Adam Jones at his peak sure was.
Between the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he averaged: 15 SB, 31.5 HR, .286 AVG. He was an All-Star, earned a Gold Glove, and finished in the top 13 in MVP voting in both years.
Weathly because of Potomac / Bethesada, doesnt necessary make it a large market.
They have grown, because that what winning things like the WS does. They are now 10th, having jump a bunch of slots.
The Orioles are at 18, have slid down a peg or two, they used to be side by side.
What are you basing this on? The DC Metro area is 6th in the country in population and one of the wealthiest areas in the country.
The Baltimore Metro area is 21st - and that includes Columbia - which the O's probably split with the Nationals as far as fan allegiance. The only smaller markets in MLB are Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Milwaukee. The Orioles are a small-market team.
The great draft analyst Jim Callis, of MLB.com, was just on 105.7 FM, the Fan. He reiterated that it's 50/50 between taking Martin and taking a discounted position player, like Gonzalez or Veen. He doesn't hear anything about the O's having interest in Lacy or any other pitcher at #2.
The competitive balance is based on 2 things, small market or small revenue and I believe based on a formula between the losing percentage and their revenue.
I buy their revenue is down.
They have the 3rd or 4th best Cable TV deal in MLB, so that blows my theory out about revenue is down.
They attendance fell out of the middle of the pack, towards the bottom, because of the quality of the product they had put out on the field.
I think believe, and I could be off my rocker, that is the team was competitive, the stadium attendance would be back.
But, we would have to get all the clowns involved to get back to discussions and have a modified season this year.