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Bizball: Ranking 10 MLB Relocation and Expansion Markets Shows Why Either is Difficult
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Maury Brown

10-08

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Bizball: Inside 2012 MLB Attendance, Plus Postseason TV Ratings Update
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Maury Brown

03-08

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Painting the Black: The Show Review
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R.J. Anderson

09-20

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The Asian Equation: The Future of the NPB Import Market
by
Michael Street

09-14

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The Lineup Card: Commissioner for a Day
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Baseball Prospectus

08-04

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The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB
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Michael Street

08-29

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Between The Numbers: The PITCHf/x Summit Quasi-Liveblog
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Ben Lindbergh

01-11

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Ahead in the Count: Part 2 of Service-time Contracts and Wins
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Matt Swartz

06-20

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Future Shock: Top 100 Update, The First 50
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Kevin Goldstein

06-19

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Future Shock: Top 100 Update, The Back 50
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Kevin Goldstein

08-19

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Lies, Damned Lies: Slotto Bonanzas, Part Two
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Nate Silver

03-12

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The Ledger Domain: Not a Done Deal...Yet
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Maury Brown

02-06

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Transaction Analysis: NL Central Catchup
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Christina Kahrl

01-30

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Transaction Analysis: AL East Catchup
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Christina Kahrl

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: American League, December 15, 2005-February 13, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Easts
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins
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Doug Pappas

04-06

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Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins
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Doug Pappas

01-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Wests
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Baseball Prospectus

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: The Centrals
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Baseball Prospectus

04-03

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The Numbers (Part Eight)
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Doug Pappas

01-07

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Transaction Analysis: December 2-28
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Dave Pease and Christina Kahrl

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February 6, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: NL Central Catchup

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Christina Kahrl

With the way the offseason has gone in baseball's six-team division, don't be surprised to see the defending champs looking up in the standings come October for the first time in four years.

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January 30, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL East Catchup

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Christina Kahrl

The Orioles forget to look at the sell-by date, the Blue Jays lock up their franchise player, the Devil Rays move stealthily along at the bottom, and those two other teams bring Japanese players to America for Christmas.

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Christina Kahrl has a special baseball Valentine just for you: a wrap-up of the American League's offseason transactions.

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February 14, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Easts

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Christina Kahrl

TA is back with a look at what teams in the AL East and NL East did this winter.

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After the 1991 season, Commissioner Fay Vincent used his annual State of the Game address to declare: "The present salary situation is out of hand and small-market franchises cannot compete in this environment." This in a year when the Minnesota Twins won the World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates won their second of three consecutive NL East titles, and the Yankees finished 20 games under .500! In fact, of the four division winners, only Pittsburgh had even the third-highest payroll in its division. Toronto and Minnesota ranked fourth, while Atlanta ranked fifth.

Table 14. Marginal Payroll/Marginal Win, 1990

Team W L Pct Marg 8/31 MLB Marginal Marginal $/ Wins Payroll Payroll Marginal Win Baltimore 76 85 0.472 27.9 $8,087,702 $5,287,702 $189,713 Boston 88 74 0.543 39.4 $22,848,698 $20,048,698 $508,850 Cleveland 77 85 0.475 28.4 $15,394,298 $12,594,298 $443,461 Detroit 79 83 0.488 30.4 $17,848,737 $15,048,737 $495,024 Milwaukee 74 88 0.457 25.4 $18,453,999 $15,653,999 $616,299 NY Yankees 67 95 0.414 18.4 $20,592,948 $17,792,948 $967,008 Toronto 86 76 0.531 37.4 $18,193,500 $15,393,500 $411,591 California 80 82 0.494 31.4 $21,960,389 $19,160,389 $610,203 Chi WSox 94 68 0.580 45.4 $11,462,310 $8,662,310 $190,800 Kansas City 75 86 0.466 26.9 $23,617,090 $20,817,090 $774,854 Minnesota 74 88 0.457 25.4 $14,162,299 $11,362,299 $447,335 Oakland 103 59 0.636 54.4 $22,669,834 $19,869,834 $365,254 Seattle 77 85 0.475 28.4 $12,591,199 $9,791,199 $344,761 Texas 83 79 0.512 34.4 $12,803,035 $10,003,035 $290,786 Chi Cubs 77 85 0.475 28.4 $13,831,702 $11,031,702 $388,440 Montreal 84 77 0.522 35.9 $16,472,220 $13,672,220 $380,611 NY Mets 91 71 0.562 42.4 $22,229,333 $19,429,333 $458,239 Phldelphia 77 85 0.475 28.4 $14,156,000 $11,356,000 $399,859 Pittsburgh 95 67 0.586 46.4 $15,550,000 $12,750,000 $274,784 St. Louis 70 92 0.432 21.4 $19,647,498 $16,847,498 $787,266 Atlanta 65 97 0.401 16.4 $14,188,833 $11,388,833 $694,441 Cincinnati 91 71 0.562 42.4 $15,819,728 $13,019,728 $307,069 Houston 75 87 0.463 26.4 $18,229,781 $15,429,781 $584,461 LA 86 76 0.531 37.4 $20,943,107 $18,143,107 $485,110 San Diego 75 87 0.463 26.4 $16,718,332 $13,918,332 $527,210 San Fran 85 77 0.525 36.4 $22,456,224 $19,656,224 $540,006

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As the owners and players jockeyed toward another mid-season labor showdown, the owner of one of MLB's least efficient teams sought to set the record straight. Bud Selig announced: "The fact is, there are staggering cash operating losses in major league baseball today. ...The enormous cost increase in player salaries is, by far, the biggest reason baseball has dire economic problems. Any charge other than that is clearly and totally unsubstantiated by the economic facts as they exist today." MLB figures released after the season put the total of those "staggering cash operating losses" at less than 1% of revenue. In fact, player salaries had doubled since 1981. So had MLB's revenue, as cable TV became an increasingly important source of income. Owners who reinvested their rights fees in payroll helped create a $300,000 gap between the major league minimum and the average salary. As the Braves and Pirates demonstrated, badly-run franchises could now waste more money than ever before.

Table 9. Marginal Payroll/Marginal Win, 1985

Team W L Pct Marg 8/31 Marg Marg $/ Wins Payroll Payroll Marg Win Baltimore 83 78 0.516 34.9 $12,371,429 $10,691,429 $306,208 Boston 81 81 0.500 32.4 $11,080,695 $9,400,695 $290,145 Cleveland 60 102 0.370 11.4 $6,623,133 $4,943,133 $433,608 Detroit 84 77 0.522 35.9 $10,850,643 $9,170,643 $255,295 Milwaukee 71 90 0.441 22.8 $12,216,965 $10,536,965 $461,318 NY Yankees 97 64 0.602 49.0 $15,398,047 $13,718,047 $279,946 Toronto 99 62 0.615 51.0 $11,800,281 $10,120,281 $198,379 California 90 72 0.556 41.4 $11,559,593 $9,879,593 $238,638 Chi WSox 85 77 0.525 36.4 $9,849,689 $8,169,689 $224,442 Kansas City 91 71 0.562 42.4 $11,754,512 $10,074,512 $237,606 Minnesota 77 85 0.475 28.4 $7,238,667 $5,558,667 $195,728 Oakland 77 85 0.475 28.4 $10,008,823 $8,328,823 $293,268 Seattle 74 88 0.457 25.4 $5,549,870 $3,869,870 $152,357 Texas 62 99 0.385 13.8 $8,101,222 $6,421,222 $465,809 Chi Cubs 77 84 0.478 28.9 $13,478,225 $11,798,225 $408,550 Montreal 84 77 0.522 35.9 $10,195,246 $8,515,246 $237,050 NY Mets 98 64 0.605 49.4 $11,013,714 $9,333,714 $188,942 Phldelphia 75 87 0.463 26.4 $11,785,445 $10,105,445 $382,782 Pittsburgh 57 104 0.354 8.8 $10,223,945 $8,543,945 $976,001 St. Louis 101 61 0.623 52.4 $10,441,639 $8,761,639 $167,207 Atlanta 66 96 0.407 17.4 $14,771,382 $13,091,382 $752,378 Cincinnati 89 72 0.553 41.0 $9,258,848 $7,578,848 $185,063 Houston 83 79 0.512 34.4 $10,153,335 $8,473,335 $246,318 LA 95 67 0.586 46.4 $11,970,412 $10,290,412 $221,776 San Diego 83 79 0.512 34.4 $9,801,052 $8,121,052 $236,077 San Fran 62 100 0.383 13.4 $7,777,945 $6,097,945 $455,071

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January 16, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Wests

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Baseball Prospectus

The Angels go on a spending spree. The Dodgers frustrate their fans. The A's wheel and deal. The Padres are bullish about 2004. Our tour of major league transactions continues with a visit out West.

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January 13, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Centrals

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Baseball Prospectus

Our tour of major-league transactions continues with a visit to the Central divisions.

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Add Forbes to the ever-growing list of those who don't believe MLB's cries of poverty.

The April 15 issue of Forbes contains the magazine's annual survey of MLB's finances. Michael Ozanian has been compiling these surveys since 1991, first for the now-defunct Financial World and since 1998 for Forbes. Forbes, based on 2001 performance the average Major League Baseball franchise is now worth $286 million, an increase of 10% since 2000. Moreover, the present owners of MLB clubs have seen the value of their investments appreciate an average of 12% a year. These are hardly the hallmarks of an industry in dire financial straits.

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Re-signed pitcher Jack McDowell and infielder Randy Velarde to one-year contracts. Signed infielder Craig Shipley to a minor-league contract. [12/7]

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