baseball season starts tomorrow night.. nobody told me this, stranger yet is that the astros are in the AL. i've been so caught up in the tourny and michigan basketball that i didn't notice. anybody really excited for the start of baseball season?
baseball season starts tomorrow
the astros are in the AL? I forgot about that. b/t that and the realignment in college sports, IDK WTF is up anymore
They were sold last off-season (2011-12). The move was allegedly a condition of the sale, imposed by MLB.
Oh, and they're going to be HIDEOUS this year. Don't be surprised if they lose 110+.
...rather astonishingly cheap. Here's a list of team payrolls courtesy of Deadspin. There are slides on this page which show individual salaries by team. The Astros will be heading into the season with a payroll just a shade over $24 million, about $5 million of which is leftover salary for Wandy Rodriguez. Only eight players on the Astros' roster making $500,000 or more, and only 4 making more than $1 million.
Of course, payroll and success aren't necessarily correlated, but I think only the Marlins have managed to get it near this low in recent history.
I don't even think the Marlins came close to this low.
You don't have to spend $200 mil to contend, but at this point I don't think you can compete at anything much under $50-60 mil, and certainly not under $30, which is where Houston is now.
I believe there was a year where their payroll was lower than ARod.
According to this website http://www.stevetheump.com/Payrolls.htm#2005payroll their 2006 opening day payroll was less than 15 million and in 2008 it was about 22
Don't forget the reallignment in the NHL with Detroit switching conferences...crazy
I'm pumped to see what this Tigers team can do. Hopefully we live up to the hype and come out rolling
Don't believe it. Wtf?
I for one am very excited about my Braves. It'll be tough to replace Chipper and the most complete team in baseball probably (the Nationals) plays in our division, but it's tough not to get pumped about the potential of the Uptons x 2 in combination with Heyward, Simmons, Freeman, etc. Not to mention seeing Tehran in the big leagues after dominating Spring Training. We'll probably set a new NL record for SO, but we'll hit a ton of bombs as well.
As for my 2nd favorite team, the Tigers should really have no problem running away with the Central, but it's a treat to watch talent like Verlander, Cabrera, and Fielder play every day. Not too long ago, this team was absolutely terrible and the great fans of Detroit deserve an awesome team like this.
Also completely unrelated, but screw the Phillies. Hope you enjoy the best 3rd place finish money can buy.
Less excited about my Dodgers. They've become Yankees West and now are supposed to win. Wha?
You haven't seen anything yet with the Dodgers. They're about to out-Yankee the Yankees when it comes to spending.
We already are, more or less.
Greinke can at least pitch...hell of a price for a #2.
Crawford, Gonzalez, Beckett...three brutal contracts. Gonzalez the best but very good, not great. Unknown Korean guy,
We were getting warmed up when they gave Uribe 10m / year. Don't get me started on Ethier.
And the money really does take a lot of the fun out of it. LA is expected to win...
i live in southern pennsylvania so last year was a major surprise with the orioles having a winning season and going into the playoffs. not sure what to think or expect this season
Question for you Tiger fans. Do you think they're showcasing Porcello so that they can trade him for a closer? I drafted Drew Smyly because I think he has the stuff to be a good starter but I need him to find a way to get in there. Long reliever isn't going to cut it.
I don't think so. First, Porcello pitched really well in Lakeland, beating out Smyly on merit. Secondly, and much more importantly from my vantage point, a team needs 7-8 starters over the course of the year. Last year Scherzer, Fister and Smyly all spent time on the DL, or had to miss starts, and someone needed to make up those innings. After Porcello, there simply aren't many palatable options, unless you're in a hurry to see the Duane Below and Casey Crosby Show.
Tigers just need to win his year. I don't think Ilitch can handle another disappointment. But I am ready for another year of playing up and. Down to our competition, turning iton in August, more of Leylands odd choices and his ignorance over OBP
And spring brings hope for my Cubs and Royals. More for the Royals this year, though. Nice spring training, but that really doesn't mean a lot.
Wouldn't surprise me to see the Royals finish 2nd this year. Good things are on the horizon for them.
As for the Cubs, at least they aren't the Marlins. Sorry, but that's the only nice thing I can say about that team this year.
Very pumped. Had my draft yesterday and ended up with far more low-power guys than I had hoped, but am happy with my rotation.
And Verlander versus Vance Worley to start the season? Eat 'em up Tigers, eat 'em up.