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Published April 17, 2014
HOLD THAT THOUGHT...: In DC, John Feinstein notes Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis met with team VP & GM George McPhee on Monday after the team missed the playoffs, but Leonsis said that he "might take up to two weeks to decide what to do." Feinstein: "Talk about leaving people twisting in the wind." McPhee built a team that has "sold out virtually every game at Verizon Center the past five seasons," and has "earned the right not to be left wondering what his future holds." Beyond "common decency," McPhee and coach Adam Oates "deserve to keep their jobs" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/17).
ORIOLES MAGIC? DC-based WNEW-FM's Chris Lingebach noted an Orioles billboard featuring CF Adam Jones, 1B Chris Davis and 3B Manny Machado has been "strategically placed along I-295 in Maryland" just before the DC border. The billboard, promoting the "phone number fans can use to purchase tickets, went up last Thursday." This is an example of MLB "viewing the Washington-Baltimore corridor as a shared market" (CBSLOCAL.com, 4/15).
BLOOD DIAMOND: In Phoenix, Paola Boivin notes the D-Backs at 4-14 are off to their "worst start in franchise history." Boivin: "Accountability, anyone? With all due to respect to a man who has had a nice string of successes as a general manager, this one is on Kevin Towers." But D-Backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick yesterday "offered his support of Towers." Kendrick said, "You have to look at the people who are your leaders and their overall body of work. Kevin's got a real significant body of work. Most of his career he's had real success and has had success here" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/17).