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.

Brewers promote David Stearns from GM to president of baseball operations

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It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”

Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.

Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.

The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.