Originally Posted by The Rage
lol. The Reds payroll between 85-89 was the same rank as Lindner's 2001-05 era. It was low. Cast does not spend big on the team. His biggest move was getting Chapman, something Lindner would have done himself. Jocketty hasn't done to much either and has been defeated on the Latos and Rolen deals so far.
Wanting to win and being in position to win are 2 different things. Lindner's biggest flaw was thinking Bowden was cool. When Bowden got fired the Reds brought in Bailey,Cueto,Bruce,Phillips and Arroyo in less than 3 years. Joey Votto was the only Bowden leftover.
But keep on thinking Cast is different. Wanting to win, bleh. Marge wanted to win so bad, she destroyed the Reds organization and set it back for a decade.
First... Marge did win. One series and should have had another during the strike season where they had the best record in baseball but did not make he playoffs. More importantly... For all her faults, one of her priorities was always to keep ticket prices low so families could attend. I believe, but I would have to verify, that every year of her ownership after the first, the reds had the best payroll to ticket price in he majors.
Second, castellini has increased payroll at percentages that far exceed any increases in attendance. Plus in the most recent ltc's he has basically committed to continued increases in payroll for the next 4 years.
You know what... I am going to buy peace and pleasure during game threads How about I search your posts and pick 10 of your negative predictions. If 6 come true I will send you one hundred bucks... But if you bat .500 or less, you promise to pick a new team and leave the deck. Do we have a deal?