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East or West Coast? High payroll? See ya ...

Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:17 am
 


By Matt Snyder


When Ryan Howard grounded out to end an absolutely brilliant pitchers' duel between Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay, the Phillies were eliminated from the playoffs by the Cardinals. In the bigger picture, all teams in the East divisions were now eliminated -- just as are the top nine payrolls in baseball, according to the figures from the start of 2011.

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The Tigers are now the big boy, of the four remaining teams. They entered 2011 with a $105,700,231 payroll, ranking 10th in the majors. The Cardinals followed, ranking 11th, with the Rangers checking in at 13 and the Brewers ranking 17th. This isn't a commentary on how spending doesn't benefit teams, because the Yankees and Phillies only lost Game 5 in their respective series by one run. Spending also gives those teams a larger margin of error on big free agent signings, so don't overreact and say spending causes losing. It most certainly doesn't. But we do have to give credit where it's due here. The four remaining teams in the 2011 postseason were not big spenders. They were more middle-market spenders who assembled quality teams with shrewd front-office moves. Oh, and they aren't from the East, too. That seems to matter to many fans.

We so often hear the lament of the national fans, that they are sick of seeing the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies. Well, they're all gone now. Lament no more. We've got Detroit, Texas, Milwaukee and St. Louis represented. It's a great cross-section of what those coastal types might call flyover country. Being an Indiana resident, I think it's pretty cool myself.

Maybe FOX isn't happy that the World Series doesn't have the New York and Philadelphia markets (or Boston ... or Chicago ... or Los Angeles), but pure baseball fans will tune in and enjoy a great product no matter who is playing. We just witnessed four dramatic series, none of which were sweeps and three of which went the absolute distance -- all ending with one-run decisions in Game 5. That's a great product. Period.

Oh, by the way, parity police: The Rangers and Brewers have never won the World Series. The Tigers haven't won it since 1984. The Cardinals have won the World Series one time since 1982.

One could spin this as the playoffs of the underdog, though that wouldn't really be accurate in the cases of at least the Rangers and maybe all four. Maybe it's the playoffs of the less fortunate (or medium fortunate, to be more accurate)? Or the adept spenders? The non-coasters? Whatever it is, it's been extremely entertaining thus far and that doesn't appear to be going away any time soon. Make no mistake about it, these two League Championship Series and the ensuing World Series are absolutely compelling. Stay tuned, it's going to be three total must-watch series. Even if the teams don't play in the largest of markets.

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Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2011 3:09 am
 

East or West Coast? High payroll? See ya ...

No he was the owner until 7-10 years ago.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 5:00 pm
 

East or West Coast? High payroll? See ya ...

have a vested interest in seeing milwaukee win it all since i lived in wisconsin from 81 to 2002, but as a big picture guy i am at least rooting for a texas milwaukee series, because you have an automatic historcal series. as written neither of those teams have ever won a world series.



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:49 am
 

East or West Coast? High payroll? See ya ...

It is sooo retarded to overpay these bums for going through the motions...Everyone knows they only try long enough to get a nice, guaranteed contract then promptly put on their goat horns and say they tried. High payroll guarantees a high choking quotient. Nothing else. But is sure is funny watching the Yankees and Phillies flush all that dough down the john.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:14 am
 

East or West Coast? High payroll? See ya ...

i'm a mets fan and love the new blood in the playoffs.  look at how the brewers reacted last night.  granted, morgan was a little over the top.  but, fielder and braun practically in tears because it mattered to them.  The Yankees and Phillies shrug it off and get on the next private plane out of town.  I'm looking forward to seeing real baseball fans celebrate the playoffs, not those who take it for granted.  not to mention more of verlander, carpenter, aj wilson and braun.  bring it, i'll be watching more now.



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:04 am
 

East or West Coast? High payroll? See ya ...

Isn't Bud Selig owner or part owner of the Brew Crew? 




Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:06 am
 

East or West Coast? High payroll? See ya ...

Maybe FOX isn't happy that the World Series doesn't have the New York and Philadelphia markets (or Boston ... or Chicago ... or Los Angeles), but pure baseball fans will tune in and enjoy a great product no matter who is playing. 
Well said.  If you are a fan, you will watch and enjoy.  Who CARES about ratings?  That won't make me watch the games any different.  Are the games ever not going to be on TV in our lifetime?  No.  Do the so called low ratings mean anything for the future of the game or even next year's slate of games?  No.  

Baseball will be on TV for the next 100 years at least, so what does it matter??  The games aren't going away.  High ratings, low ratings, same old thing.  It's on TV!  It's baseball.  It's as american as apple pie, right?  

This is a GREAT Final Four in baseball.

 



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:30 am
 

East or West Coast? High payroll? See ya ...

 I'm pretty sure Bud Selig is going to cancel the rest of the postseason, because the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies are nowhere to be found. If he doesn't I think TBS and FOX are gonna ask for some money back. I love it!


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