From SABR member Dan Evans at Baseball Prospectus on July 30, 2012:
Tension? Absolutely. Anxiety? Sure. Pressure? Without a doubt. Enjoyment? No question.
Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline is unlike any other time of the year, as it affects more people in the sport than any other event over the course of a season. By late July, everyone in the game has settled into a nice daily routine after spending the last several months and about two-thirds of the season together. Then the deadline arrives to disrupt the routine. Players, field staff, front office personnel, scouts, media, and minor-league franchises have no choice but to adjust. You you can feel its approach in everything that you do. And I mean everything.
The deadline seems to take on mythic proportions, but for the people who make the big decisions for each major-league club, it is the very best time of the year. It’s an opportunity to impact your club at a critical stage, whether you are a buyer or a seller.
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Originally published: July 30, 2012. Last Updated: July 30, 2012.