Found October 10, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The Oakland Athletics might be the best story of the 2012 season. They entered the season with many expecting them to amongst the worst teams in baseball and ended up shocking the baseball world by upsetting the Rangers to win the AL West division crown. It is the sort of thing that fairy tales are made of and even if they take an early exit in the ALDS, their season's story will certainly have a happy ending. However, that doesn't mean the Oakland A's are going to live happily ever after. Headed into the season, the A's were a lot less fairy tale and a lot more horror story. Coming off a season in which they finished 74-88 and dead last in the majors in attendance, ownership instituted a payroll reduction of about $15 million. That budget slashing gave them the ignominious honor of entering Opening Day with the lowest payroll in the entire league. They followed that move up during the season by releasing a player right before his wife was due to deliver twin...
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