Offseason Chat Transcript: Cleveland Guardians By Mark Polishuk | March 11, 2023 at 7:50pm CDT The Guardians edition of MLBTR’s Offseason In Review series has been posted, and with it came the accompanying Guards-centric chat with readers. Click here to read the transcript of tonight’s chat.
That mascot looks like an invasive species. Kill it.
Yeah that’s not a Guardian that’s a Phillie Phanatic on acid.
Chat about the Indians team.
the great bambi
it’s guardians now, old person who hates change
If you’re really lucky, you’ll be old some day. For me and many, many others, they’ll always be the Indians.
I’m sure your Victrola works great
I’m happy that image was used as the picture for the article. Too bad mlbtraderumors didn’t use the respective mascot for each of the reviews.
Mark appears to be the only MLBTR writer that understands how small market teams have to operate – especially in a constantly over-inflated player contract market.
It’s nice to have someone understand the constraints those franchises FO’s and their owners have to work with without resorting to buzz-phrases such as “self-imposed” payroll limits – or noting their revenue income without discussing the fixed costs of running an MLB operation each year – in order to incite posters on here that apparently don’t support themselves or a family.
(Sort of like a family with a father and mother that both make $30k
a year and neighbors kids are asking their 3 kids why their parents don’t buy at least one new top-of-the line Lexus SUV).
Cleveland has always spent when they feel it’s necessary. Whether it was trading for Matt Williams or David Justice, signing Roberto Alomar or Juan Gonzalez to sign Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn or Mike Napoli they have spent when need be. People don’t like the “small market” tag because for some it translates to cheap but Cleveland along with the Rays and even A’s are able to stay competitive for decent stretches by drafting and developing while supplementing the roster when necessary.
Mark definitely seems to be get it
I totally agree minus the A’s being competitive.
Cleveland has a plan, as Baltimore does now.
They’ve increased the payroll this year, and will for at least the next 3 as they’ll be contenders. All this was (long-term) planned.
But the writers here (other than Mark) as well as most of the posters think that MLB is Rotisserie League so all teams are supposed to spend their allotted money each year. In the real world small market (and some mid-market) teams roll over excess revenues each year when they’re not contending, then tap into them as the youngsters mature and the team begins to contend. Standard business practice.
I wonder, if you could transpose the young nucleus Cleveland had in the middle 90’s (Albert Belle, Jim Thome, Sandy Alomar Jr., Manny Ramirez, Kenny Lofton, Omar Vizquel) to today would they win a championship and how ridiculous would their contracts be when they hit the open market