Commentary

Welcome to the new Moneyball

Less talk about the economy and more about the money players of 2009

Originally Published: March 30, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

First off, let's all agree on one thing: Money is an excellent invention. And we're all in favor of accumulating as much of it as possible.

But now let's agree on something else: We've all heard enough talk about the impact that money, the economy and the recession have had on baseball to hold us for the next 12 lifetimes. Haven't we?

So here's our appeal to baseball's powers that be as another season approaches:

Enough already.

No more talk about the economy. Please. No more charts showing attendance during previous recessions. Please. No more in-depth analysis of how far free-agent salaries have fallen versus previous offseasons. Please.

Has baseball been affected by the economy? Sure. Obviously. Now let's move on.

At times like these, we don't need baseball to remind us we barely have enough money left in our life savings to buy a hot dog and popcorn. We need baseball to remind us it's guaranteed to bring us seven consecutive months of uninterrupted fun.

So from now on, here's the only kind of money talk we want to hear:

$$$ THE ALL-MONEY PLAYER TEAM $$$

$$$ THE ALL PAY-PER-VIEW TEAM $$$

$$$ THE ALL-BULL-MARKET TEAM $$$

$$$ THE ALL-BEAR-MARKET TEAM $$$

$$$ THE ALL-MONEY-FOR-NOTHING TEAM $$$

$$$ THE ALL-MOST-ACTIVE-STOCKS TEAM $$$

$$$ THE ALL-CHAPTER 11 TEAM $$$

$$$ MOST TRADED STOCKS $$$

$$$ THE ALL-FUTURES MARKET TEAM $$$

$$$ THE ALL-MONEYBALL-NAME TEAM $$$

Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com. His new book, "Worth The Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies," was published by Triumph Books and is available in bookstores and online. Click here to order a copy.

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com