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I knew you would comment on Reinsdorf because you're not a fan. His "family" atmosphere within the organization has been bad. Yes, that's acceptable if you're the Cardinals - going to the playoffs every year, churning out great players and also talentless role players who end up going on to have successful eight year careers. But the Sox haven't had nearly the success to have "The White Sox Way" and they should probably steal some personnel from organizations which have built through the farm.

I don't think the Cardinals have a similar atmosphere at all. Their whole organization is built on extremely rigorous scouting and development. Maybe they're loyal to guys who do their jobs well, but the White Sox are loyal to guys who don't, and that's on both the business side and field-ops side. The whole Sox organization seems to have this weird, insular, adversarial attitude toward everyone and everything: they're going to do things their way, using their people, and if you don't like it, that's your problem. You have the pitching coach going on the radio to yell at fans for not going to games. Does anyone else have uniformed personnel yelling at fans for not going to games? In whose world is this a good idea? This has been going on for years with Kenny Williams doing the same thing, blaming fans for not being able to spend money on players, and 670 even took up the cause on the team's behalf for a few years before they fell in love with the Cubs instead. It's created this whole crappy feedback loop where they disrespect their customers, claim to lose out on revenue, put forth a subpar product, and then blame it on the disrespected customers, on and and on. The public faces of the organization -- Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams, Hawk Harrelson, Steve Stone, Ed Farmer, Brooks Boyer, Don Cooper -- are all miserable old complainers blaming everything on everyone else. Flush them all out and start over.

Honestly, I think a good portion of the fanbase is just miserable bastards intentionally staying away from and hating the team just to show they're better than Cubs fans who go out to see 100 loss teams and gladly eat plates full of crap.

Well, you finally came around on this just as Cubs attendance went off a cliff with those 100-loss teams. We can finally throw out the Cubs/Sox attendance paradigms.

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Yeah, I merely meant that with the way they hold on to their own people and keep bringing back people who worked in the organization, you'd think they were the Cardinals who had an actual distinct method to fundamentals, personnel and player development. They don't, they just hire people "in the family." They're like the mafia without the murder.

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Big weekend for the Blue Jays this is

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Big weekend for the Blue Jays this is

Yeah and they don't get to play the current worst team in the AL, the Twins, any more.

The Twins kept it up for a while but they are plummeting like the metrics and history predicted. I appreciated having a competitive team for 2/3 of the season, hoping for a .500 finish all the way. Now it's starting to look like a 5th straight 90-loss season is in the cards.

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Blue Jays' magic number is :censored: You Yankees!

No,it's :censored: you AL East!

More like, :censored: you, modest budget!

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Blue Jays' magic number is :censored: You Yankees!

No,it's :censored: you AL East!

More like, :censored: you, modest budget!

Naturally, Toronto media being as it is, chatter already starting about whether or not to eventually extend Bautista &/or Encarnacion. Both of whom are not spring chickens.

I think they should try & extend Bautista's deal... Edwin is more prone to injury, will only get worse as he ages, & is much less versatile in the lineup. Bautista can hide some in RF, end up back in the infield at 1B, & even DH down the road. Plus, Jose seems much more a leader willing to take heat for anything & everything.

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Cubs sweep!! It feels nice to be watching meaningful games in August.

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My weekend kind of sucked personally, but having the Cubs pull off that sweep was extremely satisfying.

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Annnnndddddddd Toronto swept the Yanks. The AL East is gonna be interesting down the stretch.

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I think St Louis has got the Central in the bag unless they choke,but I think the Cubs can get the Pirates for 2nd.

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So the PHillies are 16-5 since the ASG, and their young players are performing like genuine stars.

Andy McPhail officially takes over as president in October, he will likely hire a new GM, the ~$2B Comcast deal kicks in, and it's likely that one of their silent partners who just happens to be a billionaire and wants to win will be assuming control of the team. Things went from as bad as it gets to looking pretty good really quick.

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Annnnndddddddd Toronto swept the Yanks. The AL East is gonna be interesting down the stretch.

I think Sportsnet said the Yankees hadn't been shut out 2 games in a row since 1999.

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Thanks to those wonderful Dodgers, the Cubs basically gained nothing on the Pirates this weekend.

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