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About mcgraw238

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  1. I'll just leave it at my opinion is the O's don't do enough things the right way to overcome the big money clubs and I'm pretty sure most of that is driven by Angelos. I'm not saying the club is bad in all aspects, heck I spoke with Brach this time last year and he was very complimentary of a lot of stuff the O's do relative to his previous employer.
  2. Os requesting offers on Machado

    Well said. Instead we end up with ump-teen additional post back and forth on the issue. I've always found calling out of these types of posters to be more distracting than the faux insider posting itself. I take Andrew, Matty Ice, or Sir_Loin or whoever he is that day for what it is and move on...I realize some folks do get ultra caught up in the insider stuff.
  3. Emerging from the dark years and functioning like first class organization are 2 different things. Aside from Schoop (an International signing ironically enough), you rattled off 3 top 4 draft picks, so I'm not sure those are the best examples of producing unless you think we will be revisiting those draft slots. There is some solid talent in the system at the moment which is a good sign, but don't mistake the O's as having a top farm system, they don't, it's still middle of the pack which is simply not good enough given all the other limitations the organization faces. I've enjoyed the winning season, but I'm concerned that the winning seasons are about to be a distant memory given (1) the strength of the Yankees and Red Sox, (2) the core of winning seasons group has run its course, and (3) the organization's refusal to embrace all aspects of developing cost controlled talent and locking up that talent before it reaches free agency. So, it doesn't have to be the same as the dark years to not be good enough.
  4. Your faith in PA as an owner is much greater than mine. I wish I had your optimism.
  5. PA has good business sense in general. He is also exhibits extremely poor skills at operating a professional baseball team and developing talent throughout an MLB franchise.
  6. This doesn't surprise me. A quality GM would have worked his tail off to get Manny signed well before free agency. If ownership shot down an extension several years back, then that actually adds context to DD's statement that no talks have been held for a couple years...what would be the point? I'm shocked that the organization found it's way out of the losing to make the 5 year run.
  7. Season ticket holders......are you renewing?

    I do not plan on renewing my tickets for 2018. I made that decision about mid-way through last season. There's just too many dysfunctional things about the organization for me to re-up for another 29 game plan.
  8. Cafardo: Showalter losing the clubhouse

    I'm obviously speculating, but it would not surprise me if Duquette is one of the "sources" given the Boston connection and the continuing rumors of friction between Duquette and Buck.
  9. Astros GM is going to have a long 2 months.

    Very nice analysis. However, I'm not comfortable with a couple of the assumptions and I'm not sure the analogy to the family farm is appropriate. I've assisted in the transfer of many a family farm using some sophisticated estate planning. The problem you cited tends to arise where there has been little to no planning and the family visits the estate planning attorney after it is too late. I'm also not comfortable that MLB is going to prohibit ownership that would "complicate" the ownership structure. Complicate to you and me tends to be normal course of business for billionaires. You may have some incite into the requirements for MLB, but I have a hard time believing that the owners are going to restrict estate planning that will ultimately impact their ownership of their franchise. I'm familiar with the ownership of one NFL franchise that engaged in sophisticated estate planning to keep the team in the family for future generations. Also, there is some high profile litigation of another where it is clear that the team was sold to an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust for transfer tax purposes. The use of a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust is another possibility that may have been utilized to address transfer taxes. We likely will not know what Angelos has done with regards to the team until after he has passed, but there are some options if he was proactive in his estate planning. It is a heavy lift to get that much wealth out of one's estate, but a large chunk can be moved with proper advanced planning. Time will ultimately tell us the outcome. Again, nice analysis...and what you outlined could ultimately prove to be correct. I agree that the life insurance trust will not do the trick.
  10. That's a depressing summary of the state of the farm.
  11. Child molester to be drafted?

    This is a tough issue. Obviously, what he admitted to is deplorable. The kid was punished pursuant to the law, but we all know that the harm to the victim does not go away simply because the kid was rendered some degree of punishment under the law. Under the laws of this country, the kid is not going to be incarcerated for the duration of his life nor is he subject to some degree of harsher punishment that perhaps would be rendered in other parts of the world. Given that he is ultimately going to be (and has been) reintroduced into society, then we have to hope that he will become a law abiding and productive member of society. Isn't that the whole point of rehabilitation? I'm not privy to the discussions between he and the various counselors, etc., thus, I'm not qualified to determine whether he is likely to commit the same acts in the future. Since he has been placed back into society, then it is reasonable (and actually commendable) that he advance his eduction and eventually seek to gain employment. If the consensus is that he should not be able to utilize his skills and talents within the baseball industry to earn a living, etc., then I guess the sole issue to be resolved is what type of profession is a person with prior crimes of this nature allowed to pursue?
  12. When Dan says, "To me he's a closer"...

    Brach logged a ton of innings last season. His numbers suffered the 2nd half and, as has been noted, his command suffered. I know for a fact he had his knee scoped once the season ended. I'll bet it was barking at times the 2nd half of the season even though he continued to pitch.
  13. Trade Idea - White Sox (Go Big or Go Home)

    Brach's knee was barking as the season progressed. He had it cleaned up after the season.
  14. Winter Meetings

    Nothing really geared toward the public. I've visited the Gaylord in Nashville for the Winter Meetings. Cocktail hour near one of the bars is a good place to camp out. You will see plenty of familiar faces.
  15. Yup, some of the best fishing I've ever done has been at night. But you better know your surroundings because you can't see a dang thing when you are cruising the water. The jetty that JF's boat struck was basically invisible as they were cruising along. They never saw it coming.