Originally Posted by top6
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.
Call Buddy and suggest another reorganization......NL Central-HAVES and the NL Central-HAVE-NOTS.
Then maybe the Reds, Pirates and Brewers could actually MAKE the playoffs...