“You use examples like the Green Bay Packers to back up your claim that other small market teams seen not to have problems, but you forgot one thing….there is a salary cap in the NFL and NBA, so it’s a bit easier to compete. Institute a salary cap in baseball, and you’ll see your beloved Yankees fail to compete just like everyone else.”
This was written as a comment on my post from a few days ago about Randy Levine telling the Brewers owner to stop whining. The writer was unwilling to give an actual name or screen name to the comment, instead opting to simply write “whatever” with an email address of email@example.com. Gotta love idiots behind computer screens – they can get feisty and say whatever they want to. I guess that’s why he/she choose “whatever.”
Normally, Chris and I don’t allow comments to come through if someone isn’t decent enough to provide a screen name or email/web address. Our reasoning is simple – if we were having this discussion face-to-face, we would know each other’s names.
However, I wanted to let this one go through because I believe that it proves my point and Randy Levine’s for that matter. Here is another person who is whining about how the Yankees spend money. Since this guy chose not to leave a name, I’m just going to refer to him as “DUDE.”
DUDE, you are missing the point. It’s easy to knock on the Yankees because they are high-profile, their payroll is massive and they tend to win games because of the talent they can afford. Your point seems to be, and correct me if I am wrong, that the Yankees would not be able to compete at the level they do if there was a salary cap. Perhaps that would be the case but no one can know for sure until it happens.
Here is what we do know: first, don’t blame the Yankees for escalating player salaries. Blame the Texas Rangers for signing Alex Rodriguez to a $250 Million, ten-year contract while the next highest paid player was making well under $20 Million at the time. Second, guys like Matt Holliday and Johan Santana and Joe Mauer have gotten big contracts from other teams. The Yankees just have a few guys with larger contracts – but Mark Teixeira, for example, was getting similar offers from the Red Sox and Orioles. He just likes NY better.
No, DUDE, the problem with baseball lies with the Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and other teams with massively depressed payrolls. Here’s some more facts for you. All of these small-market, low payroll teams receive tens of millions yearly from the Yankees and other teams through the Luxury Tax program.
In fact, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN and his meticulous research, 29 of the 30 teams receive at least $15 million before each season begins in TV and radio revenue. That’s before any tickets, beer or food are sold. Each MLB team also pulls in somewhere between $70-90 million EVERY YEAR after merchandise, revenue sharing and TV/radio revenue. Again, that’s before tickets, beer and food are sold.
Yet, teams choose not to spend that money on payroll, like they are supposed to. They can afford to, but generally don’t. Why? Because their greedy owners are more focused on making a profit on their baseball teams then actually winning championships. The Minnesota Twins are a great example. Most people never expected the Twins to re-sign Joe Mauer – the Twins owner is rich and can afford it, but has let marquee players like Torii Hunter and Johan Santana move on to bigger and better paychecks. This time, the whole front office knew that if they did not sign Mauer they would face a very angry fan base. Fortunately, Mauer was also willing to give them a hometown discount.
I singled out the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Cavaliers because they are in small markets but still have large payrolls. Why? Because they want to WIN. Oh, and Dude? The NBA barely has a salary cap. They pretty much have luxury tax.
The Yankees are playing the system to the best of their ability and doing right by their fans at the same time. Baseball is business and business will be good if you create a great product and position it right in the marketplace. The Yankees have done that and are succeeding because of their business sense. You say the Yankees would fail to compete with a salary cap? I say bring a cap on – the Yankees have competed at a top level consistently for almost 90 years now. I don’t think a salary cap will change it.
Oh, and have the cojones to put your name next to a comment next time you visit Generation Third.