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Check out this illustration the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is using for the NLCS

Oct 11, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT


The image to the right was included in the National League Championship Series coverage provided by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, including this column by Derrick Goold.

It’s quite funny. You have the Monopoly guy holding a bag of money, representing the Dodgers. He is denied access to the World Series trophy, adorned by a “Not For Sale” sign, by a muscular, defiant Cardinal wagging his finger.

True, the Dodgers have spent a lot of money on their 2013 squad — nearly $217 million, in fact. Seven players on the Dodgers’ payroll will have been paid at least $15 million for this season alone. However, the Cardinals aren’t exactly in a position to play the role of small-market underdog as if they were the Oakland Athletics. The Cardinals opened the season with a payroll of approximately $117 million, the 11th-largest among all 30 teams and nearly $50 million more than the A’s to whom they’re often compared.

What is true is that, of the four remaining teams, the Cardinals had the smallest Opening Day payroll. The Dodgers, Red Sox ($159 million), and Tigers ($149 million) ranked second, fourth, and fifth, respectively. Money doesn’t buy championships, but it sure doesn’t hurt to have it.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I remember when the playoffs started 6 of the 10 teams were not in the top 10. in payroll. Now the final 4, 3 are top 10 and the other is 11th. Even though I’m a Yankee fan I root hard for the lower market teams (As and Rays) but it seems so tough when they have to compete with these guys. I mean look at the yankees freaken out because they plan to spend ONLY 185 next year? If the rays were given that imagine what they could do! Time for a salary cap or larger shares.

    • Reflex - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      How does a salary cap help bad teams compete? Why should it? Baseball sends more teams to its playoffs and the world series than either the NBA or NFL, team parity is at an all time high. Yes this year its all big money teams, but lots and lots of small market teams have been making it and winning it all for the past 20 years.

      Salary caps do nothing more than hurt players and enrich owners. They do not contribute to competitive balance. Never have, never will. Good management teams contribute to competitiveness, end of story.

      • chill1184 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        Here here, people think the salary cap is going to magically fix MLB’s problems in regards to the payroll discrepancies when in reality it will just create more problems.

      • whereyaat - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        I agree, I don’t see how a salary cap fixes baseball’s problems. Look at the NBA, are ANY of the low-spenders competitive? The teams that could care less about the luxury tax will just pay it, leaving lesser teams in the dust.

        Plus, look at the Marlins – salary cap or no salary cap, that team is still going to be terrible because of their mind-blowingly poor business decisions. If MLB ever considers a publicly-owned team as a “public option,” Marlins would be the perfect candidate.

    • American of African Descent - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      A salary cap? Seriously? I’ll say salary cap is a good thing when ownership agrees to a profit cap! (Also, tell me how large payrolls have helped the Mets and the Cubs and the Dodgers win so many championships over the past thirty years.)

      Want to guarantee competitive balance? If ownership can’t field a competitive team (over 0.500) once every seven years, then MLB can force a sale. That’s what happens in the corporate world — if ownership cannot produce, a corporate raider comes along and forces management out!

      • km9000 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        It’s not so much that only rich teams can win, it’s just harder for smaller markets to stay competitive long-term. Big markets still have to make good decisions, but bad ones are easier to recover from.

        Plus, they don’t have to worry as much about losing rising stars when free agency comes around.

      • Reflex - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        I do not think anyone is claiming that more money does not confer an edge. They are pointing out that there are ways to compensate for that edge, ranging from how the draft is configured, to increasing the number of wildcard teams(more chances and in short series anything can happen), revenue sharing and permitting teams to tailor themselves to the competitive landscape rather than each team be run virtually identically.

        And baseball is availing itself of all of these, and as a result while yes big teams have an edge, it is still possible and common for smaller teams to win it all, or even be competitive year in and year out.

  2. philsieg - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the team that set out at the beginning of the season to defend their WS trophy was not the Cards. So apparently St Louis picked this one up at a yard sale.

    • paperlions - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Nah, they have 11 of their own.

  3. 18thstreet - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    The letters OMG are tossed around too casually nowadays. But. OMG. This is unreal.

    Speaking on behalf of Red Sox Nation, I demand to be taken down below St. Louis fans on the douchyness rankings.

    • blacksables - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Yeah, because a journalist writing a column in the newspaper speaks for the entire fanbase.

      Don’t worry about being below the Cardinals fan base in “douchyness”. Work on raising your intelligence level.

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM


    • km9000 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      I’m glad you were able to save “OMG” for something as significant and dramatic as this.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        I think it’s the Andy Rooney introduction that preceded it that really landed.

    • scruffmagee - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      The writer of that article isn’t even a normal Cardinals writer. He’s some crotchety old man. Apparently, Yasiel stepped on his lawn and jumped in his pool or something.

      Look at stories by Derrick Goold or Bernie Miklasz. Those are the true Cardinals beat writers.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Is that like a True Yankee?

  4. sandrafluke2012 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Liberals in LA- “We need to soak the rich. But, GO DODGERS”

    • Reflex - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      And yet Cali pays more in federal taxes than it receives by a long shot, which is way more than almost every red state can claim.

      • sandrafluke2012 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        That has nothing to do with location and other factors. lol

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        It has everything to do with your simpleminded, spiteful hatefulness.

        And, of course, your flamboyant idiocy.

      • Reflex - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Actually what makes it impressive is their location. Lots of federal money for military bases, border patrol, immigration support, national security due to having several major ports, and yet they STILL manage to pay more in taxes than they receive, even against states like Kentucky that have virtually no reason to have all of that federal infrastructure in place.

      • drewzducks - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        Leave the blue grass state alone. They have to defend Fort Knox. Haven’t you ever heard of Goldfinger ?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Pissant moron. You are too stupid to even warrant a response. Just kill yourself.

      You will never be half the person the real Sandra Fluke happens to be.

      Fucking pathetic hack.

      • sandrafluke2012 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Nice of you to say to a fellow jew. She is a great person. A millionaire who wants to tell a private place what to do

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        You’re a cheap hack as both a Jew and a person. A Not-so Breibarter, pronounced Nutso.

        You’ve got nothing because you are a nothing.

    • whereyaat - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Lol, it’s hard to take you seriously, especially when you voted for the Missouri politician who made the “legitimate rape” comments.

      • huskersrock1 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        He said something stupid and he apologized for it. On the other hand, Ted Kennedy got drunk, drove a car in a river killing a campaign volunteer, and hid out until he sobered up. And he is the “Lion of the Senate”.

      • whereyaat - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        What does that have to do with baseball?

      • whereyaat - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        Only an idiot would complain about a politician’s DUI while simultaneously rooting for Tony “Donh worry I can drive” LaRussa for a decade.

  5. okwhitefalcon - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    The cartoon is funny, good stuff.

    No idea where the “A’s to whom they’re often compared” stuff came from, never heard the A’s and the Cards to be analogous…

    • fearlessleader - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      The Cardinals play moneyball, but with money.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        But not Monopoly money!

      • gibbyfan - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        Very astute observation fearless………..I will be sure to use that little aphorism in the future

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        With you fearless. This article is the 1st time I have ever heard the Cardinals and A’s be compared to one another.

  6. auldworld - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    To their credit, yes, STL is not precisely a big-money market and they are an extremely well run organization that uses their resources wisely.

    However, the fact that they *do* have a larger payroll than 2/3 of the teams in baseball, have the oft-repeated “best fans in baseball”, and are in the playoffs pretty much every stinking year puts them in the same category as all the other teams in the playoffs. I’m effin sick of ’em, and the playoffs got a lot less interesting with the elimination of PIT and OAK in the last couple days.

    So the Cardinals shaking their fingers at the Dodgers? Pot, let me introduce you to kettle.

  7. fearlessleader - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    You’re all aware that “the Cardinals” didn’t draw this cartoon, right? If we’re going to hate the team and its fans because the St. Louis Post ran a silly illustration, surely we have to hate the Dodgers and their fans at LEAST as much for the fact that the LA Times has employed Plaschke and Simers for so long, right….?

    • voteforno6 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      I hate them because of Pete F. Kozma.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        Everybody hates Pete Kozma.

        Except for this hilarious old quotes from last year. Who wants to live these down!

        alexo0: “Watching the playoffs, Kozma is the SS of the future for St.L. Dude is awesome. Put the nail in the coffin vs the Nats. His praises could not be sung enough by the national media.”

        spudchukar: “I’ve said it before but if he can do a slightly above average job defensively, hit around .270 with 15-18 homers, drive in 65, and steal a dozen or so bases, the Cards should find themselves play-off bound, ”

        spudchukar – Yes, it is only day two, but Kozma continues to impress. This was a bomb. The dude has pop. Who knows, perhaps he is just a late bloomer.

      • perryt200 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        i love Pete Kozma.

        dude hit over .300 with RISP this year.

        and defense? for the money you can’t get better.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM


      • cardstillidie - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        Love the Cards. But i absolutely hate Pete Kozma.

  8. sfm073 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    How does being ranked 11th in payroll (85$ million less than the dodgers) make the cardinals in anyway comparative to one of the high spending teams? Especially considering most of the team is homegrown talent.

  9. perryt200 - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    anyone that suddenly doesn’t think One Hundred Million Dollars is a lot of money, please send me some!

    217- 117 = 100. 100 / 117 is .85. therefore the Dodgers spent 85% more money than the Cardinals.

    please, leave me in your will, put me on your christmas list, remember me in your charitable remainder trust, whatever it takes i promise i will at least spend that money better than the Yankees.

    if looked at factually, the Cardinals have a ton of money going to people that were injured this year. brings them below 100 mil for working payroll. therefore the Dodgers are spending over double the Cards.

    why all the sudden the Cards have become the evil empire when they are obviously not trying to simply buy a WS i sure don’t understand.

    • fearlessleader - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      It’s weird, huh? You’d think the high-priced team that pees in other people’s pools would be the one folks rooted against. (JOKE!!! I am a Cards fan who lives in SoCal, I have great respect for both teams, and I’m about to barf from anxiety waiting for Game 1 to start.)

      • paperlions - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        What are you talking about? The Cardinals are totally trying to buy a championship….have you seen their NLCS roster? Look at the pitching staff Choate was a FA and they traded for the super expensive luxuries that are Mujica and Axford…..and the position players are chock full of expensive FAs…BOTH Holliday and Beltran…not one or the other….but BOTH of them…BOTH. Craziness. Only the entire bench, 6 of their 8 position starters, the entire rotation and most of the bullpen are home grown….just shameful.

    • perryt200 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      no Paper, just like every year at the All Star break commentators start wondering which teams are sellers and which are buyers.

      The Cards aren’t sellers because they are in the hunt most years. And the stuff that they buy is the smartest stuff in baseball.

      Mujica, Beltran,Axford, Choate, even Berkman back when.

      When you are in the race after over 81 games you have a chance to double down. That is all the Cardinals do since they always seem to be in the race.

      Now you just seem upset they spend their money wisely. Especially when it is still so much less than the Dodgers pay roll.

      • fearlessleader - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        Pssst…I’m pretty sure he was joking. :)

      • paperlions - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Just “pretty sure”?

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        Paper’s sarcasm didn’t punch you in the face? Re-read it. You are gonna’ be kicking yourself.

  10. misterj167 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    It doesn’t matter how much money a team has, bad ownership will ruin them. The Pirates didn’t suddenly get better because they got richer, because they didn’t get richer. They just made good baseball decisions.

    Personally, I think owners ought to keep their mouths shut, hire people who know the game to run the team and write the checks. Unfortunately too many owners, and I don’t just mean in baseball, think they know everything because they have money.

    • whereyaat - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      The Marlins disagree with your answer.*


  11. ranoversquarells - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Epic. Just epic …

  12. thebadguyswon - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Money doesn’t buy championships, but it pretty much triples your odds of making the postseason.

  13. whereyaat - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    The real question is whether Adam Wainwright will let the Cardinals use white towels at their home games (in 2009 he blamed a dropped ball on the Dodgers’ towels). Oh wait, the Cardinals are handing out 50,000 of them during a game he’s pitching? Hypocrite!

    • saints97 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      The Cardinals are handing out 50,000 white towels for a game played at Dodger Stadium?

      That’s odd.

      • scruffmagee - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        The Cardinals are just that nice. They talked it over for Magic Johnson and agreed to front the bill for the towels since the Dodgers have so much money tied up in contracts.

        /sarcasm font

      • whereyaat - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Where were Wainwright’s complaints about the towels in Games 1 & 2? Hypocrite.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Look everyone…see that straw? Whereyaat is grasping for it. Someone help him!

      • whereyaat - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Where were Wainwright’s complaints about the towels in Games 1 & 2? Hypocrite.

  14. cur68 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Bell, you can stop explaining the joke to us, ok? This isn’t PFT.

    • cur68 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM


      BILL, not “Bell”. Jeez.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        You better make that monocle a bifocal.

  15. irishdodger - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I’m no Yanks fan, but I remember when Steinbrenner being on his yearly spending spree from 82-95. He threw millions at guys like Dave Collins, Larry Milbourne, Ed Whitson, Steve Kemp, Roy Smalley, Jesse Barfield, etc. They didn’t went squat but you didn’t hear Steinbrenner asking for a bailout or a refund.

    My point is, yeah you can spend hundreds of millions…but if it’s on crap players, it doesn’t get you anywhere. See the Dodgers post 1988. What pisses me off is teams like the Royals & Twins have owners who take the profit sharing money from the big market teams. Do they reinvest in their team? Hell no! They pocket it as revenue. And the owners of those teams, David Glass & Carl Pohlad respectively, are worth more than the late George Steinbrenner or most any other owners.

  16. peehergriphon - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Time for salary cap in baseball.

  17. rublestiltzkin - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Whoever thought the cartoon was funny at all, is a dry-humored, uptight, tool who needs to get out more. I mean I get it, it’s just that, well…’s not effin funny. It’s just dumb. I’m not saying this as a dodger fan either. I hate the dodgers. But man, what a stupid cartoon.

  18. jakecopeland22 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Reblogged this on 50 Shades of Jake and commented:
    This is great!

  19. Anoesis - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Looks like Brian McCann picked out his Halloween costume.

  20. km9000 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I wonder what Pittsburgh thinks of the cartoon.

  21. kicksave1980 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    I’m a lifelong Cardinals fan, but I don’t really understand the hatred towards teams that choose to spend their money on players. I understand that you can’t really buy a championship, but I want ownership to spend as much money as possible to make it happen. Can’t blame an owner for trying…at least he’s spending your ticket, merch, and concession money on something.

  22. grudenthediva - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    “Liberals in LA- “We need to soak the rich. But, GO DODGERS”

    “Tea Partiers in Houston – “Quit punishing the rich! Welfare state! Get your own! But hey, better get me that damn revenue sharing check!”

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