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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The payroll payoff

Big Al comprehensively covered the hand-wringing (from the mainstream media, anyway) over DEE-troit BAS-ketball suddenly being in a series with the LeBrons. As I said in response, the Pistons seem like a student blowing off a class because he or she already knows the material, only to get serious when exams come around. They need to create supposedly difficult situations to motivate themselves. I think we all still expect the Pistons to ace this exam.

So how about a lunch-time feel-good post? This was sent, once again, from the FRT New York bureau. (My friend, Mis Hooz, must want a raise. Keep holding your hand out, sister.)

Courtesy of Ben Fry, here's a handy-dandy diagram of the baseball teams that are doing the most with their money so far in 2006.

As you can (partially) see from the (partial) image capture, as of May 15, Detroit has the second-best record in Major League Baseball with the 13th-highest payroll - $83 million.

Today, that value's even better, as the Tigers are tied with the White Sox for the best record in the majors. (If you go to the site, you can follow how the values have changed throughout the season so far.) And if I'm reading this chart correctly, only the Cardinals are getting more for their player costs.

(I suppose it could be figured out which team is truly getting the best value, but there's a reason I was an English major in college.)

(And I can't find the link, but I believe the $83 million payroll is the highest the franchise has ever had. Nice to see it's finally paying off. I think the Free Press' Jon Paul Morosi makes that point here.)

Does that make you feel any better about spending eight bucks on a beer at the CoPa? Me either. But I'll try to tell myself that this weekend.



  • At May 17, 2006 3:03 PM, Blogger the sports dude said…

    Looking at that chart I rather like Houston - straight shot across, is that good or something?

    The Tigers are definitely pleasant to watch for a change, that is for sure, should be interesting to see if they are there at the end of July what Dave will do before the trade deadline... jump now or just relax and look toward the future and not risk prospects?

    I wish I could concentrate more on the Tigers right now but my damn stomach is too twisted with the crap the Pistons are doing to me.

  • At May 17, 2006 3:14 PM, Blogger Big Al said…

    If the Tigers stay in contention for at least the wild card, and so far, that looks like a given, I'd expect payroll to rise.

    The Tigers need a big LH bat. Dmeat is not the solution. I would expect, as we've read in the MSM from the likes of Mlive's Danny Knobler, that the Tigers will be buyers, not sellers, at the deadline.

    Isn't that nice to contemplate?

  • At May 17, 2006 4:51 PM, Blogger Leelanau Sports Guy said…

    Oh yeah, DD will be earning his money at the trade deadline this year!


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