As revenue avenues have skyrocketed over the last 15 years, sports franchises have gone from a psuedo hobby that was also a good long term investment, into one of the most profitable businesses that one can own.
The modern sports franchise owner IS running it like any other business. Sure, there may be a few of the old style left, but the Twins are not one of them. I just think it's time to accept that and move forward.
As revenue avenues have skyrocketed over the last 15 years, you also believe the payroll can't increase with it? It has to be stagnant and hard capped at $120 million?
We just have philosophical differences as fans, Mr. Brooks. I don't doubt that the Pohlads operate the Twins as a very profitable business. It's my biggest gripe I have as a Twins fan.
I don't care what their profit is at the end of each year. I'm not personally invested in them, and I don't have visibility to their financials. No fan does.
Some fans think they do and set an arbitrary number in their minds as the budget. Why? Is it fun to pretend they're working with that budget set in their head and build the best team possible?
What I'm looking for as a fan is for the Front Office to do as they say. Over the winter, Lavine was quoted a couple of times they will supplement this team when the competitive window is open. We haven't seen the stars align like this in over a decade. An actual path to contention, with players performing beyond their projections. No major injuries to speak of.
They could have supplemented this team by simply spending money on Kimbrel or Keuchel. They missed out on their reported priority in Kimbrel. Now we'll see if they trade prospects and take on salary to make this team even better.