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Video: Osco Industries Facility Tour Visit MCTV at www.metalcastingtv.com to watch a video of the Osco Industries operations in Portsmouth and New Boston, Ohio. Read the profi le of the metalcasters in this issue on page 16.


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BLOG A Baseball Trade and a Lesson for Metalcasters


In July, two baseball teams made a great trade. They also reinforced a couple great lessons for the metalcasting industry.


There had always been a belief the Chicago White Sox would never trade with the crosstown-rival Cubs. The Sox, now more than ever, are viewed to be the second team in Chicago and it was thought their ownership wouldn’t allow them to trade with the Cubs in fear of maybe losing a deal and alienating their fans.


If true, that line of thinking would


have refl ected incredibly poorly on the Sox. Last year, they initiated a rebuilding plan by trading away star pitcher Chris Sale and cost-controlled and productive outfi elder Adam Eaton for many top prospects. After those deals, the Sox were ahead of the game in their rebuild but had one major chip left: a 28-year-old left-handed starting


pitcher named Jose Quintana, whose contract doesn’t expire until after the 2020 season.


The Cubs, as you probably know, won the 2016 World Series and are in a different place than the Sox. They want to win again and think they can. Though well-built and stocked with hitters, the organization’s biggest fl aw was a lack of starting pitching, leading many to believe the Cubs and Sox would be a great match for a Quintana deal if not for the Sox’s unwillingness to trade with the other team in their town.


So much for that. The teams got together in a fi ve-player trade that sent Quintana to the Cubs and four prospects to the Sox.


What, then, does this have to do with metalcasting? Plenty.


Read the rest of this blog from Brian Sandalow at www.moderncasting.com.


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