Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: We wait for Rays to fall, but they keep winning instead
by Mark Edwards
Jul 27, 2013 | 2173 views |  0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rays manager Joe Maddon is leading the team with the best record in the American League. (AP photo)
Rays manager Joe Maddon is leading the team with the best record in the American League. (AP photo)
The assumption is that the baseball teams from the major markets that spend the most money also do the most winning.

That’s true for the most part, and that's partly why it’s so much fun to see the small-market Tampa Bay Rays compete as well as they do.

The Rays’ payroll is No. 28 in baseball out of 30 teams. Only Miami and Houston spend less money on their players. Only Miami draws fewer fans to their home games than the Rays.

Even so, Tampa Bay owns a 62-42 record, which not only leads the American League East Division but trails only St. Louis for the best mark in baseball. The Rays have won the East Division twice in the previous five years and won the wild card one other time. That’s despite playing in the same division as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, who outspend most everyone on the planet.

If you follow baseball, the Rays’ success is old news. We’ve amazed at their organization since they made it to the World Series in 2008. But the real surprise is that they keep doing it. It just seemed as if by now, their luck would’ve run out. That pipeline of young talent would’ve run out. All the people who built that organization into something so good would want to get paid and go somewhere they could get the bucks they’ve earned. All good things come to an end, and we’ve been waiting for the big-market teams to smack the little Rays back into baseball obscurity.

Even so, Tampa Bay keeps winning. And winning. And winning.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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