Originally Posted by Kc61
Where did I say a large market wins every year? I didn't and they don't. And management of any franchise is key.
But a small market team has a particular problem: it can't possibly buy a championship roster every year. Even with top management. It has to build primarily with young, inexpensive players.
And when that young group emerges there is generally a short window to win championships.
I see such a window for the Reds in the next year or two. At least to become a solid playoff team. With free agency and budgetary limitations, I don't see that window necessarily lasting that long.
So I say focus in 2012 and 2013 on the major league ballclub. Fill the holes. Keep your great left arm, Chapman, with the ballclub. Fill the Madson hole if possible with a Gonzalez or whomever.
Or else, it's again, we'll be pretty good, but we're really focused on next year, and next year, and next year . . . .
Where did I say that large market wins every year? You got that from what I said?
I responded to "build long-term competitive teams in a small market are looking for a needle in a haystack." "Windows" is not a viable management model for any franchise, whether its the poor, middle class, or rich. That was a model tried in the 90s that bled into the early part of this decade, e.g. 90s Indians, pre-Moneyball A's. I don't think anyone is actively pursuing this model anymore. I'm not even sure how much it was practiced vs. how much it was hindsight "new ballpark, Indians good, must be 'window of opportunity' management model."