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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. That's a depressing summary of the state of the farm.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. You caught the Tater. You can take down those roadblocks now. I call my son Tater Tot.
  10. You are clearly spun way too tight. I'm sure Tommy will appreciate your defending my vicious attack on him.
  11. Not sure why you got your panties in a wad. I figure Tommy would get a chuckle out of it.
  12. No, Tim...Just Kidding. Just a nickname I picked up in college. But if I had to go with one of your options, it would be John.
  13. Bourn and Stubbs in; who goes?

    I don't know what your problem is, but you either need to show some restraint or take a break.