Marlins and the All-Star Break

Welcome to Czar’s blog #9 of 2017

 

Where has this team been all season?

The G-Men are 23 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West.  They still have the worst record in baseball (other than the Phillies, who are in a league of their own) but have suddenly won 8 out of the last 10 games, including two series sweeps (one against the Rockies and one against the Pirates).  Heading into the All-Star break there is hope, albeit faint, that the year will end up with a decent record (although the play-off’s would be a pipe-dream requiring sweeping the month of August and most of September).

The G-Men are finally looking like the real Giants, and not a $180 million a year payroll bust.  It’s good to see them play this well, even if it’s probably too little, too late.

 

Buster Posey, Austin Slater and Sam Dyson

Buster is the starting catcher in the All-Star game and is having a career year, with a .326 BA and 16 dingers.  Buster is the best framer in the game and is worth going to see all by himself. We will tell our grandchildren we saw him play.

Beyond Buster, however, are players that we should all want to see prosper, and it starts with Austin Slater, who is batting .299, playing a solid game in all phases and looking like the future in left field.  Austin is really a good looking kid (even if he did go to Stanford) and if we come out this season with a solid future in left field that would be almost worth it.

The other pick-up that is worth talking about is Sam Dyson, the closer at Kansas City who lost it, and is now getting it back.  Sam was very shaky when first back but has suddenly found his mojo.  With Melancon on the DL Dyson has stepped up to the plate and steadied the bullpen, which has been a problem.  If they both are healthy we suddenly have a bullpen that can hold a lead (like happened in the first game against the Tigers on Tuesday).

The Other kids?

Christian Arroyo is smooth and looks like a young Matt Williams (Matty actually compared himself to Christian on a post-game show).  Christian is on the DL with a broken hand and I don’t really expect to see him until next season. Hwang on the other hand was a star in Korea and is now showing us why here.  He is a suburb 3rd baseman with a smooth swing and a knack for the big hit.  I expect that we are going to lose Nunez but Hwang will make up for it.

As for the other young ones (like Ryder Jones), this will be a year where we see them under the gun and truly get to take a look at what they can do.

The Pitching

Bum is currently on rehab in San Jose (where he got raked last night) but we will see him back right after the All-Star break when the new season starts. Samardjiza right now is the only pitcher really looking good.  However I expect the All-Star break to help the young guys like Blach.

Sellers or buyers at the trade deadline?

The eternal question. The Giants are sellers.  Cueto and Nunez are both gone but the core of young players (and veterans like Crawford, Belt and Panik) will stay intact.  The only surprise that we might see on the horizon is Pence being traded if there is real value there. Span might go if we get enough for him.  He is certainly playing well.

The series – The Marlins

The Marlins just split a series in St. Louis against the Cardinals.  They are in 4th place in the NL east with a record only 4 games better than the G-Men.  I fully expect the Giants to come into the weekend series with a huge chip on their shoulders and ready to play.  It will be a fun weekend of baseball!

That’s it!

Ciao, and GO GIANTS!

The Czar

Mets and Rockies Six Game Home Series

Welcome to Czar’s blog #8 of 2017

 

How bad is it now?

The G-Men are 20 games back of the Rockies in the NL West.  They have the worst record in baseball (other than the Phillies, who are in a league of their own) and are on track to lose a franchise record 105 games (shades of 1985).  They keep choking in game after game: one day it’s the offense, another day it’s the pitching and another day it’s the defense (ever see a ball go through Belt’s legs before this season?).  Let’s not fool ourselves.  It’s bad.

Flickering lights of hope

Yesterday they played well against the Braves and broke a seven game losing streak.

Austin Slater came up from the minors to man left field and is hitting the snot out of the ball.  He doesn’t want to go back down and right now looks like the left fielder of the future.  That one box on the road to respectability checked.

At least two of the losses that they suffered in Colorado (4 game sweep) were come from behind victories by Colorado when the Giants went ahead in the late innings with an unusual (for the G-Men, the worst offense in MLB) surge of scoring. You can’t say they aren’t trying but when the relief pitching breaks down and the starters are ineffective what you have left is a loss. The cycle (walk off HR in the 9th) by Arenado in that come from behind game was a back breaker.

Madison Bumgarner is on track to return after (or maybe before) the All-Star break.  The tailspin did seem to correspond to his absence, although he is not totally responsible by any means.

The real hope is that the tailspin stops and the G-Men start to get some confidence back.  The year is only half over

The Pitching

Losing Bum and (pre-season to Tommy John) Will Smith didn’t help matters but it is clear that pitching is a problem. We are going to be losing Cueto but Blach looks decent and Beede is waiting in the wings.  What we need are relievers.  Smith was a big loss and Derek Law wasn’t able to make it up.  I almost feel sorry for Law being thrown in when he is so clearly incapable of getting a batter out – now he is back in the minors where he belongs until he gets an out pitch..

Strickland is serving a suspension for being an asshole (well-deserved in the view of most of baseball) and the bullpen appears to be fractured.  We need a stabilizing influence there – maybe bring Affeldt out of retirement?

Sellers or buyers at the trade deadline?

Anyone who thinks that the G-men aren’t sellers is smoking something I’d like to get myself.  Cueto is gone, although how much you can get for him (he was a rental anyway for the rest of this season) is a question-mark.  Nunez is also gone.

I think that the only safe players are Crawford, Posey, Panik and Bum.  Belt is streaky, Arroyo and Slater are the future and who wants Span anyway?

I also hate to say it but Pence may have more trade value left than actual value on the field.  He is 34, is injury prone and has one year left on his contract, a lot of which the G-Men would have to eat if he goes.

The series – The Mets and Colorado

The Mets are currently in LA and getting hammered by the Dodgers. They will not be in a good mood when they get into AT&T.  The G-Men have a shot at this series if they hang in there.

The home series ends with another three games against the Rockies, who have systematically dismantled the Giants in every way possible. The G-Men will want retribution but the question is whether or not they have the horses (apologies to Matt Cain) to take a game or two.

That’s it!

Ciao, and GO GIANTS!

The Czar

AL Central, Twins and Royals, Oh My

Welcome to Czar’s blog #7 of 2017


Are the pieces fitting together?

This is a difficult team to watch on a day by day basis.  One day they look like the Giants of old, the next they look like a double A team.

The G-men are a half-game up on the Padres, who are bringing up the rear of the NL West.  Regardless of their exalted position in the standings the Gigantes are still 11 games under .500 and the best pitcher on the team (Samardzija) has a 4.29 ERA.  Not real good in anyone’s book.

I don’t know if you can count the recent road trip (3 and 4 against the Phillies and the Brewers) as a positive but at least they weren’t swept by either team.

Yes, it’s depressing.  But, we have lived through worse.

There are good players on the team: Posey for sure, Belt is playing well, Nunez is hitting well and stealing bases and Crawford is still making clutch plays.  Pence is back from the DL and Panik is solid. Span is a real question mark. The pitchers seem to be suffering for a case of “why the hell did Bum ride a motorcycle”?  The bullpen is weak and almost every time I see Derek Law stroll into the field to “I fought the Law” by the Clash I break out in hives.

The point is that there are good players on the team but they don’t seem to be playing well together.  The question for the brain trust is - - what can be done?

The pieces right now don’t seem to fit well together. They are not in sync. Maybe they are pressing, maybe they don’t have team chemistry but whatever its not working.  We are seeing weird stuff, like Strickland hitting Harper and igniting a NL firestorm of bad juju.  The weird stuff must stop.

The Answer – the kids?

One thing that I applaud Giants management for is recognizing that it’s time to see what they have in the farm system before becoming sellers at the trade deadline.

I think that Cueto is gone in July, Morris should be gone, Cain is on fumes and Blach is looking pretty good.  That’s the starters.

However no one can question the call-up of Arroyo and Slater.  Slater’s dinger was as responsible for today’s win against the Brew Crew (admittingly depleted) as anyone else.  He looks good, especially in left field.  Arroyo is the real deal and will be a mainstay for years I suspect.

It is now the time to look to the future, figure out what we have and hope for lightening to strike (preferably against the Dodgers) in July, August and September.

The AL Central Series

The Twins are at the top of the AL Central, three games over .500.  Ervin Santana has a 2.44 ERA and is leading the team in victories and Miguel Sano (.303, 15 dingers and 46 RBI’s) is hitting the snot out of the ball.  If the G-men can take two out of three in this series the picture will brighten considerably.

The Royals, the G-Men opponents in the 2014 WS, are in 4th place in the AL Central, 5 game behind the Twins. Hosmer and Moustakas are the studs there , and Vargas has a 2.18 ERA, not too shabby.

Both of these match-ups will be a test of the new philosophy of playing the young guys to see what they can do.  I also advocate a trade of Law but with our luck this year he would end up a Dodger and get 20 saves.

That’s it!

Ciao, and GO GIANTS!

The Czar

The Braves, the Nationals and Memorial Day

Welcome to Czar’s blog #6 of 2017


There are about 100 games left – Do the Giants have a chance?

This is the principal question being asked by Giants fans from coast to coast. The answer is a very qualified yes (although the better question might be “chance at what?” -not finishing in the cellar?). It is quite clear however that the G-men have been simply dreadful so far in 2017. 

The bad news: We are tied with the Padres (last in the NL West but that was expected for a team – the Padres - with three Rule 5 starters) for the fewest runs scored in the NL (161). The pitching staff sports a pathetic 4.37 ERA.  Bumgarner is out until August, Hunter Pence’s hamstrings are trouble and he’s on the DL again, Nunez was out today with leg problems and we still don’t have a reliable middle reliever.  It seems like the injuries come and go but more come than go.

The recent games: The Giants have played better recently and won 8 of their last 13 (before dropping the last three games to the Cubs and finishing the road trip 3 and 4 – maybe some bad calls mixed in there but good teams overcome bad calls). There have been more home runs (mostly without runners on base) and an occasional flash of the old team but again not enough and not sustained.  Every time they look good they then look bad again. For every stellar Crawford pick there is a pitching meltdown from the bullpen in the late innings.

We are all hoping for a summer surge.  If the 20 and 29 (11 games back) G-Men can get to .500 by the All-Star break they might have a shot but even then it would be a long shot. However, except for series against the Nationals and the Rockies, before the All-Star break they are playing against teams that they should play well against.

Whatever happens it’s worth it to see Buster’s excellent season (.361 average, 1.01 OPS), and Arroyo’s development (is it time for Austin Slater in left field?). I might also mention Ty Blach who wouldn’t be getting this chance if Bum was healthy.  Blach looks good and looks like the future.  These are guys we want to see play ball and thrive.  Let’s relax and take the pressure off them and see what they can do over the next six weeks.

The NL West- Is the torch passing?

The Rockies are on top of the world and the Snakes are right behind them.  The Dodgers (you know, the team with all their money invested in Bitcoin and Puerto Rico) are close and expect to be in the hunt until the end.  This might be the year (like so many past) where we live to knock out the dreaded boys in blue.  Again, the real key will be at All-Star break when we start to look at who is a seller and who is a buyer.  Regardless, it’s still baseball and it beats the you-know-what out of politics.

That’s it!

Ciao, and GO GIANTS!

The Czar

Reds and Dodgers, It's Time to Send the Love

Welcome to the 5th Czar’s blog of 2017

 

What happened to the G-Men, and where do we go from here?

This is going to be a relatively unusual blog from The Czar because there really isn’t much good that can be said about the last place team in the NL (10 games back) after the first month of the season, and the worst Giants start since the early 1990’s.  The Giants have absolutely no offense, the starters are getting torched, the relievers can’t hold a lead and the defense has been breaking down at absolutely the worst possible time.  To top it off, there are injuries up and down the line-up (Span, Crawford, Bumgarner, Hill, Parker, Will Smith and, as of today, our closer Melancon).

The boys are coming off a long (11 games, the longest of the year) road trip with the low point being a 5 game losing streak against the Reds and the Mets, and the high point being taking 2 out of 3 from the Dodgers. 

There are several theories about what has happened.  Before I put forth my humble opinion, however, I am going to turn the floor over to my good friend David Wofsy for his guest analysis. 

Dear Czar,
It surprises me that anyone expected the Giants to be contenders this year.   They had the worst record in baseball for the second half of last season.  They created the illusion of being better than that by having one (and only one) good week at the end of the season (sweeping the Dodgers to squeak into the playoffs, beating the Mets behind Bumgarner, and looking competitive against the Cubs while losing three of four games).
So what happened in the off-season to the team with the worst record in baseball?  They got worse.  They lost Pagan from an already weak outfield and didn’t replace him.  Pagan wasn’t great, but there were plenty of games last year in which he sparked the offense.  They lost three experienced relievers who were admittedly at the end of the line, and replaced them with a reasonably good closer.  However, even if you forgive Melancon’s shaky first month as a Giant, and even if you believe that one good reliever can fill three holes, he can only close if they carry a lead into the late innings.  That isn’t happening very often.
The unavoidable truth is that the Giants entered the season weaker than the team that had been the worst team in baseball over a sustained period last season.  So we really had little reason to expect much more than we are getting.  Then they had the misfortune to lose a key lefty reliever (Smith) and their ace starter (albeit with an 0-4 record due to no offense).  Posey’s beaning and Crawford’s injury may have cost them an additional game or two, but there is no evidence that their presence would have changed much.  Belt is still Belt; Pence is showing his age, and Posey hits singles (unless the opportunity presents itself to hit into a double play).
Bottom line: They are who they were, only a little worse.  Rebuilding time.  Welcome Christian Arroyo.
The Bright Side:  We have no right to complain.  Over the past 15 years, the Giants are the only team in baseball to appear in four World Series, winning three and providing great excitement in all four playoff runs.  They have earned the right to a bad year.  I have had some bad years, too.
Keep the faith,
David

I think that the real take-away from David’s analysis is that there is a Bright Side and the only question is when will it start to shine.  Arroyo is the real deal.  He’s number 22 (and a Will Clark look-alike, with his number) at third base looking like a young Matt Williams.

However, I don’t think that it’s time to start talking about rebuilding.  Rather it’s time to get healthy, take each game one at a time, relax and enjoy playing the greatest game known to man.  The Giants are pressing and that never works.  The pieces are there for a decent season and it’s time to start the climb out of the cellar.  Crawford is back tomorrow, Span the week after and maybe there will be personnel surprises in the wings.

It’s time to cherish the Giants as they are, go to the games, root for a victory and relax as fans.  We are not beach-ball blowing up come-lately fans. We are the Giants faithful.  We lived through the 1962 loss to the Yankee’s, the lost years in 1983 to 1985 (100 losses for God’s sake!), and the rebuilding years after the 1989 world series earthquake loss to the A’s.  We lived through the rally monkey in 2002 and we can live through this.

Personally, I trust Bruce Bochy and the front office.  I know that they are out there seeking solutions.  Obviously left field is the first priority but so is center and so is grooming a replacement for Pence two years from now.  There are a lot of youngsters in AA and AAA (like Austin Slater) that will get the same kind of look that Arroyo is getting right now, and that might be ready for the show.

Regardless, the tale is not told on the scoreboard but in the dugout.  It’s time to relax in the stands (and in the dugout) and send our love out on the field.

As David says, keep the faith!

This next two series are against two of the hottest teams in baseball: the Reds, who just swept the G-Men in Cincinnati, and LA, which is climbing in the standings.  This is the time for us to show our support.

That’s it!

Ciao, and GO GIANTS!

The Czar

  1. The TTB Crusade Against Small Producers and the “Consignment Sale” Business Model
  2. TTB Protocols, Procedures, and Investigations
  3. Wine in a 250 ML can – the Mystery of the TTB packaging Regulations and Solving the Problem by Amending the Regulations
  4. The Passing of John Manfreda of the TTB: a Tragedy for his family and a Tragedy for the Industry he so Faithfully Served for so Long.
  5. Pride in a Job Well-done, or Blood Money? The Cost of Learning the Truth from the TTB about the Benefits to Investigators from Making Cases Against Industry Members
  6. How ADA Website Compliance Works – The Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself, Your Website and Your Social Media from Liability
  7. Supplier and Distributor Promotional “Banks,” Third Party Promotion Companies and Inconsistent TTB Enforcement, Oh My!
  8. “A Wrong Without a Remedy – Not in My America” – The TTB Death Penalty for Not Reporting Deaths
  9. Is a 1935 Alcohol Beverage Federal Trade Practice Law Stifling Innovation?
  10. Decoding the BCC’s Guidance on Commercial Cannabis Activity.
  11. Prop 65 - Escaping a "Notice of Violation"
  12. TTB Consignment Sales Investigations - What is Behind the Curtain of the TTB Press Releases?
  13. Heads Up! The ABC Is Stepping Up Enforcement Against Licensees Located Near Universities
  14. Coming Soon: New Mandatory Training Requirements for over One Million “Alcohol Servers” In California – September 1, 2021 will be here quickly
  15. 2019 Legislative Changes for California Alcohol Producers – a Blessing or a Curse?
  16. A Picture (On Instagram) Is Worth A Thousand Words
  17. Playing by the Rules: California Cannabis Final Regulations Takeaways
  18. Hinman & Carmichael LLP Names Erin Kelleher Partner and Welcomes Gillian Garrett and Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho to the Firm
  19. Congress Makes History and Changes the CBD Game for Good
  20. Pernicious Practices (stuff we see that will get folks in trouble!) Today’s Rant – Bill & Hold
  21. CBD: An Exciting New Fall Schedule… or Not?
  22. MISSISSIPPI RISING - A VICTORY FOR LEGAL RETAILER TO CONSUMER SALES, AND PASSAGE OF TITLE UNDER THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE
  23. California ABC's Cannabis Advisory - Not Just for Stoners
  24. NEW CALIFORNIA WARNINGS FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND CANNABIS PRODUCTS TAKE EFFECT AUGUST 30, 2018, NOW INCLUDING ADDENDUM REGARDING 2014 CONSENT AGREEMENT PARTIES AND PARTICIPANTS
  25. National Conference of State Liquor Administrators – The Alcohol Industry gathers in Hawaii to figure out how to enforce the US “Highly Archaic Regulatory Scheme.”
  26. Founder John Hinman Honored with the Raphael House Community Impact Award
  27. ROUTE TO MARKET AND MARKETING RESTRICTIONS - NAVIGATING REGULATORY SYSTEM CONSTRAINTS
  28. Alcohol and Cannabis Ventures: Top 5 Legal Considerations
  29. ATF and TTB: Is Another Divorce on the Horizon? What’s Going on with the Agency?
  30. STRIKE 3 - YOU REALLY ARE OUT! THE ABC'S STRICT APPLICATION OF PENALTIES FOR SALES TO MINORS
  31. TTB Temporarily Fixes Problem with Fulfillment Warehouse Tax Credits - an “Alternate Procedure” for Paying Taxes & Reporting
  32. CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE HAD ONE TOO MANY - THE FREE TRANSPORTATION DILEMMA
  33. The Renaissance of Federal Unfair Trade Practices - Current Issues and Strategies
  34. ‘Twas the week before New Year’s and the ABC is out in Force – Alerts for the Last Week of 2017, including the Limits on Free Rides
  35. Big Bottles, Caviar and a CA Wine Strong Silent Auction for the Holidays!
  36. The FDA and the Wine and Spirits Industry – Surprise inspections anyone?
  37. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: UPDATED REGULATORY AGENCY DISASTER RELIEF RESOURCES AT A GLANCE
  38. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: REGULATORY AGENCY DISASTER RELIEF RESOURCES AT A GLANCE
  39. Soon to come to your Local Supermarket– Instant Redeemable Coupons of the digital age!
  40. The License Piggyback Dilemma – If it Sounds Too Good to be True, it Probably is
  41. A timely message from our Florida colleagues on the tied house laws, the three-tier system and the need for reform
  42. ABC Declaratory Rulings – A Modest Proposal Whose Time has Come
  43. More on FDA Inspections - Breweries, Distilleries and Questions
  44. WHY THE FDA IS INSPECTING WINERIES
  45. Senate Bill 378—The Proposed Demise of Due Process for Alcohol Licensees
  46. ABC Enforcement - Trends and Predictions
  47. The Corruption Chronicles – Volume One: A New Hope
  48. New Alcohol Delivery Oversight on the Horizon
  49. Michigan: Canary in the DtC Coal Mine?
  50. California ABC and Federal Credit Laws – Active Enforcement and Lots of Questions!
  51. Big Bottles For The Holidays - The Highest Calling Of The Winemaker's Art
  52. FINAL COMMENTS TO TTB NOTICE 160 DUE ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7TH – WE ARE ASKING THE TTB TO EXTEND THE COMMENT PERIOD AGAIN TO ALLOW FOR INDUSTRY NEGOTIATION AND ALIGNMENT OF INTERESTS
  53. SONOMA COUNTY WINERY USE PERMITS, EVENT RESTICTIONS AND DTC
  54. New TTB Labeling Requirement Regulations: Out-of-State Bottling Is Not Created Equal and Consumers Right to Know Where the Grapes in their Wine Come from is Compromised
  55. Isn't A Written Agreement With A Distributor Worthless In A Franchise State?
  56. Crowd Funding for Alcohol Producers and Retailers – Down the Rabbit Hole with the Tied House laws
  57. Everything you ever wanted to know about the BPA Warning Statement but were afraid to ask
  58. AB 2082 - A Hunting License for Police and a Lethal Weapon for Politicians that Deprives Licensees of Currently Available Due Process Rights
  59. “Better Late Than Never”-- Judge in Illinois Dismisses 201 Sales Tax Cases against Retailers
  60. The Day the Music Almost Died: The Story of the BottleRock ABC Accusations, the ABC Appeals Board and a Victory for a Common Sense Interpretation of the Tied House Laws
  61. The Arsenic in Wine Class Action Dismissal – what it means
  62. Counterfeit or Artisanal Mexican Spirits? Pick your Poison, or your lime wedge
  63. Warning - CA ABC enforcement teams are on the prowl this weekend!
  64. RELIEF AT LAST! ILLINOIS MOVES TO FIX THE SALES TAX LAWSUITS AGAINST OUT-OF-STATE SELLERS BUT PROPOSES TO PENALIZE WINERIES AND RETAILERS THAT SHIP WITHOUT PERMITS
  65. The TTB Speaks on Category Management or, be Careful What you Ask for Because you might Get it!
  66. Hinman & Carmichael LLP Announces the Addition of Jeremy Siegel to its team of top beverage law lawyers
  67. 2016 LEGISLATIVE UPDATES: Part IV
  68. 2016 LEGISLATIVE UPDATES: Part III
  69. 2016 LEGISLATIVE UPDATES: Part II
  70. 2016 LEGISLATIVE UPDATES: Part I
  71. Hinman & Carmichael LLP is Hiring!
  72. John Hinman Presents NBI Webinar on Basics of Alcohol Beverage Law
  73. ABC DISMISSES SAVE MART GRAPE ESCAPE ACCUSATION BUT REFUSES TO ADOPT JUDGE’S DECISION FINDING NO STRICT LIABILITY FOR ABC VIOLATIONS
  74. Speakeasies are still with us, and proliferating!
  75. The War for the Soul of Sonoma County – the Winery Working Group Battle
  76. Santa Claus isn’t the only one coming to town this Christmas!
  77. Arizona's Direct to Consumer Shipping Rules - An Exercise in Complexity
  78. AB 780 - Social Media and the ABC: The California Legislative “Fix” that Fails
  79. Illinois Finally Offers Certainty and Relief for Victims of Sales Tax Lawsuits, but Prompt Action is Required in Pending Cases
  80. A Modest Proposal – Adopt the federal rule on Tied-House liability in California
  81. The Grapes Escaped - Why the First Amendment Matters
  82. Appellate Court Ruling Strikes Blow Against State’s Arbitrary Beer Label Ban
  83. Illinois Attorney General's Office Announces Intention to Dismiss False Claims Act Against Liquor Retailers
  84. Commercial Speech And Alcoholic Beverages - Part III
  85. Commercial Speech And Alcoholic Beverages - Part II
  86. Craft Beverages: Social Media Marketing the Effective and Compliant Way
  87. Commercial Speech And Alcoholic Beverages - Part I
  88. A LAYPERSON LOOKS AT ARSENIC IN WINE
  89. The Biggest Retailer in the World vs. the TABC
  90. Rebecca Stamey-White presents Emerging Issues in Wine Law
  91. Top Beverage Alcohol Law Firm Adds and Elevates Partners
  92. Illinois Qui Tam Lawsuits—Private Enforcement Of a State Claim: A Bonanza For A Plaintiff’s Lawyer And A Rip-Off Of Retailers
  93. BOOZE RULES OF SOCIAL MEDIA: The Retailer Right to Pay Exception
  94. LIONS AND TIGERS AND TWEETS, OH MY!
  95. AB 2004: Brewer's Incremental Parity with Wine Makers
  96. Expanding, Proud Of It, and Wanting to Tell the World
  97. DC Weighs in Strongly on Third Party Marketer Delivery Services
  98. “Visual Links” between Beer, Wine and Spirits Labels and Retailers Ruled Unlawful in California — the tied house laws run amok
  99. Hard Cider Legislative Update
  100. New Marketing Model for New York – Lot 18 and the NYSLA