Feb 7, 2012, 4:45 PM EST
We all know the story: the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and, with the exception of some lucky-as-hell teams like the Moneyball Athletics and the Extra 2% Rays, having a big payroll is the most important thing in all of baseball.
But is it really that bad?
Not so says Dave Studeman of The Hardball Times. He has a fantastic, in-depth article up today tracking how well money correlates with wins over time. And the conclusion may surprise you:
The current state of the game? Despite the outrageous spending ways of the Yankees, it’s settled into a pattern that is more competitive than any previous time period, other than the years of collusion.
Don’t believe it? Go look. Dave’s got graphs and everything. Because that what he does.
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