Originally Posted by Hitmen77
Ah, the old argument that, unless the Yankees and Red Sox never ever ever....ever! have one bad season, there is no merit to pointing out the correlation between their sky-high payroll and their nearly annual playoff appearances. Sorry, I think pointing to the 2012 Red Sox or 2013 Yankees as great examples of the hardships these teams can endure is simply misleading.
Yes, there are definitely bad 2013 teams with high payroll and bad/expensive contracts to be found on that list. The Phillies are way up there. That'll always be the case. Still doesn't mean we can't call a spade a spade when it comes to the perpetual success of ESPN's favorite teams.
I haven't watched ESPN in years, so I don't know if or why that would even be relevant. And I don't believe people pointing to the 2012 Red Sox or the 2013 Angels, for that matter or numerous other teams in numerous other years are at all misleading.
I just don't believe payroll is as big an issue as some insist on making it out to be.