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MLB Fixes for 2010 - Pt. 1

Posted on: November 6, 2009 3:14 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2009 5:04 pm

MLB is a $6.5BILLION industry.  It's time for it to start getting some things right, and making other things better.  Below is the first in a list of things that can be AND needs to be improved upon for the 2010 season:

Salary Cap/Salary Floor

This is a LONG time coming.  I often wonder how good at their respective positions Brian Cashman (Yankees), Bill Smith (Twins), Dan O'Dowd (Rockies) or Jim Hendry (Cubs) would be if the financial playing field was leveled to within a few million dollars of one another.  Could the Yankees have afforded to take so many of the most highly valued free agents off the market the last few years?  With their scouting program, would the Twins have won more playoff games/the World Series with true access to the best free agents?

Bud Selig and the present owners in MLB are running the risk of rendering many of the teams in MLB obsolete by allowing the same teams year in and year out to have NO SHOT at post-season play.  But, hey why not?  On Bud's watch ('92 to present) the game has grown in revenue 505%!  Owners--Bud's Buddies--are making money hand over fist.  Meanwhile, teams like the Royals, Pirates and Natinals..err.. Nationals go in to every season understanding that they can not win a world series.  These same teams go into every off-season understanding that they can not afford any of the highest paid players on the free agent market.  Helluva catch-22, no?  The final straw had to be last off-season which saw the New York Yankees purchase the 3 most expensive free agents on the market.  A feat MAYBE 3 other teams in baseball could achieve.

A salary cap--with a punitive AND escalating tax for those teams that break the barrier--needs to be instituted, to increase the competitve balance.  A salary floor--also with a punitive and escalating tax--needs to be enacted to MAINTAIN that same competitive balance.  For Bud Selig to consistently spout that teams like the Royals, Nationals and Pirates aren't making any money despite the current revenue sharing model, and low comparative payrolls is an insult.  If the owners in these cities did not make money, they would cease to be owners.  On that note, it needs be said:  For as much as I think the Yankees/Mets/Cubs over-spending is bad for the fans of MLB, I think the UNDERSPENDING of other teams (Marlins and Pirates come to mind) is EQUALLY as bad if not moreso.  Because Royals and Pirates fans in particular are not "bandwagoners".  They are loyal fans who root for their teams generationally, and for that loyalty they get....the shaft.

The MLB playoffs are the hardest post-season to get into of the 4 major sports.  Bud and the boys need to stop making it even more difficult for the smaller market teams, and institute some change.

Stay tuned....

Category: MLB

Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 7:47 pm

MLB Fixes for 2010 - Pt. 1

I wrote a blog that had a similar theme, calling for a cap and a salary floor.  There is revenue sharing and a luxury tax but these are ineffective because the oversight that the money is spent for 'on field activities' is not administered.  In my blog I believe I called for a lowering of the luxury tax threshold that would capture more teams other than the Yankees.  The MLBPA would not agree to a cap nor would the owners even ask.  The owners make money (even in the small market), the players make money, the media makes money the agents make money.  Everybody is happy...except the fans of the 10-15 teams that don't have a shot at the post season. 

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2009 9:25 pm

MLB Fixes for 2010 - Pt. 1

I completely agree with the salary cap.... it is ridiculous. it's a big game of monopoly and Yankees have all properties WITH hotels on them. I live in New York but love the Indians. I love going to their games and watching them when I can. I really love it when we beat Yankees or Boston by a crapload... It means so much more to beat them. But it is getting boring to watch all my good players leave my team for nobody's.... well, they'll be someone and by the time we figure that out, we won't be able to afford them, but guess where they'll land.... New York if their good enough. Baseball's no longer America's Sport.... it's America's Gamble... It's a stock market, and no one else has chances... unless your big balling


Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2009 2:08 pm

MLB Fixes for 2010 - Pt. 1

You honestly believe MLB is in a good position, with the same 8-10 teams in contention and the same 5 teams with no shot at a WS year in and year out?  You don't find it odd that just when every other sport is trying to FIND parity, MLB is doing nothing to produce the same?  Hey, listen i'm all for owners making money, but if that's Bud's and the owner's prime objective than i'd just as soon see them get into another "business"... 

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2009 11:06 pm

MLB Fixes for 2010 - Pt. 1

Now that we have heard from Karl Marx may we please hear from Adam Smith.

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