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There are ways to spend money we haven't even thought of
Like sign 8 starting pitchers...post obscene amounts of money for unproven foreign players.
What is going on in New York? Spending all that money is MIRACULOUSLY working out for them!
I loved it.
That. Looks. Awesome.
"Like sign 8 starting pitchers...post obscene amounts of money for unproven foreign players"
It's sort of funny if you bring Brandon Webb, Tomko, Leonys, Ronald Guzman and Nomar Mazara into the discussion. Same concept, much smarter execution.
I think I might pay a little bit of money to see that movie.
I think I'm missing something. The first half is all about how they spend money with little critical analysis, just going after big names. Then the second half validates the argument that this approach is the way to success in baseball. But the Yankees have 1 World Series in 11 years. That kind of return on investment would have heads rolling in corporate boardrooms that aren't run like the owner's private fiefdom. I like the first half of this move better, but then it veered into left field about halfway through.
Since 1995, the end of the baseball strike of 1994 the Yankees have gotten to the playoffs 16 out of 17 years (94%), won their division 12 out of 17 years (70%), gotten to League Championship Series 9 out of 17 years (52%), gotten to the World Series 7 out of 17 years (41%), and won the whole shabang in 5 out of 17 years (29%). That's one team. In any sport, it doesn't matter, but you tell your fans that year in year out you have got a near three-in-ten chance to win it all, you're doing pretty fine. Sure, the Yankees don't win it every year but they are in the dance every year of my baseball-conscious life except for one. Considering how random the playoffs can be, getting tot he dance is the big thing. Find me another team in any league that can make it to its league's final eight teams in 16 out of 17 years.
Now look further. Since 1995, only one team has spent less than the league average and won the world series (the 2003 Florida Marlins). 12 out of the 17 winners have overspent the league average by 20%. 10 out of the 17 years the winner overspent the average by at least 40%. And on average, the World Series winner overspent the league average by a whopping 55%! So as much as it is a joke, the movie isn't lying when it says the Yankees have changed the way the game works. You want to win? You're probably spending more money than most others. If you aren't spending money, then you probably ain't winning. It's just the way the sport goes.
The advantage money gives you is basically you get mulligans. That 2003 Florida roster was absolutely FULL of guys who exceeded expectations, hit early peaks, trades that worked out spectacularly, and free agent chances that were bang on. For Florida to win without a high payroll required them to hit on all their gambles.
Now look at the Yankees. The list of the number of bad free agent signings they've had can fill an entire column. But what do they do when they make a mistake? They sign someone else. What happens if one of their farm kids they expect to turn into a star doesn't pan out? They sign someone else. What if mid-season they have a bullpen problem come up? They can trade for a good reliever and if the other team is in financial trouble, just offer to pay most of their salary so they can get him without giving up their best prospects. Money let's you reroll the dice. Will all your rerolls work? No. But in a sport with 30 teams, the fact that one team that spends and SPENDS BIG has won nearly 30% of all championships says something about spending.
And, now that my insomnia-based research is over, I'm going to go to Burger King to eat a ham, egg, & cheese crossaint-wich. I'm Commander Shepherd and this is my favorite website on the Citadel.
What the hell is up with the white filter over the entire clip?
Excellent stuff, Commander! Will there ever be a salary cap in baseball? I am anxious to see the CBA discussions in a couple months. But first, we have more baseball to play.
I think a salary cap would be good for the game. But it'll take a hell of a lot to get it passed.
Besides, A-Rod doesn't have that many years left. By the time one is passed (if it ever is), he'll almost certainly be done. That's a significant chunk of NY's payroll.
No to mediocrity and no to parity and no to sports socialism, Its already gained a hold on other sports. Baseball is the only truly free market left, please stay that way.
I basically agree with all you say. The playoffs are pretty much a random crapshoot, so getting there should be every team's season-starting goal.
Having said that, most of the Yankees success over the past 17 years was concentrated in 1996 - 2001. In those six years they won:
4 World Series5 AL Championships14 Playoff Series
In the 10 years since, they have won:
1 World Series2 AL Championships7 Playoff Series
In only 4 of those 10 years did they win as many as one playoff series. I'm not saying anything you say is wrong.....but I think it's fair to segment the post-1994 Yankees into two groups:
1996 - 2001: Exceedingly successful team that basically fulfilled high-payroll potential2002 - 2011: Considering payroll, modestly successful and has rarely fulfilled potential
Yes, the "pay anything" approach means you get a seat at the table every year, and for fans that's about all that can be asked. But there seems to be some hard-to-define element that has been missing from the Yankess for most of the last decade that, seemingly, money can't buy.
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