Peter Angelos loves having the Nats nearby

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Peter Angelos.jpgRemember several years ago when Major League Baseball was getting ready to move the Expos to Washington and Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos — a trial lawyer by trade — threatened to sue until Hell wouldn’t have if if his precious territory was invaded?  Yeah, he’s over that now, saying today just how wonderful it is to have the Nats nearby, fostering a budding rivalry and all of that.

Of course he’s quite honest about the fact that the TV deal which was hammered out between the Orioles and Nationals — the Orioles own a majority share in MASN, which broadcasts Nats games — is what made all the difference, saying “What’s good for the Nationals is good for MASN,”

It’s a simple lesson: money greases the skids for franchise movement.  You wonder why Bud Selig’s committee has taken so long to recommend what to do with the Athletics?  It’s because they still haven’t found the right deal to buy off the Giants’ opposition to the A’s in San Jose.  Once that’s done, though, everyone will likely forget all the acrimony and wonder how it every worked any other way.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.