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Old 05-27-2008, 11:15 AM   #631
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the tampa bay rays, the florida marlins and the oakland a's... the three lowest paying teams in baseball with a combined payroll of $113,240,123 dollars... have a combined record of 89-63, and are in first place, first place, and second place.

the new york yankees, new york mets and detroit tigers... the three highest paying teams with a combined payroll of $481,790,061 dollars... have a combined record of 69-82, and are in last place, second to last, and second to last.

gotta love it.

the five highest paid teams in baeball
1. NY Yankees 207,108,489 - 5th place
2. NY Mets 137,391,376 - 4th place
3. Detroit 137,290,196 - 4th place
4. Boston 133,220,112 - 2nd place
5. Chicago Sox 121,189,332 - 1st place

the five lowest paid teams in baseball
26. Washington 54,166,000 - 5th place
27. Pittsburgh 48,689,783 -4th place
28. Oakland 47,167,126 - 2nd place
29. Tampa Bay 43,422,997 - 1st place
30. Florida 22,650,000 - 1st place
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:29 AM   #632
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Yeah that is interesting but the Marlins and Rays will eventually lose their divisions to the Mets and Red Sox, who are both in that top 5 payroll category.
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Yeah that is interesting but the Marlins and Rays will eventually lose their divisions to the Mets and Red Sox, who are both in that top 5 payroll category.
i agree that the marlins will eventually sputter, i don't agree about the rays. forget about the name on the shirt and just look at that roster up and down and that's a good, quality team, certainly capable of finishing the season above .500 in the 85 to 90 win range. that won't win the division, but it'll make things interesting into september, and may keep them in contention for the wild card. i also fully expect the white sox to drop out of first place, but i don't think it'll be the tigers who replace them, rather the indians, with the twins in 2nd.

the mets right now aren't going anywhere. right now the next savior is apparently jose valentin, who has a "calming effect" on jose reyes and the clubhouse. so yea, that's all you need to know about that.

doesn't matter how much talent you have if your talent is a bunch of pansy asses.
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I also agree that the Rays aren't going anywhere for a while. They won't make the playoffs, but they'll give plenty of teams fits.
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i think they'll stay in contention for the wild card late into september... and if things fall the right way they could win it.

the question, of course, will be this... come august 31st, with tampa still in contention, will they be willing to increase their payroll by adding in another player who could push them over the top?
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i also fully expect the white sox to drop out of first place, but i don't think it'll be the tigers who replace them, rather the indians, with the twins in 2nd.
the chi-town white sox and the cleveland indians will be fighting for first place deep into September. They are the teams with the strongest defense in the AL central...pitching being the first line of defense, of course. And Carlos Quentin is a beast. A monster. Leave it out over the plate to him and he will fucking crush it. I've never seen a player emerge so swiftly and vividly as a true force in the game. I like to call him Mini-Pujols. Or maybe Qujols.

The twinkies will be nowhere near Sox or Tribe. They can't pitch with Cleveland or the Buzzsaw.
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the chi-town white sox and the cleveland indians will be fighting for first place deep into September. They are the teams with the strongest defense in the AL central...pitching being the first line of defense, of course. And Carlos Quentin is a beast. A monster. Leave it out over the plate to him and he will fucking crush it. I've never seen a player emerge so swiftly and vividly as a true force in the game. I like to call him Mini-Pujols. Or maybe Qujols.

The twinkies will be nowhere near Sox or Tribe. They can't pitch with Cleveland or the Buzzsaw.
There is a rumor that before Paciorek left Chicago, he and Hawk Harrelson sort of.....consumated....their relationship. Are you the result of their coupling?
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There is a rumor that before Paciorek left Chicago, he and Hawk Harrelson sort of.....consumated....their relationship. Are you the result of their coupling?
Yes. Hawk Harrelson is my biological father. But to be honest with you, I don't know who the other partner was. I don't think it was Wimpy Paciorek.

There are whispers that Hawk and Michael Stipe used to drink Chardonnay together on summer nights down in Georgia. I could have been conceived there...
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Rays are in for the long haul. Marlins are doing it with smoke and mirrors though, and that coach is bound to turn pumpkin sooner or later. A's will go as far as Harden's arm takes them I suppose...not sure they have the horses to actually win anything but they'll hang around if Harden stays healthy.

I didn't realize the Sox had fallen to 4th in payroll, makes sense with the young players they have but it still looks funny to see.
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I actually knew Hawk Harrelson's kid when I was growing up. Lived in the same town. Not close friends or anything, but knew him, was a year ahead of him in school. Never met the Hawk though.
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Yeah that is interesting but the Marlins and Rays will eventually lose their divisions to the Phillies and Red Sox, who are both in that top 5 payroll category.
Fixed that for you. The Mets ain't goin' anywhere this year.
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not as long as willie randolph is still managing them they aren't.

the phillies may win the nl east by default, much like last season... but they certainly have no shot at winning a world championship.
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At this point, I wonder if any team in the NL has a shot.
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D-Backs and Cubbies both look pretty good thus far.
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