relatively anonymous Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Florida (he’ll be the first draftee from their...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The March to the Top Begins Today

In a few years, when the Chicago Cubs win the World Series (yes, I said when), we will look back to today as the day when things finally started coming together. Today is the day that the Cubs took that first step towards once again contending not only for a division crown, but for the whole enchilada. Today, Javier Baez joins staples of the Cubs lineup Starlin Castro and Anthony...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Cubs (40-54) at Diamondbacks (40-56)

It’s nice to have a competent front office. Sure, the team is really bad, but I don’t ever really worry about the little things, like our GM so offending a draftee that his agent won’t even return the team’s calls on signing deadline day. I never thought that Jim Hendry was a terrible GM, but were he in charge right now, I would be terrified that someone was about to get...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Fired! Odd Chicago Cubs Psychologist Thought He Was A Player

Chicago Cubs News – This off-season the Chicago Cubs fired team Psychologist Marc Strickland who was a Jim Hendry era holdover. It was former GM Hendry who actually wanted to fire him and it was new Cubs ownership that wanted to keep him around. There were problems with the Cubs players understanding his role, valuing his role and understanding his odd behaviors. Players Did Not...
Via Sports Mockery
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

When Will Epstein’s Time Here Run Out?

At the end of the 2011 season, Tom Ricketts and the Chicago Cubs hired Theo Epstein to be the new President of Baseball Operations. In addition to Epstein, the Cubs also hired Jed Hoyer to be the new General Manager. Their assignment was not an easy one, to help the Cubs win the World Series for the first time in over 100 years. This would not be an easy task, as several men have...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Three most overpaid Chicago Cubs in the Jim Hendry era

Now that the Jim Hendry era is over, we can now assess that he overpaid for many players. The Chicago Cubs had one of the highest payrolls in baseball, yet failed to win. Jim Hendry spent a lot of money on a few players in particular that didn’t play at the level of their monster contracts. It was after they signed their big contracts that they began to start declining. With...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Anatomy of a Franchise

There were times in the early days of the Ricketts family ownership where fans (myself included) might have thought that they didn’t know what they were doing.  Maybe that is still true to an extent today.  The Cubs had a small front office, possibly the smallest in the majors.  They had a general manager who was a good scout but a poor evaluator of future talent, if that made...
Via World Series Dreaming
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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