Originally Posted by Fon Duc Tow
The Cards decide to have a lean year (meaning they only decided to spend 4 million more than the Reds, instead of the usual 25 million more than the Reds), and then fans come here and try to use the fact that the Reds spent so closely to the Cards this year
as justification for the last 15 years of ineptitude.
I'm sorry but what I said before is true. The Reds spend at the middle of the pack year after year and that is exactly where they end up year after year.
The Cards on the other hand, for one reason or another decided not to spend as much this year for a change. But we'll see where that number is after St. Louis picks up another horse or two for the playoffs.
It is simple cause and effect, NOT luck or any other reason, as to why both Cincinnati professional sports teams fail year after year.
The biggest problem isn't the team's payroll going into the season.Where I have a problem with the Reds ownership is like I mentioned before.The team goes into the season with issues that the front office wasn't able to address because of payroll restraints and finds a way through other strengths to be competitive.Not competitive enough to make the playoffs but close to it.This should give the front office a better idea of what is needed to not just be competitive but to make a actual playoff run.This season is a perfect example of what I'm talking about.The Cards on the other hand have a way of making deals happen and spending the money that it takes to make a .500 team a playoff team.