Since the trade deadline had passed, how did the Dodgers and Red Sox make their trade? Hard to believe they all cleared waivers and/or were not blocked by another contender
The way waivers work after Aug. 1 is that a team can claim a player, but the offering team can pull him back. However, the claiming team has to be careful, because if it puts in a claim to block a trade, the offering club might just say, “You can have him and his $100 million contract,’’ and the team is stuck with an expensive player it didn’t really want.
I’ve always thought you’ve done your best analysis and writing when Cleveland baseball has had difficult days.
I have a friend who was in the Tribe farm system in the early 60s. He played mostly with the Portland Beavers. He contends that Manny Acta is the best manager for the Indians the next two to four seasons, because they probably will be young and inexperienced.
I’m not going to supplement my question with my opinion of ownership, Mark Shapiro or Chris Antonetti. If Acta fits for the near future and is cheap, do you think he should be kept? My friend feels he will resign out of frustration at season’s end because of what/who he has to work with upstairs.
John “Dino’’ Thomas
I doubt that Manny will quit. There are only 30 major-league managerial jobs and reigning in protest wouldn’t look good on his resume. One thing is certain: Manny is not the problem, but in baseball that’s irrelevant. It’s an unfortunate truism in that managers are hired to be fired.
What’s the possibility of Cleveland proper buying out the Dolans and owning the Tribe much like Green Bay owns the Packers?
No chance. The Packers are “community owned,’’ but that does mean ownership accrues to the city government.
Articles of incorporation were drawn up for the team in 1923, and stock was sold. Currently there are more than 100,000 shareholders, and there are rules to prevent the team from being sold and to prevent shareholders from making a profit (although private sales of stock do exist).
If the team is sold, the proceeds after expenses would go to charity, ensuring that there would be no financial benefit to a sale. Stockholders can own no more than 200 shares, which cannot appreciate in value. Moreover, no dividends are paid.
Under current NFL rules, no team could adopt this structure (there are too many owners), but the Packers have been grandfathered in.
Bottom line: You are not going to find out whether your neighbors would be better owners than Larry and Paul Dolan, unless you live next to Dan Gilbert or Peter Lewis, not that they’re interested.