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    bicyclemike
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    Does Nate know that our very own St. Louis Cardinals have the highest payroll number in the NL Central division this year?

    Management has certainly made mistakes in player evaluation, but they have consistently worked to put a winning club on the field. Obviously all teams have, or at least should have, two main goals each year. One is to be financially sound, and the other is to put out a good product. The Cardinals do this really well.

    #182426
    LACardFan
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    Having the highest payroll in the NL Central isn’t a high bar. The only team that should have a higher payroll is Chicago.

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    jj-cf-stl
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    2020 & 2021 stl opening day payroll ranked 10th of 30 teams (Cots). STL ranks 12th this season currently.

    I suppose Arb cases still pending is why 2022 totals are listed as “estimated”.

    Pirates currently 28th.

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    bicyclemike
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    Having the highest divisional payroll may not be a high bar, depending on your division, but it is a factor to success. You want to compete against your peers, because the post season structure is such that winning your division is the most important goal of the long season.

    Last year we had a better record than Atlanta, but they won their division and got hot in post season to take the prize.

    Where Nate misses the point a little is his insistence on winning the World Series is the only measure of success. Obviously that is your ultimate goal, but in today’s game with divisions and wild cards, you need to be good enough to get to the post season. Being the best team in the league over the regular season is not a guarantee of a championship.

    Now I do think MLB needs to change their post season structure. Last year it should have been set up so that in theory the Dodgers and Giants could have faced each other in the NLCS. Regular season record should be a consideration in seeding.

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