Actually, by Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown who frequently writes for Forbes. Today he totally eviscerates the story Forbes ran three days ago claiming that the Astros were the most profitable team in baseball this year and may be the most profitable ever. It’s a real work of art, so go read it and get hipped to a lot of the ins-and-outs of baseball finance that is oh-so-often overlooked in most reporting on such matters.
And while we’re at it: unless you see actual audited and certified books laid out by a team, don’t believe most of what they say about their own finances either. Most teams are run like family owned muffler shops. They don’t have to show their books to anyone and don’t and even when they talk about it, there is all kinds of silliness going on that distorts the real economic picture.
In other news, some advice to Forbes: have Maury write about baseball finances more, other people less.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: