Originally posted by M2
You've also heard Minnesota.
Beyond that, Montreal, Florida and San Diego all seem to be on at least equal footing with the Reds.
St. Louis, Colorado and Phoenix have population bases pretty much the same size as the Reds do, yet no one perceives them to be second-class citizens. I understand the reason for that discrepancy isn't JimBo's fault, but that's who I look to when I'm doing a comparison.
I don't really care that the Reds are better than the Pirates, Brewers, Royals, Tigers and Devil Rays. They damn-well better be.
I agree with many of your points. And yes, the St. L and Arizona GMs have historically had a little more margin for error than Bowden.
I understand your point about the bottom feeders, but why would any COMPLETE analysis of small market/small payroll teams exclude the Royals, Brewers, Pirates, etc. They are small markets, and have historically been small payroll teams.