The trust fund pukes hire people ten times smarter than themselves, in this case the stat heads, to figure out how to get as much money out of our wallets as possible by giving us the sports – entertainment product we want and therefore deserve. In the case of baseball it reflects a value system which glorifies championships by spitting on the relative smaller success of real life like trying to make a positive contribution to our families and those around us even if it can’t be a championship one, and 82 – 80 baseball teams, while ignoring the shamefulness of not even trying to not be terrible.
In 2006 Nate Silver calculated the value of wins to a team’s revenue and showed that a team’s 90th win was worth six times as much as its 78th — and that, in fact, until a team surpasses 80 victories, there is almost no value in winning additional games at all. So if you can’t win over 80 you might as well cut the shit out of your payroll and lose a 100.
In fact, you better do it. All the other trust fund pukes have had this pointed out to them by their stat head minions, and if you don’t the competitive disadvantage will get you the worst of all worlds – a losing team that loses money.
The article below relates some of the background of how this came to be. It starts out by telling how Branch Rickey did something similar with the Pirates in the 50’s, famously telling home run champion Ralph Kiner before trading him “son we can finish last without you”. When it took too long for the Pirates to reap the benefits of his strategy he was forced out of the game his reputation tarnished, while today’s teardown artists are certified geniuses.
And of course it fucking works. See Astros, Royals, Cubs.
Now comes my favorite part in putting together these posts, finding appropriate eye candy. I’m glad it’s going to take a while.
I’ve been looking for something which reflects the spirit of the poor people who periodically pass through my alley looking for usable discarded couches, salable metal scraps etc. I don’t think poor single men do this often, I think these guys are mostly family men trying to improve the lives of their families. That’s the sort of real life small victory that baseball should remember. Not a lot of luck but here’s what I got.
Is that you Slappy?
Is this your trailor?
82 – 80 is much better than 80 – 82 but here’s what even a 80 – 82 year can include. Doesn’t look like it needs a teardown to me.
That’s right Gator, don’t spend one penny on those damn thieving feesh, but don’t lose out on the pleasures of this summer. Remember silly mortal, we’re only allowed so many of them.