Keep Spending Your Money: Small Market Teams Will Continue to Win

Andrew NorbinContributor IMarch 11, 2009

The other day I read a blog and someone said, "The Minnesota Twins will be a good team if they can score some runs."  I don't know what kind of runs he is talking about, but last I checked, the Twins scored the third most runs in the AL last year.

Too many teams put such a huge price on the most over glorified stat in baseball, the home run. Take the Twins for example, third in runs scored, but 14th in home runs.

Last year the Detroit Tigers spent $138,685,197 on their payroll, while hitting 200 home runs. That makes it $693,425 per home run, seems like a lot for finishing 14.5 games back.

Yes there are exceptions to the rule, but it does not come at a price. The Boston Red Sox finished sixth in homeruns at 173, and made it to the playoffs, but also had to spend $133,440,037 just to lose to the Tampa Bay Rays, who had the second lowest pay roll at a tiny $43,820,598.

Teams continue to pay overpriced sluggers their millions to step up to the plate, take a hack, and either circle the bases or take a seat on the bench. Adam Dunn made $13 million last year, and rounded the bases 40 times. He also struck out 164 times.

Can anyone say Ryan Howard? Need I say more?

The real question is, why are the fans so in love with the home run? Who really knows, we can look back to '98 when Sosa and Big Mac, "saved baseball" with their home run race. Don't deny it, we all loved it. And wanted more.

Fans came out to the parks in record numbers, they were even showing up hours early just to watch guys like Sosa, Mac, and Bonds rattle the ball of the seats.

I'm not hear to blame the fans, I was there too, but let's get back to the basics and enjoy baseball the way it is supposed to be played. 

Stealing bases, moving runners over, it's called a bunt for those MVP's who have forgotten how to do this.

Let's bring back the good old days of baseball, where throwing inside was cool, and a "team-first" attitude was the norm. Let's bring back players that know the game and can run the bases.