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"I mention all of this because the Indians have, by and large, tried to do it right. I am pretty aggressive about going after rich owners who won’t invest in their teams, but the Indians’ payroll went from $87 million to $134 million over three seasons, all of which ended in division titles. Their payroll last year was in the middle of the MLB pack, a big number given the limitations on what they can earn locally. If the Cleveland market is going to roll its eyes at that kind of investment, and on-field success, by going to fewer games, I’m not sure what more you can ask of Larry Dolan."