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Theo bemused by Cards’ presence in Competitive Balance Lottery
The Cardinals are on their way to their seventh straight winning season. They won last year’s National League pennant and have claimed two World Series titles in the last eight years and looked poised for more thanks to a strong farm system. They’ve drawn at least three million fans every year since 2004 as their sprawling fan base continues to flock to Busch Stadium to watch one of baseball’s model franchises.
The Cubs don’t have too many of those things right now, but the Cardinals got more help Wednesday when they won the third pick in the first round of the Competitive Balance Round of next year’s draft. The Cardinals were one of the 15 teams in the lottery, a fact that bemused Cubs president Theo Epstein.
“I could talk all day about the Cardinals and how much we hold them in high regard. That’s a fantastic franchise. They have been for the better part of a century,” Epstein said. “They do extremely well from a baseball standpoint and from a revenue standpoint. It’s probably the last organization in baseball that needs that kind of an annual gift they receive.”
Teams qualify for the lottery by being in one of the 10 smallest markets or pools of revenue. And despite the Cardinals’ success, they fall into that category to get an extra pick right after the first round.
“It’ll just make it that much sweeter when we get to a point where we can compete with them and ultimately we hope prevail because it’s not necessarily the type of thing that they need given their performance on the field and off the field,” Epstein said. “They do a fantastic job and it just doesn’t seem like something they need at this point.”