Thursday, April 27, 2006


In light of Delmon Young's flip-out on a minor league umpire last night I feel the need to share video of one of the greatest flip-outs of all time. Former Boston Red Sox prospect Izzy Alcantara...


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Playoff Teams

The evaulation of payroll and winning baseball continues. The following is a list of the 40 playoff teams over the last 5 years and their MLB payroll rank.

2005 rank avg - 8
St. Louis 6
San Diego 16
Houston 12
Atlanta 10
Anaheim 4
New York 1
Boston 2
Chicago 13

2004 rank avg - 7.8
New York 1
Minnesota 19 (2nd in division)
Boston 2
Anaheim 3
St. Louis 11
Los Angeles 7
Houston 12
Atlanta 8

2003 rank avg - 12.5
New York 1
Minnesota 19 (1st in division)
Boston 6
Oakland 24
Florida 27
San Francisco 9
Chicago 10
Atlanta 4

2002 rank avg - 13.125
Anaheim 15
New York 1
Minnesota 27
Oakland 28
San Francisco 10
Atlanta 7
St. Louis 13
Arizona 4

2001 rank avg - 10.75
New York 1
Oakland 29
Seattle 11
Cleveland 5
Arizona 8
St. Louis 9
Atlanta 6
Houston 17

5 year average payroll rank of MLB playoff team - 10.43
- Without Oakland, rank average - 8.7

There has been one team (2003 FLA) outside of Oak and Minn to make the playofffs with a payroll below #17, with only 4 teams below #13 in the last 5 years. So how do you make the playoffs witha below average payroll?
1. Play in a league with all low payrolls (AL Cental)
2. Be fortunate and draft/develop many young arms and have most of them pan out and have most every trade/FA signing be solid. (Oak, Fla)
3. Have some "flash in the pan" success (Florida) but then force disbandment due to lack of funds in the future (derek lee, mike lowell, josh beckett, jaun pierre, aj burnett, ivan rodriguez, ugueth urbina, carl pavano, brad penny)


World Series Winners

Continuing my examination of payroll and winning, the following is the list of World Series winners and how their payrolls ranked in MLB and/or in their league.

2005 Chicago 13th (5th AL, 1st AL central)
2004 Boston 2nd
2003 Florida 25th
2002 Anaheim 15th (6th in AL, 2nd AL west)
2001 Arizona 8th (3rd in NL)
2000 New York 1st
1999 New York 1st
1998 New York 1st

Comments: 5 or last 8 in top 8 in MLB in payrol. 7 or 8 in top half of MLB payroll. Concerning the 3 teams out of the top 8:
2002 Anaheim - Many contracts were back-end heavy. As such, by 2004 they were 3rd in MLB in total payroll.
2005 Chicago - similar to Anaheim of '02; one year after WS victory, payroll is #4 in MLB, up $27 million from last year.
2003 Florida - Most interesting case, really caught lightening in a bottle. Developed a team via trades, free agency, farm system - a combination of smart moves and good fortune. Unfortunately for Fish fans, the money game (FA, ballpark revenue, etc.) caught up with them, the list of players that they could not afford and lost/had to trade looks like this: Mike Lowell, Derek Lee, Carl Pavano, Josh Beckett, AJ Burnett, Ivan Rodriguez, Ugueth Urbina, Jaun Pierre, Brad Penny...


Money & Standings - Part I

There is an ongoing argument in baseball concerning money and payroll and its effect on winning and losing. It is my belief that money is a necessity to win in MLB, and throughout a series of blogs, I will present my case.

The following is a list of the top ten teams in payroll, and the bottom ten teams in payroll (a link to the figures can be found on the right side of the page) and how these teams are succeeding in the standings. The point: money MAY not buy championships, but it buys opportunity (ie playoff appearances.)

1N.Y. Yankees - 2nd al east (behind #2)
2Boston - 1st al east
3Los Angeles Angels - 1st al west
4Chicago White Sox - 1st al central
5New York Mets - 1st nl east
6Los Angeles Dodgers - 3rd nl west
7Chicago Cubs - 4th nl central
8Houston - 1st nl central
9Atlanta - 2nd nl east (behind #5)
10San Francisco - 1st(tie) nl west

21Oakland - 3rd al west
22Cincinnati - 2nd nl central
23Arizona - last nl west
24Cleveland - 3rd al central
25Milwaukee - 5th nl central (in front of #27)
26Kansas City - last al central
27Pittsburgh - last nl central
28Colorado - 1st nl west
29Tampa Bay - last al eat
30Florida last - last nl east

Comments: The top ten is fairly status quo. The Cubs have been hit hard by injuries again (Wood, Prior, Lee). The Dodgers continue to mis-spend. The remaining 8 are in the best positions possible! As for the bottom ten, they own 5 of 6 last place slots (Seattle, #12, last al west). Colorodo is overachieving, likely will fall soon; Oakland is 1/2 game out of last and 2 games out of 1st; biggest surprise is Cincy, though they will probably be passed by St. Louis today and drop to 3rd.


Friday, April 07, 2006


The San Fancisco treat? The way the home fans reacted to Barry Bonds, it must be.

As Bonds stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first inning for his first home AB of the season, the Giants faithful stood and gave Barroid a resounding ovation.

I would have been okay with a majority cheer. Something greater than a golf clap, but less than an ovation, with a scattering of boos. After all, regardless of what Bonds has done to himself and to baseball, he still plays for the Giants, and I cannot blame Giants Fan for wanting to win. Frankly, if I was a San Fran supporter, I too might bury my head in the sand of ignorance and offer up a hand. But a standing O?

A standing ovation is reserved for occurances of extra recognition. For instances, a record breaking achievement, a return from injury, a career finale, etc. So what was the city of San Fancisco cheering for? Were they cheering because Game of Shadows is a best-seller? Were they cheering because Bonds' hat size went up again? Well, I have two guesses.

One, they were cheering steroids. The fans of the SF Giants support rampant steroid use and cheating in baseball.

Two, they were cheering for Bonds to offer him support in face of what they percieve as extraordinary adversity. In addition, as fellow blogger Carson said, they were "responding to the poor treatment and negativity he recieved in San Diego." And I agree with that. But what this tells me about San Francisco fans is that they are idiots. They are seeing and responding to the actions, but looking past the cause. They seem to be ignoring the overwhelming evidence of Bonds' steroid use. Either that, or reason number one is right, and they are supporting it. Throwing a syringe is wrong, but repeatedly plunging one into your ass to inject HGH/Winstrol/Cow Roids/etc thereby developing extraordinary strength and subsequently breaking HR records is okay. Total and utter hypcrisy.

Regardless of team loyalty and rooting interest, no real baseball fan should support the actions of Barry Bonds. He is not your son, San Francisco, the laws of unconditional love does not apply.
Save the standing O's for real accomplishments.