Originally Posted by westofyou
Let's see middle of the country, rust belt cities in some cases and in most cases smaller TV networks and lower earning potential.
This is as surprising as a a Bengal being arrested. It's somewhat amazing its been avoided for as long as it has already.
There is really no reason, though, that the Cubs should not be one of the top teams in baseball. They are in a big market and are probably the most marketable team outside of the Yankees and Red Sox - and they may have more potential than even the Red Sox.
Houston is also a large market - and in fact the Astros do have an impressive long-term record of success. St. Louis looks like it will always be an exception to the small market rule - again, in the long term.
That said, with Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, this division will always probably be pretty bad. All three of those teams may put together some shorter runs and nice years now and again, but given the factors you listed it will be tough to sustain long-term success - unless a Billy Beane-esque figure arises.