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That money ball article is pretty funny. Ny favorites:"To a large degree," Howe said, discussing the playoff success of wild-card teams, "I think they have less pressure on them when they get into the postseason because no one expects them to go far, and they have a chip on their shoulder so they play harder."Aside from the obvious lunacy of that statement its funny coming from Howe - who coached a WC team in OAK but I guess they couldn't turn it up.and then at the end, when Chass adds (On the Jays who just got a bit more scary by adding Molina):"As for cheaper, the Blue Jays' payroll last season was $46 million, down from $65 million the year before Ricciardi took over. But this year, Ricciardi is operating on a budget $25 million higher, which means the Blue Jays won't be cheaper than they were when he interviewed with Godfrey."Well okay, I guess on the surface their payroll is $6MM higher than 4 years ago - but what about compared to league average? Or even in relation to the revenues which are sky rocketing (Satellite, increased TV money, not to mention the CAD $$ has strengthened in that time).Oh wait, I should not be expecting any kind of real journalism from Murray.This post could have been titled Chasshole Watch, Part XV.
Good call. Correction has been made.