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ESPN Battle of the Budgets: Least Surprising Result Ever

Rob Neyer's team, which has the lowest payroll, beats Steve Phillip's, which has the highest payroll, 4-1. Yeah, they should be playing 100 or 1000 game series on the computer, but the recaps would take forever... Something is so perfect about this matchup -- a "stathead" versus a "real baseball man." Kurkijan is merciless in his writeup: "This isn't a fair fight. Steve Phillips, a former general manager of the New York Mets, a guy who built a real major league team for seven years, against Rob Neyer, a baseball writer, a stat guy. Baseball writers don't know anything about baseball; neither do stat guys. Ask any manager. Phillips had the highest payroll in the tournament, Neyer the lowest. This had sweep written all over it... A writer beat a former general manager. We might be on to something here."

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