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Also, success at the minor league level DOESN'T CORRELATE to success at the major league level
In all honesty, what glimmer of hope does a Tiger or Brewer fan have?
Minor league success does, in fact, correllate quite well with major league success. Bill James has written a ton about this.
timkell wrote:In all honesty, what glimmer of hope does a Tiger or Brewer fan have?
Yeah, but Hootie, do you think the Tigers and Brewers being so terrible has anything whatsoever to do with payroll disparity? These are probably the two worst run teams in baseball. That has nothing to do with payroll disparity or revenue disparity.
I'm getting roped into this again. How many times have we argued this? Hey One More Beer, please go back and read the countless other threads and come up with some new arguments before you start bringing this up again.
Since about 1921, people have been complaining about the same thing in baseball. Miraculously, (if we had a sarcasm emoticon, I would insert it right here) the sport has survived. Back then, New York was the major leagues, and no other team had any hope pretty much every year for thirty five years. Yankees, Dodgers, Giants was all there was.
No one complained about the Yankees in the early nineties when they stunk. They built an incredible team with home grown talent, and they've sustained it with free agent signings and trades. As others have pointed out, their minor league system is extremely weak right now. Within a few years, the Yankees will likely begin declining, at which time either George will do what he did in the 80s, which was to keep buying overpriced free agents and failing to win, or he'll realize why the latest dynasty happened, and he'll start focusing on developing from within again.
Yes, he'll be able to rebuild much faster than most teams. Is that a crime?
The Mariners exist in a smaller market than most of these "small market" teams. They realized they have something most businesses don't. A monopoly. They're now considered a "mid market" team because they focused on building their market and fan base. Other teams could do that too.
Every team can hold all new players for six years. That's plenty of time to field a cheap, competitive team like the A's do every year. It can be done, and it's done every single year.
Who's the biggest draw for every other team in the AL? The Yankees, when they come to your town.
As I've said before, the Yankees are raising the bar with their obsession with winning. As a fan, you can decide, do I want other teams to rise to that level, or do I want the other teams to force the Yankees to lower themselves down? Me? I want every owner out to realize that it's not a cake walk. You have to work, and you have to commit to winning. Get with the program and knock the Yankees down by making your team better. In the meantime, quit the bitching, invest in some quality scouting, build your market up, sell the game in your city, and make a ten year plan to turn yourself into a "big market".
No way to salary cap. I hate the NFL now. I don't think there are any great teams in the NFL. It's just a bunch of mediocre teams, which is why a super bowl champ can miss the playoffs, and a terrible team one year can have the best record in the league the next. I'd rather have a handful of truly great teams battling it out than a bunch of mediocre teams.
Anonymous wrote:Hmm, so what do we do, just cut Piazza, Trachsel, and Glavine? Mike can still be productive playing another position, after he gets his home run record at catcher. Trachsel, hmmmmmmm, lets see he won 16 games on a team that won 66, thats not too bad in my book. Glavine, well I didn't understand that myself but what can I say, the Wilpons or Phillips or someone thought it was a good idea to sign a 37 year old pitcher to a multiyear, multi million dollar contract.
And why shouldn't we mention our farm system. We have a lot of promising players in the minors. And as faar as Heilman, can a rookie have a bad year. Oh I forgot, Greg Maddux was lights out his rookie year? Oh, he wasn't my bad. Well then there was RJ, oh wait never mind, how about Curt Schilling, hmmm.
Yes the Mets have made a lot of bad decisions, paying 100 million for a team that won 66 games is disgraceful. Mo I could have seen happening, but who thought Alomar would play as bad as he did? Who would have take a bet if I offered you Tom Glavine at 9 - 14 and a 4.50+ ERA? Not many I am sure. Burnitz was playing very well when he left us for the Dodgers. Cedeno, well as much as a disgrace as he has been did steal 66 for Detroit the year before we signed him, who could have said he would just stop? If you are as all knowing as all you seem to be, then I expect to see you as a GM here soon. Please post here to let me know when you are so I can offer proper congratulations.
timkell wrote:BTW, sorry if my posts today have been a bit less friendly than usual. Nothing personal to anyone. Just venting!
DK wrote:timkell wrote:BTW, sorry if my posts today have been a bit less friendly than usual. Nothing personal to anyone. Just venting!
Are you snowed in like I?
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