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    Bill Simmons...

    in his latest column keeping a blog of Dice-K's first start sums up the frustration of all "small market" baseball teams...

    11:10 -- Our first look at Kansas City starter: Zack Greinke, whose career nearly got derailed by an anxiety disorder last season. That's really the difference between the Sox and Royals in a nutshell: When the Sox need a No. 3 starter, they can just say "screw it" and spend $103 million on the best Japanese pitcher alive. When the Royals need a No. 3 starter, they roll the dice with a guy battling an anxiety disorder. These are the things that happen when a professional sports league decides against a salary cap.
    On a related note, good start for Greinke today....glad to see it...well-thought of in the Orlando area and has many folks hoping he'll make it all the way back, and then some...


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    Re: Bill Simmons...

    Quote Originally Posted by coachw513 View Post
    in his latest column keeping a blog of Dice-K's first start sums up the frustration of all "small market" baseball teams...



    On a related note, good start for Greinke today....glad to see it...well-thought of in the Orlando area and has many folks hoping he'll make it all the way back, and then some...
    This coming from the guy that loves the NBA lol. He's insane.

    Put me down as hating salary caps in any sport.
    This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.

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    Re: Bill Simmons...

    The problem with NOT having a cap, is that eventually, even the richest teams start to figure things out. Take the poster child of rich teams, the Yankees.

    Only recently, say the last 5-10 years, have they started to realize the importance of building from within. When you home grow Jeter, Rivera, Cano, Posada, Williams AND have the payroll flexibility to acquire Giambi's and ARod's, it almost guarantee's you a spot in the post season. The Red Sox have yet to come to this conclusion as it is tough to name their top tier talent with the big club, that started in their organization. Papelbon is about it. That's a model that is tough to sustain success with. And lo and behold, the Red Sox missed out on the post season last year. So they bought Dice-K. Still, it leaves them little margin for error unless Jon Lester's health is solid.

    But for teams like KC, Pittsburgh, and even the Reds to a point, It's ALL in how you spend it. The A's have been very successful in getting to the post season on a low payroll. The Marlins tear it down every few years, usuall just after they win a WS. Right now they have incredible young talent at the major league level. The Twins seem to do well despite payroll constraints.

    But when large market teams like the Yankees start to emulate the A's and Twins management practices coupled with their non-existant payroll constraints, what chance really does the small market DRays really have?
    Suck it up cupcake.


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