So I propose we call this the Coty: Capra of the year. Seems to me there should be a prize, too. I'm open to suggestions, creative ideas, etc.
We're going to do this in two steps: first, we will throw out some nominations and arguments. This can be done with either a full blog post, or simply by commenting at the bottom of this entry(no blogger registration needed for that). Then, I will throw up a poll here and voting can proceed accordingly.
Here are some teams that seem to call for immediate consideration . . .
Minnesota North Stars: Currently Minny has squads in the Rookie, High A, AA, and AAA league championship series. The big league team just missed the wild card berth by one game, though. They do have the likely NL Cy Young in Enos Garciaparra. If only the big league team had won a few more games. The North Stars also carried a modest 70m big league payroll.
Atlanta Brigadiers: AAA, High A, and Rookie teams are all in the LCS. More impressively, the big league team won 110 games, earning Hotlanta last draft pick in the S13 amateur party. They also have two Cy Young candidates in Denny Martin and the wildly overperforming Lance Tatum, who might also need shelf space for the ROY award.
Cleveland Spiders: Check out these win totals: ML-100, AAA-85, AA-99, High A-74, Low A-100, Rookie-60. dcbove is going Billy Beane with his rebuild on this team. Homegrown Michael Dransfeldt claims the AL Silver Slugger and Gold Glove and will likely reinvent the possibilities of the 3B position before he's done. Oh yeah, the Spiders also sported a paltry 69m budget.
Monterrey Conquistadors: If you throw out the AAA team, this is just another dominating season for steelerstime. Dig it: Rookie league teams wins their 10th straight division w/ 55 victories. Low A their 11th straight w/ 115 wins, High A their 10th overall with 108, and AA takes their 7th flag with 89 Ws. And the big leaguers throw up 100 victories. 60m salary. 5 All-Stars. 5 Futures kids. 3 Silver Sluggers, etc.
Albuquerque Roadrunners: The big league team just missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons, but the Roadrunner children continued to dominate. with 86, 98, 102, 80, and 44 wins respectively.
My apologies to any teams I've missed. Please point them out.