The general consensus is that Montreal is on the way out, and that the Twins have dodged the bullet. Now, I'm hearing talk that the Marlins could take the Twins spot up on the contraction gallows. What's the latest on this?
I don't believe you should contract a team just because it's shitty...but I think these guys deserve a look at elimination: Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Kansas City. Also, if Milwaukee hadn't gotten their new stadium, they would be up there, too.
The Brewers would never have contracted. After all, we all know who their owner is.
On June 27th, 2002, the Montreal Expos (number one on the MLB contraction list) added MONEY to their payroll, aquiring Bartolo Colon. In a time like this, there's two quotes that come to the forefront;
cfgb: "I hate to say it, but Atlanta really needs to be watching their rear ends". And Number Two;
Despite being the next logical candidates, neither Florida is likely due to be contracted because of political reasons, both on the state and federal level. I mean, who's the governor?
Personally, I think the other team, if we have to pick one, should be Anaheim. Disney wants to sell, the Angels no great winning tradition (playoffs, but no w.s. appearances) and Southern California still has 1/2 teams.
Besides, isn't Watkins still trying to buy Anaheim? And they have a good young te--wait, they said that about Minnesota last year. Ah well. There won't be contraction, if you ask me. Of course, I'd fire Selig if I had the chance. He's a tool that represents small-market owners that don't try to win. Hell, he IS one.
Anaeim?! Tell me I missed something... they're in the second-largest media market (the LA area), have a record close to .600, and receive about as much media coverage as the Dodgers. Not to mention the potential buyer there... I'm not going to say it's not going to happen - I've seen enough stupidity from baseball's upper echelons to make me think otherwise, but I don't see it in the near future.
Also, as pieman (kind of) brought up, less teams means better pitching overall (theoretically), which in turn means less offense - if baseball's going to sit on the fence about 'roids, why would they want to possibly reduce the amount of homers via contraction? (Twisted logic)
Anyway, personal choices for contraction are the Brewers and the D-Rays, even though I know they're still a young team. As for the Brewers... I think we know why they haven't been talked about yet. Maybe in a couple of years when their attendence rivals Montreal's.
You aren't a very bright person, but since you always mean well and you're so likeable, people don't really care.
The thing about Benitez is he will blow the 'momentum shift' games. The Atlanta games in September of 2001 are the perfect example, where he blows 2 game shift games down the stretch, turning a possible close race into season is over situations....