Originally Posted by edabbs44
True about the Cards. But as we see this year, they aren't what they looked like last year. Instead of trying to catch lightning in a bottle for that one magical season I'd rather try to build a talented team. Luck might get you through one season, but talent gets you through more.
I thoroughly agree. The problem is that once you build that team that can compete for several years, whether it's the Indians of the 90s, the A's, or even the current Milwaukee team - you then have the difficult task of trying to hold them together. And financial constraints, player salary demands, make that very difficult on smaller market teams.
You have to be more astute (wiser) then those bigger market teams because you can't afford to make mistakes. A team like the Yankees or Boston can "absorb" most mistakes and bounce back more quickly. Teams like the Reds, and some others, cannot. We're in the "waiting" mode right now, trying to get out from under 20 Mil of bad contracts in just two players (Milton/Jr).