"We live in a strange time in which technical expertise and political animus are both in abundance. Indeed, both are distributed along ideological vectors in such a way that the weaknesses and failures of each are still considered acceptable to their affinity groups when compared their polar opposites."
Long-term, a dearth of homegrown talent in the future puts more pressure on a good return from a Machado trade now. Hopefully the team has a greater capacity for spotting top line talent developed by other teams than developing its own.
In any American city—especially one like Baltimore—that since the 80s has often needed complexly structured incentives to attract business, the real purchasing power of citizens is the context within which any discussion of trading tax subsidies for real estate development should be understood.
#baltimore => Born and raised! If I died in Charm City I wouldn’t be surprised, but would be disappointed that I didn’t die in an orbiting space station.