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...
Via Obstructed View
13 days ago  |  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...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cubs have fired their team psychologist

The Cubs will of course have a new manager for the upcoming season (Rick Renteria), and they'll also avail themselves of the services of a new psychologist. That's because the team shrink, Marc Strickland, has been fired. As Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes, the Cubs' previous GM, Jim Hendry, had wanted to can Strickland, but ownership wanted him around. Current...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 16, 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

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 a much less interesting place in 2013...
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January 01, 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...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

World Series Preview Thoughts

The Boston Red Sox just won the American League pennant, defeating the Detroit Tigers, and will host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.  I don’t even remember the last time the two best teams in baseball faced each other in the Fall Classic, but I’m sure someone can Google it.  It rarely happens due to the inherent randomness of baseball, and not knowing when a team is just...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Cubs Prospects in Review: Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn is a 6-2, 185 pound righty who was drafted at the tail-end of the 1st round in 2012. He was Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's third pick since they took over for Jim Hendry. He was rated 57th entering the draft and was picked 56th overall. He signed for $911,700 and began his career shortly after in the Arizona League. Performance He threw only 20.2 innings last season...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 2011 draft re-assessment: another Shawon Dunston coming?

Yesterday we featured the most celebrated members of the Chicago Cubs’ 2011 draft class, first round selection Javier Baez and second round pick Dan Vogelbach.  Today we briefly profile six of the other twelve members of the final draft overseen by former Cubs’ general Jim Hendry who, we believe, have been productive enough since joining the organization to conjure hope...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 2011 draft review: Javier Baez, Dan Vogelbach

Around the two year anniversary of former Chicago Cubs’ general manager Jim Hendry’s firing on August 19, 2011, we will write a brief retrospective on his tenure with the Cubs and his continued imprint on the organization.  As we will document, while Hendry made some solid free agent signings and masterful trades, his overall drafting record and performance as a trade-deadline...
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August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

My Life As A Cubs Fan

I was born in December 1965 at Skokie Valley Hospital and raised primarily in the suburbs of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg. My father, of course, was a Cubs fan and of course I grew up a Cubs fan as well. I do not remember too much from my youngest days; however, I do remember that my dad took me to see my first game at Wrigley Field in 1972. I do not remember how we drove into...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Total Market Freedom

The other day I was thinking about the Cubs’ financial situation and how much of an advantage they would actually have over most of the other MLB clubs given the new CBA environment.  I don’t think the Cubs are Oprah-rich (or Yankees-rich, anyway) but they’re not Royals/Rays/A’s po, and they’re certainly not Jeffrey Loria evil either.  There should be a way to exploit...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Flying Cubs

The Cubs are not a good offensive team, and that is one of many challenges facing the current regime. The focus, rightfully so, has been on the approach of the Cubs at the plate. The Cubs have been a free swinging ball club under Jim Hendry’s watch, and fixing the low OBP of the team for the majority of the past decade, 2008 a notable exception, would go a long way to changing...
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April 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Profile: Ben Wells

After we started doing the minor league recaps, I quickly noticed that Ben Wells was absent from the list. He's certainly not the best pitching prospect the Cubs have, but he might be the one who is closest to making an impact at the big league level. I'm planning to write at least one of these profiles per week. Early on at least, they will be about prospects that Dave and...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

How the Cubs Have Been Stupid. Part Two.

Welcome back to another addition of how the Chicago Cubs have been stupid. I know that there are many ways that the typical Cub fans believes the Cubs are stupid, but you may be disappointed as this blog is not about what you think. This blog will not be about trading away various players, or signing others. If you read my last blog on this subject, you would get the idea of what...
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March 15, 2013  |  Discuss


On the eve of one of the days we have been waiting for all winter, pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, I feel like it is the eve of Christmas Eve.  I can say with 99.9999% belief that this team will NOT win the World Series (come on, I’m a Cub fan, there’s still that glimmer of hope).  But I would like to share one thing I have learned over the past few years...
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February 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Marlins grew to love Mike Redmond

Jim Hendry was under strict orders. This was in August 1992, nearly 10 years before Hendry became general manager of the Chicago Cubs. Hendry, who had left his job coaching at Creighton University to join the Florida Marlins, an expansion team, was in Wichita, Kan., scouting amateurs at the National Baseball Congress World Series. "You've got $10,000 for the week,"...
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February 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Redmond proves $15K can go long way

Jim Hendry was under strict orders. This was in August 1992, nearly 10 years before Hendry became general manager of the Chicago Cubs. Hendry, who had left his job coaching at Creighton University to join the Florida Marlins, an expansion team, was in Wichita, Kan., scouting amateurs at the National Baseball Congress World Series. "You've got $10,000 for the week,"...
Via Fox Sports
February 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Colin Kaepernick picked pro football over pitching

Chicago Cubs scout Sam Hughes watches Colin Kaepernick nowadays and still wonders what the strong-armed NFL quarterback might look like on a pitching mound, as a power arm in the pros. It's hard not to, seeing the zip and accuracy on each throw, the competitive fire and focus. The Cubs never even watched Kaepernick throw a baseball before drafting him in the 43rd round almost...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

The Untouchables

Every year, one of my favorite parts of the Hot Stove season is watching the reports roll out on various "untouchable" players. Whether these are reports from industry sources, or even the GMs themselves, it's always entertaining to hear about how highly a team values one of their own players, especially when that kind of reasoning is patently ridiculous.  In 2011...
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December 05, 2012  |  Discuss

10 years ago today

10 years ago today the Cubs traded Todd Hundley and Chad Hermanson to the Dodgers for Mark Grudzielanek and Eric Karros. It was not only the best trade that new GM Jim Hendry made in his tenure as GM, but one of the best trades the Cubs made in franchise history. Chris Jaffe writes about [...]
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December 04, 2012  |  Discuss

On Steroids, PEDs and Baseball

Combined between the original posts on Anno’s WSD MLBlog and this new blog, this is the 600th article posted on World Series Dreaming and as luck would have it, we’re going to be talking about performance enhancing drugs.  Anno already blogged about today’s release of the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot.  I’m generally in agreement, since I consider the entire era to be tainted...
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November 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Theo, Jim Hendry, and Context

At some point in the midst of a comment thread on one of Brett’s Bleacher Nation articles, someone posted an article from a UMass student journalist about how Theo Epstein was overrated as a general manager.  I shared this article with the folks at Obstructed View, where webmaster mb21 lamented that Theo’s mistakes should be addressed more fairly.  Below is my attempt to do...
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November 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Giving Thanks

We gripe and gripe about everything all year, including the Cubs and how incredibly crappy they are, but this time is for the giving of thanks and being thankful for what we have.  There’s the usual suspects, i.e. health, family, friends, a roof over our heads.  There’s other things too, like our favorite sports teams and icons that keep us entertained.  And then there’s...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss
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