Thursday, February 22, 2007

In Advance...

...of my bare knuckles brawl this weekend with Scot McKnight (and his Cubbies proxy, Luke):

Cubs 2006 total payroll: $94,424,499

Cubs 2006 W-L record: 66-96

Cubs dollars spent per win: $1,430,674

Twins 2006 total payroll: $63,396,006

Twins 2006 W-L record: 96-66

Twins dollars spent per win: $660,375

That's a 2.1:1 ratio.

And, what does 2007 hold in store? Well, the Cubbies hired the washed-up, peripatetic manager Lou Pinella for $3.25 million, whereas the Twins continue to employ baseball genius and team loyalist Ron Gardenhire for $1.25 million. The Cubbies will pay $12.4 million to keep over-hyped Carlos Zambrano around for one more year, whereas the Twins signed hometown hero Joe Mauer $33 million to stick around for four years. I could go on and on. But one thing is clear: the Cubs haven't gotten the message that throwing money at the problem isn't the answer. Whatever magic Andy McPhail had in Minnesota, he has lost in Chicago.

Read it and weep, McKnights!


Blogger Chris Stuk said...

Statistics, statistics...
Games that 2005 MVP candidate Derrick Lee played in in 2006: 50 (48 less than Tori Hunter)
Amount the Twins payed Johan Santana in 2006: $8.75 mil
Wins Santana had: 19 for a $460,526 avg.
Avg for Big Z in 2006:$406,250
Big Z is two years younger and has comparable numbers over the last 5 years, while having to actually run bases and hit the ball himself - where he actually makes an impact as well.
We may not have won a World Series in a while (I think it is a conspiracy to win in 2008 - so it is a century), at least we are trying... unlike the Twins ability to consistently get to the postseason and lose early.

Besides, we have a lot more money (thank you WGN), so why wouldn't we spend it (finally we are). Pinella may be old and may be washed-up, but Lord knows he's better than Dusty!

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Gerry Hart said...

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10:48 AM  
Blogger tony said...

Gerry, I've moved your comment to the God's Politics blog, since that is the appropriate place for it.

11:33 AM  
Blogger justfranks said...

all i am going to say is Go Cards!!

2:55 PM  
Blogger EL MOL said...

justin morneau

5:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Stuk said...

Oh yeah, and Sidney Ponson, are you serious?

8:10 PM  
Blogger Cathryn said...

Wanted to say THANK YOU... and that your heart.. which is HUGE was felt! Really enjoyed it... it was a full rich cabernet... so i'm toasting ya in the Spirit - Thank you for the honor of being able to speak from my heart space. It's a Huge Kingdom... and you have a big Phat Sword in your hand. Love it!!
Shalom to the deepest places- Loving Fiercely, Cathryn

3:52 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

oh, tony. if only the twinkies hadn't blown it last year...

why don't we just let the bats do the talking, huh? we can see who comes out on top in october.

go cubbies.

12:22 PM  

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