This week in MLB November 18, 2023

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Elon Musk seeks to raise $1 billion for xAI, the ‘rebellious’ competitor to OpenAI

Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence company xAI is seeking to raise $1 billion in funding from equity investors, according to a new filing.  ...

Corporate America’s hiring spree is cooling—economists say we should all take that as a good sign

New data shows corporate America’s post-pandemic hiring push is coming to an end. U.S. job openings dropped by 617,000 in October to a 32-month...

MLB owners approve team that they will soon hate

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Is Shohei Ohtani the frontrunner for MLB MVP in 2023? | Agree to Disagree

It has been said by many more talented and knowledgeable people than me that the biggest problem with MLB owners is all they see is the next dollar, not the five farther down the line they could have, much less the next win. Oh sure, there are exceptions. Philadelphia’s John Middleton seems to get it. The recently departed Peter Seidler in San Diego did too. Other than that, they might be hard to find. Pretty much everyone else is eying whose grandmother or puppy they can run over to squeeze extra profit they’ll never actually notice from whatever’s on the other side. Read More


Shohei Ohtani’s most likely landing spot is the NL West

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We’ve come to the end of our tour of the islands of every MLB team’s offseason outlook. We wrap up in the NL West, still the favorite landing place for Shohei Ohtani, as two of the rivals here are going to duke it out to bring him either slightly up the coast or six hours up it. One more time… Read More


Ron Washington’s hiring is a bizarre move for the Los Angeles Angels

Ron Washington (l.) and Perry Minasian.

Ron Washington (l.) and Perry Minasian.
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The hiring of Ron Washington is the type of short-term thinking that has come to define the Los Angeles Angels since Arte Moreno officially bought the franchise during the spring of 2003. Those Anaheim Angels were the defending champions. Washington is taking over a club with a hellish trajectory. The Halos’ farm system is in a drought and Moreno overpaid for a losing roster that’s delivered meager results. Accepting this job makes sense for Washington. He’s been chomping at the bit for another chance to lead a club, but this was the oddest fit. Read More


Joey Votto deserved better than this

Joey Votto.

Joey Votto.
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Joey Votto is no longer a Cincinnati Red. Even two weeks later, it feels weird to type.

In an era where there are seemingly two to three farewell tours every year, Votto unceremoniously had his option declined by the only major organization he’s ever played for. Read More


If Shohei Ohtani stays in the AL West, it sure as hell won’t be with the Angels

Don’t count on seeing Shohei Ohtani in an Angels uniform next season

Don’t count on seeing Shohei Ohtani in an Angels uniform next season
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We’re almost through it. Today we head to the left coast, where the champs live…well, not actually. They’re in the middle, but they play in the division that’s ostensibly supposed to be about the left coast. Anyway, that’s not why you called! Let’s run through the division that had the best race last year, and as always, the Mariners lost. Read More


The NL Central is looking like it’s Chicago and then everyone else

Hiring Craig Counsell sure makes it seem like the Cubs are serious about making a run in 2024.

Hiring Craig Counsell sure makes it seem like the Cubs are serious about making a run in 2024.
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Picking up our tour through the winter plans for all MLB teams, and today we land in the NL Central, where the only monster within might actually be starting to act like it. Read More


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