February 13, 2013
WITHOUT STEROIDS, OLD PLAYERS ARE OLD AGAIN:
Baseball is back (thank goodness) and it's better than ever (really) (Tom Verducci, 2/12/13, SI)
Money doesn't buy championshipsOkay, it helps. But the most important "skill" in baseball today is the ability to stay on the field. With steroids and greenies banned, younger players, who tend to be fitter and healthier, are more important than older players. And because service time is a major component of salary, younger players also are cheaper than older players.I've already demonstrated how young starting pitching is an asset, not a liability. Keep this in mind as well: the average age of position players last year (28.5) dropped to its lowest level since 1993.The Dodgers, emboldened by a ridiculously lucrative local TV contract that further defines our gluttony for entertainment, are the most intriguing team to watch this year because they have borrowed from an old model to try to win at today's game: overspend on veteran players the way the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies once did.
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 13, 2013 9:38 PM