Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, July 26, 2020 -- "Seasonish Preview 2020: AL Central"

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"Dolan has had the absolute privilege of paying Francisco Lindor, a superstar and by all accounts a wonderful person, a tiny fraction of his market value for years. The entire point of operating a baseball team is to come up with players like Lindor and have them play for you for a long, long time. Dolan, with plenty of time to make that happen, and more money than Croesus, has not done so, and seems unlikely to ever do so. It will be a blow to the team, to the franchise, to the city when Lindor leaves or is traded, one cushioned only by the knowledge that this front office has, time and again, produced more young talent and more winning baseball teams, in spite of the owner."