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First Pitch: My Philosophy on Payroll

First Pitch: My Philosophy on Payroll

I don't care about payroll.

That might come as a surprise to some. We have a lot of pages on the site dedicated to tracking the payroll of the team. I point out what I think the Pirates could afford to spend. But the truth about that is, a lot of people care about payroll. And I'm in the business of providing information on a subject that a lot of people care about. As for my own personal beliefs?

I don't care about payroll.

In a lot of cases, this draws some outrage from people who get mad over the fact that I don't get mad that the Pirates aren't spending X amount of dollars. I don't look at a baseball team in terms of payroll. I look at a baseball team in terms of the quality of the team, and the quality of the individual players. It's hard to separate this from payroll, because traditionally people view an increase in payroll as an increase in quality. That's why the Marlins were picked as contenders after spending a lot in 2012, and it's why the Blue Jays were picked as c...

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