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The Prestige of Small Payroll Baseball – San Diego Padres 2010

The Prestige of Small Payroll Baseball – San Diego Padres 2010

This is the 3rd in a series of articles examining how small payroll teams have found success in recent years.  The goal is to try and determine what methods were successful in an attempt for the Pirates to emulate them.  The Minnesota Twins were the first team studied and the Texas Rangers were the second team , in case you want to see the methodology of these articles.

The Pledge

The story of the 2010 Padres is one about Pitching and Divorce.  Pitching and divorce are not typically two words that one associates together, but if you think about it both are settled by an independent arbiter and someone is usually unhappy about the resolution.

It was a divorce that forced previous owner John Moores to sell the team to current owner Jeff Moorad’s ownership group in April 2009 for approximately $500M.  Immediately, Moorad took a page from Arte Moreno of the LA Angels and slashed ticket and concession prices to make things more fan-friendly.  The deal allows Moorad’s group 5 years ...

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