A week ago we posted our interview with Frank Coonelly, discussing a wide variety of topics relating to the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, it seems that only one topic received attention, and it wasn't even one of the interesting topics.
The discussion about payroll and attendance has been repeated many times. The comments made by Coonelly weren't new. They're also not anything shocking. As I pointed out last week, what Coonelly was suggesting is the same thing teams like the Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays have done. It's an approach where teams try to win with a young, inexpensive team, the winning leads to an increase in attendance, and the increase in attendance allows the team to spend more to keep the club together and add more pieces to the mix. The only alternative is to spend first and try to win with a more expensive team, which is far from a guarantee, and that's probably why it's not done by small market teams.
The whole discussion is irrelevant at this point...
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