Found August 10, 2013 on The Sports Post:
Every once in awhile, a team that is generally laughed at, pitied, or not taken seriously will come along and surprise you. This is the dream for small market teams.  For instance: since 1998, when Billy Beane took over as general manager, the Oakland Athletics have been to the playoffs on six separate occasions. They are headed towards a 7th birth under his watch this season, which is impressive as they operate under the fourth lowest budget in baseball entering the 2013 season at $60,664,500. Then there are teams like the Kansas City Royals, who in the last 25 years have mustered just five winning seasons. The last time the Royals tasted the playoffs was in 1985 when they went on to win the World Series in seven games over the St. Louis Cardinals. The key for small market teams like Oakland and Kansas City is building through the draft, making all or nothing trades at crucial moments, and hoping the prospects you do end up keeping pan out for a couple of years before you either...
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