Atlanta might be the 7th biggest market, but their payroll was 12th, and about $30 mm less than the Orioles spent just a few years ago.
I do think the sport would be better off if all teams’ payrolls were within a relatively narrow band.
I was very surprised to see the grades Tony put on his hit tool: Current 50 and Future 70.
That seems high to me, personally.
It suggest that Rutschman has the ability to develop into a consistent .300+ hitter. I just don't see that happening.
Perhaps Tony could expand on his thoughts.
Can’t get behind ‘86 since I have hated the Mets every single day since 1969. In ‘86, I hated them much more than the Red Sox, which weren’t the same huge-spending team with self-entitled fans they are today. And then like half the Mets team wrote autobiographies or accounts of the season. Couldn’t go to the baseball shelf of a bookstore without seeing like 20 books by or about the Mets. Yuck!
if only I could reorder time. I’d have loved to watch the Red Sox lose a WS game by having their 1B have a routine grounder go through his legs if it were 2018.
Thanks for the comments and offers of support.
I do have DISH, so I have access to the playoff games. When 10 PM rolls around I turn off the TV regardless and check the scores after I wake up.
The biggest reason I have DISH is I absolutely love Formula 1 on ESPN. The offtimes hapless Ferraris are much improved.
With the Competitive Balance picks and larger international bonus pools MLB is attempting to balance the playing field.
Wow! You young whippersnappers suck the life out of everything! I don't see stoics - I see wads of chaw in player's grill, pearls dangling before swine, bats flipping everywhere, umps missing calls, sunflower seeds spit on dugout floors, water going in and quickly spit out rather than swallowing. It's a cornucopia of action and style. I see donnybrooks and butcher boys and great pieces of hitting. I see wonderful, graceful catches, errors of commission and omission, dropped balls, bats splitting and balls hitting roofs and called dingers! True, one never knows when the action will occur but that is my magic - the serendipity, the surprise, the glory of victory and the agony of defeat (to coin a term). But alas, I am an OG ..... 😇
I would not say just fine. The big market teams have an easier path. Tampa is not always competitive, they won 68 games in 2016 and below .500 every year 2014-2017. They were a doormat from 98-07. Yes, it is possible for small markets to succeed but I think it is a lot more difficult than sports with salary caps.