If you are Goliath, it would make sense that you would want to maintain the current system. I appreciate your romanticism, but try selling that to a Royals season-ticket holder.Originally Posted by Saxmania
"Generally acting like a smart franchise" usually isn't enough for a small-market or mid-market team. The best most franchises can hope for is about a 5-year window if they can have a group of outstanding youngsters hit at the same time. The biggest spenders don't really have to act that smart. The Yanks have made as many awful signings as anyone, but they can absorb it. No other team could afford Pavano/Giambi/Igawa/etc.
Yes, the Marlins managed to win twice. But teams like the Marlins and the A's are noteworthy because they beat the odds. I don't think it's fair to point out the Marlins' titles without mentioning that the Yanks have made the playoffs for a decade-plus.
By no means am I saying Bobby Jr. is right or that the Orioles' crappiness is anyone else's fault. The Orioles have the means to compete, but they've been run in a terrible manner. But let's not pretend the major-market teams don't have a distinct advantage over the rest of the clubs. They do.