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Erboes wrote:"Like I said earlier, if we could see how the money values broke down for the last 3 years (you did last year already ), then maybe the argument holds some water. Right now, we have too small of a sample pool to work with conclusively.
OK, Madison, let's take a look at the past three years (Thanks to my handy Baseball Forecaster supplied by Baseball HQ at something like $30 a pop, I have the dollar values for each major league going back to the '98 season).
'03 season I already did, so let's go on to '02 (I'm going solely with the top at each position and skipping the middle players due to brevity. If anyone wants it I can do it for those too).
Best 2b (Soriano, $44) + 36th OF (Salmon $21) = $65
Best OF (Guerrero, $52) + 12th 2b (Young, $16) = $68
Best catcher (Piazza $23) + 36th OF (Salmon $21) = $44
Best OF (Guerrero $52) + 12th catcher (Wilson, $9) = $61
Hmmmm, that's two years in a row my claims hold up. Let's go back to '01 and check those numbers out.
Best 2b (Boone $38) + 36th OF (Preston Wilson, $22) = $60
Best OF (Bonds $51) + 12th 2b (Young, $18) = $65
Best catcher (Piazza, $26) + 36th OF (P. Wilson $22) = $48
Best OF (Bonds $51) + 12th catcher (Hernandez $9) = $60
Wow, three years in a row it holds up, and a quick scan of the prior two years shows pretty much the same. Anomaly? I don't think so. Position scarcity is as big of a scam as Social Security -- bad returns on your investment. The only exception is A-Rod, but he's the best there is anyway so he hardly applies.
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