There is no joy in SoCal baseball fandom, the mighty local teams have struck out.
So much for the myth that larger spending on player costs automatically translates into victory on the field.
The new Guggenheim ownership group, flush with revenue from a staggering Time-Warner local television contract and their own substantial resources set out to make the Dodgers the shining jewel of a franchise they had been in previous eras. They had
Arte Moreno, the Angels owner, once again moved boldly to keep his team competitive with the
Hamilton is hitting .207 so far with four home runs and 11 runs batted in, and Pujols is hitting .239 with 5 HRs and 20 RBIs and the team is floundering.
The NBA and NFL have salary caps designed to keep some parity in spending. Baseball allows free spending with a luxury tax. The fear has always existed that cities like New York and Los Angeles and Chicago — the largest media markets generating the most revenues — would field dominating teams that would take all the competitive fun out of the sport.
It is clearly true that teams like the
If spending were the total story, the
In 2010, it was the Giants, who spent less than $100 million to the Yankees $206 million.
In 2008, the
It would appear that building a strong Minor League system that produces a consistent flow of young, homegrown stars who stay with a team for their careers is a formula which produces more winning franchises than relying on high spending for aging free agents.
This is the formula the Dodgers won with for years and the Angels relied on to win their only World Series in 2002.