Stuff bouncing around my brain as I wonder how we might contract by 30
owners, not two:
- I’ve been reading about how
are going to lose $50 million this year, and how they’re going to suffer
in the future because of all the deferred money they have to pay, stretching
This is another example of the creative accounting so popular in baseball.
The D’backs’ actual payroll outlay this year is around $50 million because
of the deferrals. That makes it hard to lose $50 million, especially
with at least seven postseason home games. Yes, they will have to pay some
of their players long after their playing days are through, but that just
means that in 2001, they’re going to turn a tidy profit.
Using the contract-value payroll figure for 2001, then also counting much of
that money in the future, is dishonest. Not that we should expect
differently from MLB, its owners, or its media mouthpieces.
- This kind of lying occurs against the backdrop of contraction, which is
a bad idea on its face, but even worse when you consider the timing of the
story. Does baseball even have anyone with a marketing background
smart enough to say, "Hey, shut the hell up about this and let the
World Series be the story!"
Once again, MLB and the owners are so concerned about where their next
dollar is coming from, and establishing position in negotiations with the
players, that they’d rather continue their anti-marketing campaign against
the game. Hey guys, stop planting stories and let the spotlight shine on
RJ and Schill and Jeet and Yankee Stadium and all the
greatness of October baseball.
- I was up late last night, and came across the move "Major
League" on television. You remember that one, right? It was about a
baseball team so bad that its owner wanted it to lose so no one would attend
and she could move it to a city in a warmer climate. To heighten the
absurdity, the screenwriters picked the most hapless, downtrodden, joke of a
team they could find in the early 1990s.
The Cleveland Indians.
- I could go on, but people smarter than me are saying it better than I
Huckabay has a column here on contraction, while
Keith Law takes
it on at ESPN.com. I encourage you to read both piece and to think
about them every time Bud Selig speaks.
- I know you were all waiting, so here’s the scoop: yes, she’s kind of a
real teacher, and yes, he’s a real student.
- Here’s a prediction: if the Yankees win tonight, Curt Schilling will
pitch Game Four for the D’backs. Otherwise, Miguel Batista will get
the start. If Schilling starts and wins, Batista will pitch Game Five, with
Randy Johnson held back for Game Six. If Schilling starts and loses,
Johnson will pitch Game Five. Now that he’s up 2-0 I don’t think Brenly will
allow the Yankees to tie or take the lead in the series without going
through one or both of his aces.
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