Baseball and the economy

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While free agents are in for some rather large paydays this year, Front Office folks aren’t as lucky. Over the weekend, the Diamondbacks announced they would be laying off 31 Front Office employees for a cost savings of about nine percent. While news like this will probably become de rigeur over the next few months, it’s also fairly mind-boggling that a team as consistently mediocre as the Diamondbacks had the largest Front Office staff of any Major League team.

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Questions heading into this week
Set in stone: Left side of the infield
  • Relaunch

    I agree that its surprising that the Diamondbacks out of all teams had the largets front office. That being said, I do hope that sports in general are put in better perspective with the way the economy is turning. These ridiculous salaries, psl, etc are making people make choices they never thought they had to make before. I can afford my tickets (at least now I can) but it is nauseating to think that majority of real fans can’t anymore in really any of the major sports.

  • RollingWave

    consistently mediocare? I guess it’s partly due to their division. but for a expansion team they have a awsome track record… 7 out of 11 season resulted in winning seasons 4 playoff appearance and a WS win. i wouldn’t really call that mediocare… (yes i do realize that division as a whole has been pretty meh though. )

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Since 2003 the D-backs have alternated between terrible and mediocre. They’ve had one 90-win season in that stretch and one 111-loss season. That’s not too impressive considering the division they’re in.

      • RollingWave

        that is true, but by similar standards. name one NL team that’s not mediocare? :P

  • radnom

    Wow. Is anyone else seeing the “Economic Crisis: Who is to blame? Vote now!” ad????

    I love it.
    3 pictures.

    On the left, Bush.
    On the right, a confused/sad looking guy with a laptop.
    In the center, what looks like a 40 mobster, chomping on a giant cigar.

    I know who I’m going to blame.

  • UNION YES.

    where’s a-rod?

    • radnom

      I think it is implied that the guy on the laptop is watching A-rod at bat on mlb.tv.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    it’s also fairly mind-boggling that a team as consistently mediocre as the Diamondbacks had the largest Front Office staff of any Major League team.

    They’re quota hires. Affirmative Action for the Elderly.

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