Yankees president Randy Levine hates Trump’s tax plan

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Normally the political preferences and views of baseball ownership and top brass are only interesting insofar as they impact the teams they run. Yankees president Randy Levine, however, wrote a political column over at the conservative NewsMax website yesterday, however, that was fairly notable in and of itself.

Why? Because it comes out strongly against the tax plan currently being pushed by Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. That’s notable because, as we’ve noted in the past, Levine himself is, in addition to being your standard-issue wealthy executive who probably loves big tax cuts, has been one of baseball’s strongest and most vocal Donald Trump supporters.

Levine writes this, in an open letter to Trump:

When you ran and won, you ran on draining the swamp, not giving new life to it.

You ran on tax cuts, not on the swamp’s idea of tax reform where special interests win.

This is a plan that helps Wall Street, hedge funds, private equity managers, real estate and oil and gas partnerships and individuals who disguise income as profits or distributions . . . You were elected by people who work hard, pay their mortgages, interest and property tax, not the special interests who benefit most under this plan. A tax cut should help all.

This, Mr. President, is a swamp deal.

I feel like, for as bad a piece of policy the tax plan is, it’ll pass for all of the reasons a lot of bad bills pass. But dude, when you’ve lost Randy Levine because you’re too pro-business and pro-wealthy, you’ve really done something notable.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.