Sometimes owners think you can throw money at the problem and it will work. History teaches us that in sports, sometimes that helps and sometimes it doesn’t. The whole premise of “Money Ball” documents that myth.
The Triumvirs (the owners) brought in King Kelly in 1887. It didn’t help. In 1888 the Boston Beaneaters (now the Atlanta Braves), had a 70-64 record in John Morrill‘s fourth and last year as manager. They finished fourth in the league, 15 1/2 games behind. The Triumvirs preceded Ted Turner in being willing to pay for great players. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.
In 1888, it didn’t and Mr. Morrill would be shown the door. It wasn’t a problem of money as much as it was talent.