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Kris Bryant is good at sports

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89109 Comments

A little over 3 years ago the Cubs drafted Kris Bryant with the 2nd pick of the 2013 First Year Player Draft*.┬áHe was considered either the top prospect or close enough to the top that few teams, if any, would have passed on him given the chance to take him that high. It was somewhat surprising to see the Houston …

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OV Daily Facepalm

In Facepalm by berselius58 Comments

WBBM favorite to land Cubs radio broadcasts, WGN radio's slow march to doom continues WGN exercised an out clause in their deal last year in an attempt to renegotiate, since they're supposedly losing a ton of money on Cubs broadcasts. According to the Trib's Ed Sherman, WBBM is now viewed as the front-runner. It feels odd seeing the Tribune reporting on …

Mark Prior Retires

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius40 Comments

Mark Prior officially announced his retirement today at the winter meetings. Sadly, this was a move a long time coming. Prior threw his last big league pitch over seven years ago and has been trying to make it back ever since, but his body just couldn't hold up.  Despite everything that has happened since the 2003 season, Prior and Sosa have remained …

One of the Finest Days in Cubs History: September 27, 2003

In Commentary And Analysis by Obstructed View Staff99 Comments

Here we are, in a Cubs baseball season that was deposited into the septic tank of history approximately 150 days ago.  If you can name the Cubs current starting rotation, well, that’s just sad.  Get a life. The Cubs underperformed major-league caliber baseball again today, but let’s forget about that and find something else to think about. We could celebrate …

The transformation of Mark Prior

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I really hope Mark Prior's attempted comeback works. There's a really good article up on ESPN about him. So far, Prior has been stellar as a reliever for Triple-A Pawtucket, striking out 27 in 13 1/3 innings with a 4.05 ERA. But there's a six-year gap that remains relatively unanswered for. Since Aug. 10, 2006, which is the last time …

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Did the Cubs really add that much depth?

In Commentary And Analysis by Obstructed View Staff79 Comments

Over on Cubs Den (a really good blog), John talks about how the Cubs have quietly built depth to give them trade flexibility. I want to look at his bullets one by one because I just don't agree with the conclusion that John is reaching. John is attributing this depth to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer too, which is another …

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The future Cubs

In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by dmick89180 Comments

In a couple years the Cubs infield will include future stars like Hee Seop Choi, Bobby Hill and Brendan Harris. Sammy Sosa will be joined by Corey Patterson and David Kelton. Before long Nic Jackson will take over in CF while Patterson replaces Sosa. Future Hall of Famer Kerry Wood will be at the top of a rotation that includes …

“You better know who your ninth starter’s going to be”

In News And Rumors by dmick89252 Comments

I’ve been a bit confused by one of Theo’s comments since taking over as President of Baseball Operations. “We need starting pitching. You can’t take your chances very seriously as a club if you go in to the season without, not just five guys you can point to, but six, seven and eight guys. You better know who your ninth …

What the hell are the Cubs going to do this offseason?

In News And Rumors by dmick89Leave a Comment

I started blogging about the Cubs after the 2003 season. Myself and a couple others eventually started our own blog, but even after the 2003 season the direction the Cubs were heading was obvious. They had just come within 5 outs of reaching the World Series and they returned what was arguably the best rotation in baseball. They had acquired …