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February 17, 2021


Rich Beckman

I love the tablometer. I don't think we've had as much snow as you have. But a lot.

When I shovel, if there's a lot, I start in the middle and work one way a few feet then walk back and go the other way a few feet. Just a few seconds break as I walk back and forth.

Esquire appears to have a complete archive:


That is the result of a search for Spring, with dates from 78 to 95.

Just four dollars a month to access the articles.

I am looking forward to baseball, but I'm afraid I will be listening and not watching. You can watch a ton of baseball for 125 dollars to MLB, but no Cubs games. Getting the Marquise Network for the season is a whole lot more than that.

I'll live with the At Bat App.

I don't know how optimistic I am about the season. But I guess anything is possible.


Speaking of the Padres, they just gave 22 year-old Fernando Tatis, Jr. a 14 year, $340M contract.

According to Forbes, the Padres team is worth $1.45B. Using a 2% long-term interest rate, the present value of a 14-year $340M annuity is $294M. That simply means that the Padres have given ONE player a package worth just over 20% of today's team value. Two years ago, Manny Machado got a $300M deal - another 15-20% of the enterprise value as well?

Wrap your head around that. We're nearing a point where all of a team's players under contract are collectively owed MORE than the value of the team itself. The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) expires in December of 2021.

How do the owners "negotiate" with their biggest debt holders (players under guaranteed contracts) who also happen to be the very product they're selling?

Talk about leverage...

Tim@Cubby Blue

Rich your shoveling technique is BRILLIANT! And WAY better than Bud, who apparently has not suggestion ;). The entire Cubs watching thing is less than ideal right now. The prices for everything are insane, including beer at Wrigley. And, Bud, including the players. I keep hearing that every signing like Tatis' is "good for baseball". I can draw a dollar, but my god trying to manage that CBA? I also can't tell you how not happy I am that the 2 best baseball teams for the immediate future are such a couple nemesis's (now and '80s).

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