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  1. Hindsight is 20/20, and the decision looks bad now. But I at least understand the decision to hold onto the core and go for it one last time. Competitive windows don't don't open all that often. The Orioles took a decade and a half to build a team with a core of identifiable and really like-able players such as Adam Jones, the Machado-Schoop bromance, and Chris Davis before he became the albatross -- and they had a generational player the likes of which this franchise might not see again for another 20 years. They'd invested heavily on the team financially and had an owner who's not going to get another chance to see another window. So. They made the decision to keep the band together and give it another shot, one last shot. The rebuild was inevitable, and they all knew it. They're not morons. And I do believe that given the constraints of the market and a budget that was already at its limit for a franchise like the Orioles in a market like Baltimore, they did what they could. Could they have made some better decisions, like not banking on getting anything from Chris Tillman? Sure. But the Cobb and Cashner signings on paper were deals at fair market value that should have strengthened the team's biggest weakness. No one could have predicted the complete collapse of the bullpen, even with Zach hurt. We all knew this wasn't going to be a good defensive team, but no one could have predicted the absolute collapse of the lineup -- or Davis being THIS bad. Sure, it may have been a decision that was made with a heavy influence of sentimentality. But, THAT is baseball. That's why the Americans who still love this game do love this game. They look back at the teams they grew up with and the stars they loved as kids with a wistfulness that other major sports just don't have. The messaging that's coming out of the warehouse now at least makes it seem like they knew what they were doing, that there's a real plan going forward, and they all know it's going to be a long haul. They went for it one last time, and I don't fault them for it. They lived in the moment maybe a little too long, but if you're not going to live in the moment, then what's the point of this whole thing?
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    Manny’s farewell statement

    2-3 with two walks in his Dodgers debut.
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    Predict the return for Manny

    kawhi leonard
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    or they're not great prospects
  5. ah F-ck. just saw the other appreciation thread. This is what you get for living inth trade thread the past week Mods feel free to move this.
  6. The finality of this trade is going to set in hard. His insertion into the field out of necessity in 2012 was really the catalyst for the true turnaround, and his impending trade is going to be the marker of a what could be a long rebuild. I've watched this team sine 1983, and no player left me saying "wow" as many times as Manny over the past six years. He's the closest thing I ever saw to a natural in an O's uniform. (Yes, there was Cal, but Cal's greatness was built on work and determination, not just pure, natural talent.) Here's to a look back at what was...
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    Machado Trade Expectations

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    Machado Trade Expectations

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    Machado Trade Expectations

    That'd be more akin to leaving a baby in a basket in front of a fire station.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    http://southpark.cc.com/clips/103645/gingervitus "DayWalker" would be a helluva nickname.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    Manny Machado reacts to potential trade to Dodgers
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    Kremer is the first Israeli citizen drafted by an MLB team. Wonder if Dan is using his former Israel Baseball connections. Israel Dreams Big, as in Big League
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    Not to mention all of the forthcoming national stories about "Is Philly now America's Greatest Sports City?" The Phillies, Sixers, Eagles would all have young star driven teams poised to contend for championships for the next 5 years. I don't know anything about hockey, but I assume the Flyers are decent. It would be the worst.
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    Machado Trade Expectations

    They have to be laundered first.
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    Jeff Zrebeic & Dan Connolly join, "The Athletic"

    The interesting part is that The Athletic is actually pushing sports media to finally rethink its business model. Sounds like the Washington Post is considering trying to beat the Athletic at its own game by going subscription only for sports. Interesting piece from Awful Announcing, a sports media analyst blog: Washington Post reportedly considering online subscriber-only model for sports, beating The Athletic to the D.C. punch