Chicago White Sox

If the Os trade Machado, they can kiss much of their fan base goodbye

If the Os trade Machado, they can kiss much of their fan base goodbye

Those of us who wax nostalgic about the days when star players stayed with their teams throughout their careers – such as Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer and Cal Ripken — realize that such times are ancient history. But if Manny Machado is traded or sold elsewhere (especially — perish the thought! — to an American League rival) many diehard Baltimore Orioles fans will seriously consider swearing off the hometown team for good.

Brooks, who just turned 80, still comes up in conversation as an honest legend in his own time, but many of those who saw him in his heyday might reluctantly concede that Manny has greater range, a better arm and a more explosive bat. No less important nowadays is...

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