There was deep joy in watching the Rays, on their fourth attempt, they finally put Astros to the sword last night.
It might have been better that they gave Astros such hope in history, from their tainted version of Redemption, to snatch it away in the end. While the Astros team will use their 3-0 comeback down, along with their performances against permanent Minnesota and Oakland tomato cans, as a starting point to denounce their treatment and portrayal of them as scams for the next season at least, if they pulled it there definitely wouldn’t live with them.
Such as Jesse indicated, Astros never faced any consequences for their cheating, they just lost an unwilling or unable manager to stop him and the front office boss who was Full of animals. This allowed players to be around her and play the victim as loudly as they like. The juxtaposition of loud, fun, and vibrant rays against the ever-dazzling Astros created for easy storytelling.
But at the end of it all now, one must ask what is the biggest threat to the game? A one-off cheating scandal MLB could easily have prevented if you simply thought about it – simply the natural extension of the kind of high-end baseball teams it has been pursuing for nearly two centuries? Or the ongoing “economy” of how to build and run a baseball team?
If baseball is and will be representative of the country, the efficiency of the rays is no different from those whose models, predictions, and theories shut down factories and mills everywhere and turned the middle class into candy. All in the name of doing it cheaper to make a bigger profit. This might be the way Rays should be doing it, but now that they’ve done it for more than a decade, it has spread to those who don’t.
For years now, Rays’ front desk has been a marvel of the baseball world, both old-school and analytical, producing seemingly winning teams armed only with MacGuyver-like materials. Even as they did Roofed GMs, Rays continues to spawn player-to-player in their system and bring them into mainstream majors, where they star in for a few years and then ship more young players before they actually have to pay anything for them.
In fact, this Rays team isn’t really local. Sixteen of them were obtained by trade. Charlie Morton is their only FREE “premium” agent.
Some of them were smart player thefts that were taken lightly / used by other teams, such as Ji Man Choi and Yandi Diaz. But others were a product of Rays dumping well-known players before they became extravagant, and Willy Adames was part of David Price’s trade before it hit a free agency. Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasno came out of beating Chris Archer before he hit the market. Hunter Renfrew on Tommy Femme before the last judging made it the most expensive.
To be fair to Rays, Price and Archer either didn’t reach the heights they’d achieved with Tampa consistently, or they totally broke down. Whether the Rays team started the point of view that players were peaking 30 years ago or just inflated it, that’s definitely a staple of baseball thinking.
The Rays have perfected a team-building model that maximizes production when player spending is lowest, in preliminary judging and in the first year or two of judging. Savings are just as important as playing on the court. But this kind of thinking has stifled the free agent market, and has seen the teams shorten their competitive windows all together in search of the same savings they don’t need. He puts the product at risk for as many as pennies in a billionaire’s pocket.
For the most part, this is seen as a dexterous maneuver of a team that simply does not have the resources. Is that correct? really? Stuart Sternberg may not be a billionaire like most MLB and Sports owners, but he is worth roughly $ 1 billion. Rays benefits from the same endless sources of cash flow that other teams benefit from, like BamTech and Revenue Sharing.
“The rays do not attract any fans!” Are crying. Isn’t that their fault at some point? If the garden is so bad, and it’s in a place that no one wants to get to, build someone else’s better. Except Sternberg wouldn’t do it himself, or even without eating Tampa and St.Pet most of the cost. In fact, Sternberg raised the bet on his publicly backed attack by trying To get two cities To build a new garden for him. This is the turbocharged version with heated seats.
Rays would likely pay players more if they wanted to, but they don’t. With their automated and elegant ways to create a successful team without spending, most baseball teams (even those with the most resources) ask their front desk why can’t they do it for the cheapest? In the past few years, we’ve seen the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, and Dodgers ditch the luxury tax to avoid penalties they can easily tolerate. The free agent market dried up for two or three winters because the owners were sure it could all be done for less. After all, rays do this very little, right?
This is not the players ’fault of course. They will all benefit now if the system allows it. They are the ones that come on screen, and it’s definitely easier to root for them than the Astros players, who were themselves the problem. The villain of Rays, which has spread to every front desk and money box in the game, is above them. It is the product of a broken system that values men who study all ways to make things more efficient at the expense of labor more than labor. And let’s be honest, with all of Homer’s Randy Arosarina making cardinals look dumb, and who’s not here for that?
It is not Rays’ fault that players are the most valuable they have, and they may be at their peak, when they are the easiest to pay, before the age of 27 and before free agent and final years of judging. This is a product of CBA. The rays are just a bright symptom.
The World Championships would be better off not having Astros there. But what the rays represent … is that much better?