Small money ball. 22 comments


When you bring in your closer in the sixth inning, you either took a time machine back to the 1970s or you are in a world of trouble in actual time.

For the Athletics, it was the latter.

A team with the lowest payroll in baseball—$66 million to start the season, some $16 million less than the year before—was in Desperation Mode in their wild card game. Their seventh-inning guy started the game and gave up two runs after two batters.

It went downhill after that.

The Athletics had their chances early and couldn’t capitalize. So, the Yankees decided to just end the hope.

It’s easy to feel sorry for the poor, money strapped Athletics having to face the rich, money hemorrhaging Yankees. But if you look at the Yankees lineup, and who they have run out day in and day out for most of their 100-win season, you see it’s mostly kids making the major league minimum, or slightly above, and home grown.

Aaron Judge, $622,300. Luke Voit, $545,000. Miguel Andujar, $545,800. Gary Sanchez, $620,400. Gleyber Torres, $545,000. And, of course, the pitcher, Luis Severino, 4604,975. They even left Greg Bird ($582,000) off the wild card game roster.

This wasn’t a lopsided payroll contest, despite the Yankees having a payroll about three times that of the Athletics. It was a matchup of two young teams featuring their next generation of stars. The difference will be, once those stars get expensive, the Athletics will sell them off and the Yankees will pay to keep them.

Both teams have done, successfully, what the Rangers are trying to do. Build from within. The baseball Circle of Life. Always replenishing.

Oakland went from 75 wins and a last place finish in the West, to 97 wins and a second-place finish, really with a young, productive offense. They, too, took the scrap head starter route, but mostly that was to supplement a young, productive rotation (before they all got hurt).

Maybe Texas’s young position players are capable, as a group, of taking that next step forward like Oakland’s did. Maybe they gel. The trouble is, unlike with Oakland, Texas doesn’t have the pitching to take advantage of it. So, this young core the Rangers are so proud of, will simply wilt on the vine. The Circle of Life doesn’t work as as semi-circle.

Unless the Rangers get lucky, get wise, get generous, and get into the free agent pitching pool, Rangers fans will have to be witnessing winning baseball through the keyhole of other teams.

Now, the Yankees go from facing the team with the lowest payroll in baseball to the highest: the Boston Red Sox.

Yankees-Red Sox.

Let the overkill begin.

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  • JacobMcCandles

    What the Yanks have done is remarkable..Have rebuilt while conteding. Pitching comment of the thread is huge…all the retreads Oak got paid off as opposed to us. Burned yet again by our subpar eval

  • JacobMcCandles

    Folty an ex Stro traded for Gattis…players Houston has traded or cut would make a B team better than a third of MLB teams

  • elkaba

    JD’s already talking about next season, the manager search, personnel decisions, etc. He hints that the number one job of the new, “people person” manager will be to get the team to buy in and gel. So we’re back to it’s-all-about-communication, etc. That’s a great idea actually. And the only problem I see is that an organization’s personality develops top down.

    So what we’re really talking about an organization that starts with JD but magically veers off in another direction based on who the manager will be. It’s really about his own personality (think actuarial accountant.) His communication skills (the Sphinx is probably a better communicator and certainly a better judge of talent.) So if JD is looking for better leadership, people skills and communication, what he probably needs most is a really good mirror (and an actual baseball GM.)

    • CrazyEd

      Baseball never ends, it’s a year around sport. The majors take a couple months off, but it’s a year around sport for the minors.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Wanna keep Maz but he carries the most value

  • CrazyEd

    A ltitle look at the future. A quick video of some Wood Duck defence. The player, in the first scene, making the throw to first base is Anderson Tejeda, the SS.

    https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/1015603250681135104

    • JacobMcCandles

      He related to Miguel Tejada?

      • CrazyEd

        I have no idea, all I know is he has a cannon for an arm. That and he’s working on becoming a switch hitter in the instructs.

  • Rollie Fingers

    Its not going to be bad to be paid to watch the NLDS in Denver. I guess working for the Rockies all year paid off

    • CrazyEd

      Guess so! Free things are always good, free baseball is better.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Money unearned is twice as sweet…

        Fast Eddie Felson

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rox and Braves tonight

  • JacobMcCandles

    Yelich is a player….

  • JacobMcCandles

    Brews one hitting the Rox….so much for the garbage of juiced balls

  • JacobMcCandles
  • JacobMcCandles

    Brews trying to give it away…Jeffries prob stoned

    • dearmidol

      Ha. He was certainly hittable. But Yelich is in another zone.

  • dearmidol

    I like listening to Bob Costas.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Just a terrible hair color😎

    • Gregor_S

      He’s my favorite broadcaster. And I can’t figure out why. He doesn’t have a great broadcaster voice, isn’t particularly witty, doesn’t have any trademark phrases. He has a good knowledge of the history of the game but isn’t as good at analyzing game strategy as some of the ex-player broadcasters. But he’s honest, has no artifice, and genuinely loves the game. And I could listen to him forever.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Just loves himself a little to much

  • JacobMcCandles

    Dogs did not bark today….took a mild beating…..classic matchup of Kluber vs Verlander tomorrow at 1