Arizona May Have To Rethink Their Team Salary In The NL West With High Spending LA + SF
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Chase Field is a pretty cool ballpark. The Diamondbacks have been often voted as one of the better organizations in the MLB for how they treat their fanbases for guest services, value and overall baseball experiences.
While the D’Backs finished in 14th for NL Attendance this year, they cracked the 2 Million fan barrier for the 15th straight year since entering the league.
Over the last 8 years, the team has kept comfortably between 2.0 MIL and 2.5 MIL.
Back in the first few seasons of MLB in the desert, the franchise was drawing well over 3 Million fans..
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Whether the rest of the fans in baseball know it, the DBacks have been a pretty decent squad since their inception in 1998.
The club has made the playoffs 5 times in that span, winning the 2001 World Series in just their 4th year of existence, eclipsing the Marlins as the quickest franchise to win a ‘Fall Classic’ from expansion.
But then something has happened in the last 18 months. The LA Dodgers have come under new ownership, and have changed the landscape of competition in the NL West by ballooning in acquiring expensive players
Los Angeles is going to be a regular spender of over $200 MIL on team salary and San Francisco can spend up to $150 MIL based on their revenue stream as well.
Where does this leave the D’Backs?
You would think that winning 94 Games, and the Division in 2011 – would have translated into more people going through the turnstiles, but that season’s attendance came in at 2,105,432.
In back to back 81 – 81 years since then, the crowds were 2,177,617 in 2012 – and 2,134,795 this last year respectively.
With an estimated $96 MIL on the books for 2014, and a nice crop of players coming back for another season, can the team compete in the long – term like this?
If the ownership group and brass was willing to spend some extra money, would it come back in the form of fan attendance? That question is tough to answer, although based on recent evidence, no it will not.
Kevin Towers will have his work cut out for him to scout talent, pull off trades, and to think about evaluating players in the long-term based on the new economics of the Division.
The 2016 MLB CBA may shed some light on what the franchise can do in the long run to keep up with the Giants and Dodgers.
But if it doesn’t, and the league is not in talks for realignment either, this could pose problems for the D’Backs in the next generation.
The team has great young pitching in Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, and a nice mix of a superstar like Paul Goldschmidt – with several cagey veterans like Aaron Hill, Miguel Montero, Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado.
The team also has a pile of young talent in A.J. Pollock, Didi Gregorius, Randall Delgado, Archie Bradley, Tyler Skaggs, Matt Davidson , Adam Eaton and Chris Owings, who are either in their infancy years of the MLB, or on the cusp of making it there.
Let’s just hope that when the team needs to shell out some money for competing, that is there, and the fans will make it count at Chase Field with their pocketbook for tickets!
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Posted on November 14, 2013, in MLB Payroll and Contracts, MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2001 world series, a.j. pollock, aaron hill, Adam Eaton, arizona diamondbacks, chase field, curt schilling, didi gregorius, gerardo parra, kevin towers, martin prado, Matt Davidson, miguel montero, nl attendance figures, nl west, padres, Patrick Corbin, paul goldschmidt, randall delgado, randy johnson, rockies, san francisco giants, tyler skaggs, wade miley. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Arizona May Have To Rethink Their Team Salary In The NL West With High Spending LA + SF.