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OSS: Twin Towers Topple Tons of Tiny Traducer Taters Three Five Up 1. Junior Lake wanted more playing time. After a conservatively-estimated 800-foot blast onto whatever street comes after Waveland, he just might get it. Sure, he didn’t have the most totally productive day, but if you hit a ball as far as Lake did, it’s easy to be wooed. 2. Anthony Rizzo dumped 2 doubles and...
Via Obstructed View
5 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Roster Moves I Actually Made

Fantasy leagues are a lot like dreams. Let me explain… Your own fantasy team is probably one the most interesting things (to you), very much the same way your dreams are. However, just like dreams, as soon as you try and tell someone else all about it they never seem to care! and it usually isn’t long before your dream stops making any sense at all. Meanwhile, the person you...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #3

On the last game of the Cactus League slate prior to two exhibition games at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago Cubs eked out a victory over the Chicago White Sox in the 2014 farewell to new Cubs Park in Mesa.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen an umpire induce an out before today: Nice to see Justin Ruggiano play some defense and shrug it off like it was...
Via World Series Dreaming
19 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Gut Calls On Players Outside Our Top 200

A few weeks ago during a discussion on one of our Profcasts, the always insightful Bryan Curley stated that sleepers no longer exist. Not to put words in his mouth or thoughts in his mind, but I gather that his reasoning has something to do with the wealth of data available to literally anyone who wants to analyze it and the ease with which information (e.g., conclusions from said...
Via Baseball Professor
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Ruggiano: A Diamond in the Rough for the Chicago Cubs

Justin Ruggiano: A Diamond in the Rough for the Chicago CubsIt’s been a very good start to Justin Ruggiano and his relationship with the Chicago Cubs. Ruggiano is currently batting .583 in 12 at-bats, which isn’t that bad for only 5 games. Ruggiano also fills a hole in the outfield with the absence of outfielders Julio Bourbon and Brian Bogusevic (who was traded for Ruggiano...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Preview: Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have obviously been as frustrating a team as there is in Major League Baseball over the past 100+ years, and there are no guarantees that the 2014 season is going to be any better. They made some small additions, but no one to excite the fanbase, as they wait for their top prospects to break into the big leagues. Keeping in mind those additions that they made, don...
Via The Outside Corner
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Streaking Cubs outlast Brewers split squad

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Justin Ruggiano went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBI, raising his spring training batting average to .583 as the Chicago Cubs outlasted a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 10-8 Sunday. Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was 1 for 2 with a double, lifting his average to .636. Tyler Thornburg, who has an outside chance to win a spot in Milwaukee's rotation, gave...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Ding Long Dongers to Christen Cubs Park in Mesa

Justin Ruggiano, Welington Castillo, and Christian Villanueva blasted solo home runs, and Kyle Hendricks threw 2.2 IP of no-run/no-hit ball, in a six-inning Cubs Cactus League Intrasquad game played this afternoonn in what was the first Cubs game played at Cubs Park in Mesa. Tags: Cubs Spring TrainingKyle Hendricksl Justin RuggianoWelington CastilloChristian VillanuevaMatt SzczurEric Jokisch
Via Cub Reporter
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Jan. 30 Cubs Recap—Hot Stove smoldering

The Cubs have agreed to terms with OF Justin Ruggiano and LHP Travis Wood, avoiding arbitration. They have also announced their non-roster spring training invitees and added a free agent first baseman.
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Justin Ruggiano To One-Year Deal

Avoiding arbitration, the Chicago Cubs sign Justin Ruggiano to a one-year contract, reported at $2 million. The deal meets directly in the middle of what both sides were asking. Ruggiano played for the Marlins last year. #Cubs and OF Justin Ruggiano have agreed to terms on a 2014 contract, thus avoiding salary arbitration. — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 29, 2014   Ruggiano slumped...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins outfielder Jake Marisnick to be prepared for Spring Training

At one point last season, the Miami Marlins were highly considering trading outfielder Justin Ruggiano to see what prospect Jake Marisnick can do both offensively and in center field. In 40 games with Miami, he batted .183 with five RBIs. Manager Mike Redmond ended Marisnick's season early after he had an apparent knee injury. The 22-year old prospect underwent surgery the day...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lets give thanks to the MLB.com hat photoshop guy

I went to Cubs.com just to see what the depth chart looks like.Maybe there would be new pics in there.Sure enough, there's Justin Ruggiano in center field complete with his new Cubs hat! So I googled imaged him (you can look at this same page here). See the official MLB portrait-looking photo of him with the white background?He's wearing a Miami Marlins hat.But if you click...
Via Cub Reporter
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Are These ******* Guys?

The Chicago Cubs off season of discontent goes on, leaving several fans with a feeling of less than excitement. Moves being made that leave some fans scratching their heads and wondering just what the Cubs are doing with their time and money and one simple question.. With free agent signings of Tommy Hottovy, Liam Hendriks, Ryan Roberts, Ryan Kalish and John Baker to minor league...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings Roundup

The annual Winter Meetings took place this week and we had you covered here on Obstructed View we were lazy bastards and kept you uninformed. I'd apologize for this. It is the first of the meetings that I have not covered thoroughly in 10 years. I'm just tired of apologizing so let's just get to it. The biggest news is that the Cubs traded Brian Bogusevic to the Marlins...
Via Obstructed View
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Busy Marlins still looking for upgrade at 3B

The thrifty Miami Marlins were nonetheless busy at this week's winter meetings, and they're not done trying to upgrade an offense that ranked a distant last in the majors. ''We've made tremendous strides in improving our offense and improving our ability to win more games in 2014,'' president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Friday. Miami signed...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Brian Bogusevic traded to Marlins, Ruggiano to the Cubs

Brian Bogusevic is going to Miami and Justin Ruggiano is heading to Chicago. Bogusevic played right field for the Cubs for 47 games at the end of last year, hitting .273 with 6 HR, 16 RBI and 18 runs. He was drafted 24th overall in the 2005 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros as a starting pitcher. He remained a pitcher in the Houston Astros organization until mid-2008 before converting...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs send OF Bogusevic to Marlins for OF Ruggiano

The Chicago Cubs obtained the right-handed outfield bat they needed, acquiring OF Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for lefty swinging OF Brian Bogusevic. The deal was announced at baseball's winter meetings Thursday. Ruggiano, who turns 32 in April, has played parts of five big league seasons with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011) and Miami (2012-13). He hit a career-high 18...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs send Bogusevic to Marlins for Ruggiano

The Chicago Cubs obtained the right-handed outfield bat they needed, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for lefty swinging Brian Bogusevic. The deal was announced at baseball's winter meetings Thursday. Ruggiano, who turns 32 in April, has played parts of five big league seasons with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011) and Miami (2012-13). He hit a career-high 18 homers...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

TRADE: Chicago Cubs exchange obscure guy for mediocre journeyman

The Chicago Cubs today acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for outfielder Brian Bogusevic. Ruggiano spent five major league seasons with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011) and Miami (2012-13), batting .251 (228-for-907) with 49 doubles, 37 home runs and 109 RBI in 317 games. In the last two seasons with Miami, the right-handed hitter has combined to record 41 doubles...
Via The Sports Bank
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Marlins Trade Justin Ruggiano to Cubs

The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano  in a trade with the Miami Marlins for outfielder Brian Bogusevic. In 2013 Ruggiano got regular playing time and hit .222/.298/.396 in 424 at-bats and hit 18 home runs, regressing significantly from his 2012 numbers when he hit .313/.374/.535 with 13 home runs in 288 at-bats. Over his career Ruggiano vs. LHP: .256/.328/.506...
Via Baseball News Source
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs pick up Justin Ruggiano from Marlins for Brian Bogusevic

In a deal already announced by the team on Twitter, the Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for outfielder Brian Bogusevic.Ruggiano's name had floated around over the past few days as an option for teams seeking additional outfield help. 2013 was a standout year for Ruggiano, who hit 18 home runs and drove in 50 RBIs for the Marlins...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Marlins send Justin Ruggiano to Cubs for Brian Bogusevic

On Thursday, the Cubs send outfielder Brian Bogusevic to the Marlins in exchange for outfielder Justin Ruggiano. The Cubs announced the move on Twitter. Bogusevic, 29, is a career .236/.313/.370 hitter (86 OPS+) with 17 home runs in 773 career plate appearances in the majors. He's capable of manning all three outfield positions, though he's a bit of a stretch in center.
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 MLB Anti-MVPs

Now that the World Series is over, everyone will be focusing on off season awards. The BBWAA will have theirs. The BBA will have theirs and I have already contributed to that effort. All of the focus will be on players that played wonderfully in 2013. But there should be an award for the worst players in the league. Every top statistic has to have a bottom. Every yin needs a yang...
Via The Flagrant Fan
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Eovaldi leads Phillies to 4-0 win

Nathan Eovaldi pitched into the eighth inning to help the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Monday night. Justin Ruggiano drew a bases loaded walk in the first inning and the Marlins scored three runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Donovan Solando and Ed Lucas and a sacrifice fly by Christian Yelich. Eovaldi (4-6) allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings. He struck...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Justin Ruggiano not enough as Marlins fall to Nationals

MIAMI (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg got past a shaky start and pitched six innings to earn his first victory in nearly a month as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Sunday. Strasburg (7-9) struck out seven and allowed four runs and four hits. He also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and had two balks. It was his first win since Aug. 11 against Philadelphia. Rafael...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

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