Guess the GM
This small market American League GM has had tremendous success in recent years. His team has won three consecutive division titles while spending significantly less than many other teams in baseball. He has found success by building a solid organization from the ground up. Many of the ball players on his team were drafted and cultivated in the club's minor league system. He is now facing the challenge of sustaining that success by trading away higher priced homegrown stars for exciting young prospects.
The GM's name is not Billy Beane. His name is Terry Ryan.
Now, I know I'm not shocking the pants off anyone reading this, but I have been looking at some historical salary data for a project I am working on over at TheCubdom and some of these numbers just kind of jumped out at me.
Despite the fact that he hasn't had a book written about him recently, Terry Ryan is clearly one of the best GM's in baseball. Lets have a look.
|Teams making the playoffs in 2002, 2003, and 2004|
|Team Name||Cumulative Payroll||Average Payroll/Year||LDS Titles||LCS Titles||WS Titles|
|Twins vs. A's 2000 - 2005|
|Year||Record||Payroll||MLB Payroll Rank||Playoff Wins||Twins||A's||Twins||A's||Twins||A's||Twins||A's|
|2004||87-75||86-76||$53,585,000||$59,425,667||19th||16th||L LDS, 1 win||DOA|
|2003||85-77||94-68||$55,505,000||$50,260,834||18th||23rd||L LDS, 1 win||L LDS, 2 wins|
|2002||86-75||96-66||$40,225,000||$40,004,167||26th||27th||L LCS, 4 wins||L LDS, 2 wins|
|2001||85-77||104-58||$24,130,000||$33,810,750||30th||29th||DOA||L LDS, 2 Wins|
|2000||69-93||91-70||$15,654,500||$32,121,833||30th||25th||DOA||L LDS, 2 Wins|