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I'm not saying I will either. But, when AM seemed to hold the WM as an important deadline and accomplish nothing, I'm sure not excited either. Nothing this team could do would really disappoint me at this point b/c I expect basically nothing. I expected nothing at the WM, and that's what I got. We love to maintain Status Quo, and then blame it on the market.

"Crabcakes and 4th place! That's what Maryland does."

The way TB hit at the end of the season, we might have to change that motto.

Look, I'm not disappointed yet. I think teams want us to give away All Star caliber players that are under contract for 2 more years. If LAD really is offering Kemp and Kershaw + 2, I think he take that. Most of these reports are so vague, "yatth-yattah-yattah is being discussed". F that. It means nothing. Tell me which side is offering what. That's real news.

The Cubs want Roberts, but no Pie or Hill. Great. next?

HOU wants Tejada for scrubs. Great. next?

You can't really knock AM unless you know what was REALLY offered.

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Seconded. As long as he works effeciently and effectively and has a reliable staff, he shouldn't be working ridiculous hours.
No, he should be working ridiculous hours, and he clearly is, especially this week. This is a job that requires 80-100 hours a week, especially during the offseason, and MacPhail knows that.

But its ridiculous to criticize him for what time he goes to bed if there isn't any reason to stay awake. He clearly said that he stayed up late for however long as there was something worth staying up for. Once they got everything they done with whatever discussions they were having, it was done. Would he be doing a better job if he stayed up an additional 3 hours waiting for someone to call and talk in the middle of the night?

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No, he should be working ridiculous hours, and he clearly is, especially this week. This is a job that requires 80-100 hours a week, especially during the offseason, and MacPhail knows that.

But its ridiculous to criticize him for what time he goes to bed if there isn't any reason to stay awake. He clearly said that he stayed up late for however long as there was something worth staying up for. Once they got everything they done with whatever discussions they were having, it was done. Would he be doing a better job if he stayed up an additional 3 hours waiting for someone to call and talk in the middle of the night?

80-100 hour weeks suck.

Just thought I'd add that, since they're apparently my life, now.

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No, he should be working ridiculous hours, and he clearly is, especially this week. This is a job that requires 80-100 hours a week, especially during the offseason, and MacPhail knows that.

But its ridiculous to criticize him for what time he goes to bed if there isn't any reason to stay awake. He clearly said that he stayed up late for however long as there was something worth staying up for. Once they got everything they done with whatever discussions they were having, it was done. Would he be doing a better job if he stayed up an additional 3 hours waiting for someone to call and talk in the middle of the night?

I don't think anyone can work effectively and efficiently going 80-100 hours a week year round - especially older people. I've tried it for a 2 months at a time a few times, and there's no way I could keep that pace up and stay alive.

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Some of you keep saying we laid groundwork, and NOW we can go back and digest what was offered, yadda yadda yadda. Sorry, but THAT was what the General Managers meetings were for...laying the groundwork. The Winter Meetings were for making some moves. I consent, the fact that nothing got done does not mean nothing WILL get done. But, call me pesimistic, but I think I've seen this movie before, and it ends the same damn way every time. If he truly has NO good trades on the table, thats fine, but it tells me that he is overvalueing our guys. If he has a few good deals in place, and needs to consider which to take, then he better stay up past 10pm tonight and figure it out, because teams aren't just gonna sit around and wait for MacPhail to make a decision. THIS is exactly what "insiders" told us to look out for with MacPhail...his very deliberate and painstakingly slow process of making moves. So, we go from the owner in charge not making moves because he "likes" the players, to the GM not mkaing moves because he is slower than molasses in January going up hill in a blizard! Either way, we are stuck with our hands in our pocket as the train goes rolling by! I think it may be time to pull out the claw hammer....

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I just want to get this on the record. All of the people saying it's just the Winter Meetings, it isn't a real deadline, if Bedard/Tejada are on the OD roster, THAT's when I'll start to worry damn well better not be saying to calm down and wait till the trade deadline if nothing's done by Opening Day.

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What the hell is the difference what time he usually goes to sleep?

He clearly was putting in the hours at the meetings when he needed to. If he usually goes to bed at 10pm is that a problem? Probably means he's awake and at the office ready to rock by 6am.

My sentiments exactly!

and that would be bed by 11pm back home on eastern time.

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I don't think anyone can work effectively and efficiently going 80-100 hours a week year round - especially older people. I've tried it for a 2 months at a time a few times, and there's no way I could keep that pace up and stay alive.
Right, during the season is the light period for GMs. It obviously gets heavy around the trade deadline.

But he should absolutely be putting in 80-100 hours during the heaviest times of the offseason, like this week. That was one of the things that really surprised me that I wasn't aware of when we had that dinner with Flanny a few years back. The hours these guys work are absolutely incredible.

As long as they're still spry, I think it'd be easier for an older guy who doesn't have as pressing family or children matters to deal with compared to a younger GM.

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I just want to get this on the record. All of the people saying it's just the Winter Meetings, it isn't a real deadline, if Bedard/Tejada are on the OD roster, THAT's when I'll start to worry damn well better not be saying to calm down and wait till the trade deadline if nothing's done by Opening Day.

I promise you SrMeowMeow I'll be the first in line complaning if they are both still on the roster come opening day.

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