Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Good article. There's a lot of truth in it. While we Reds fans can be jealous, it's hard not to admire what the Cardinals have done. At the same time, Cards fans should acknowledge that they owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Jocketty (who hired LaRussa/Duncan, etc., etc.).
Small detail to the success and luck of the organization.....the team payroll has averaged 91.15M
since 2001, while the Rojos have averaged 64M.
Having a payroll that on average is 42% really makes baseball a little easier.
The Reds payroll this year is 83M.....same as the Cardinals, in 2003!
If I was SI....I might be writing an article about the Reds blueprint wondering how they had such glowing success over the last 3.5 years.....as they've won 297 games to the Cards 295....yet done it by spending 105 MILLION
dollars less than the Cardinals over that time.
Oh, and did I mention 2 division titles as well.
The Cards have been able to tremendously overpay over the years....and rode a horse through playoffs in pitching. There is your blueprint.