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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Toronto Sun: The inside story on how Ed Rogers tried to replace Jays President Paul Beeston

If this is all true, Ed Rogers (Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications, which owns the Blue Jays) has an enormous amount to answer for, both in the court of public opinion AND to Major League Baseball.

We’re not sure if this is the way Harvard Business School teaches Forbes 500 companies on how to make upper management changes.

Or the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the London Business School, for that matter.

Yet, here is how Rogers Communications went about the dirty business of replacing Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and trying to hire executive vice-president Kenny Williams from the Chicago White Sox.

You can easily sub Dan Duquette’s name for each mention of Williams.

And you can replace White Sox with the Baltimore Orioles and see how Rogers Communications handled — or rather bungled — the business of replacing the president of the Blue Jays.

Esoteric Posted: January 24, 2015 at 12:45 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, chicago white sox, tampering, toronto blue jays

Monday, January 19, 2015

Orioles have list of high-profile ex-GMs in case Duquette leaves

... the Orioles have compiled a list of Plan B options in case Duquette departs.

According to an industry source, that list—compiled in the past month—includes four high-profile former general managers: Ned Colletti, Kevin Towers, Omar Minaya and Kevin Malone, who spent a few years in the mid-1990s as an Orioles assistant general manager…

NattyBoh Posted: January 19, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, dan duquette, general managers, toronto blue jays

Friday, January 16, 2015

Arthur Rhodes officially retires

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that reliever Arthur Rhodes has officially retired from baseball.

Rhodes hasn’t pitched since 2011, but I think he still deserves a proper sendoff. 20 years, 900 games, 1,152 strikeouts, one All-Star berth, and two of the biggest earrings you ever saw.


Friday, January 02, 2015

Draw your own conclusions on what’s keeping Orioles from hosting All-Star Game

It certainly would have been nice to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Camden Yards in July 2016, but Baltimore has reportedly fallen out of contention for the Midsummer Classic and all the economic benefits that make it a highly coveted civic event.

No one is saying exactly why the city has gone from being called a “very, very viable candidate” by baseball commissioner Bud Selig in May to being all-but-officially out of the picture, but you can draw your own conclusions…

This year’s All-Star Game will be held in Cincinnati and MLB has — with very few exceptions over the past 82 years — scheduled the game at American League and National League stadiums on an alternating basis.

So, it’s curious that San Diego’s Petco Park now appears to be the most likely 2016 All-Star host and Camden Yards is being overlooked.

NattyBoh Posted: January 02, 2015 at 12:59 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, baltimore orioles, cabal, masn

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Poz: Going all the way back to 1977

Jack Brett raged at his nice boy son. And George Brett learned to fear failure. He learned to fear embarrassment. He learned to fear that voice, the rumbling voice of his father, tearing him apart over an error he made in the third or a swing out of the strike zone. After one such conversation, George tore the phone off the wall in the clubhouse. After more than one, he headed out into the night to find relief.

George Brett did not grow up to be a nice boy. He took a bat to the toilets in Minnesota. He broke a players’ leg in a collision. He leaped up to punch Graig Nettles. He struck a photographer with his crutch. He got into a fight with Willie Wilson. Nice? No. He became like Jack Brett, the essence of fury.

“Maybe I was too tough on George,” Jack would say after Brett had secured his Hall of Fame career.

Fathers. Sons. Such a riddle. When Jack Brett found out he was dying of cancer, he implored his family to not tell George.

“He’s in the middle of a slump,” Jack Brett said. “Wait until he turns it around.”


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MASNSports (Kubatko): Orioles remember Monica Barlow on the day they clinch

Basically impossible not to read this without getting choked up:

I was collecting mental snapshots in the clubhouse following last night’s clincher. Better than exposing my iPhone to the champagne being sprayed.

The moment that probably meant the most occurred when Zach Britton walked over to me with two beers, handed one to me, tapped them together and said, “This is for Monica.”

I needed a few minutes to compose myself. Just a beautiful, heartfelt gesture, and more evidence that Monica Barlow, the former PR director who passed away on Feb. 28, remains close to this ballclub. [...]

“I just doused [Monica’s husband Ben]. I just got him,” said reliever Tommy Hunter. “He came in here and I gave him a big hug. Chris (Davis) had her picture up the whole year, Buck’s got her picture up over there. She’s finally smiling. She’s a special person.

“Man, it’s awesome. It’s not awesome, but it’s awesome. I don’t know how to explain it. It brings a tear to your eye. I mean, I wish she was here. I do. Everyone does.

“To see her husband in here and be able to throw a beer on his head and give him a big hug right afterward, it meant a lot. I’m glad I got to do it. She was special.”

No matter who I talked to about Monica over the past few days, they all had the same reaction. Such a coincidence that I brought up her name, since they were just thinking or talking about her.

Esoteric Posted: September 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, f--k cancer

 

 

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