Let's just stop this whining about the Yank's ruining the game of baseball. All the arguments are mundane; my market isn't big enough, George has no soul and will spend whatever it takes to win, if baseball had a salary cap my team would be so much better, revenue sharing would totally help my team win blah blah blah.
Welcome to the Cafe. Let's look at your arguments.
maioriel wrote:Let's get real
-My teams market isn't big enough: You don't have a big enough market to support baseball; then your city doesnt deserve to have a team. Truth hurts kid. If you think NY has too big of a market already, then move < insert crappy small market team > to NY! Problem Solved and the game of baseball is saved...HURRAH!
This makes no sense. It isn't a matter of having a market "big enough" to support baseball--that's silly. If that is the case, NY is the only city that can support baseball, as it is the only city that has the media revenues to support a $200 million payroll.
It's a matter of fairness. With the advent of enormous television contracts, NY has an enormous, inate advantage because of its location.
Your comment about moving teams to NY is not worth addressing.
maioriel wrote:-George has no soul: hahaha whatever, he likes to win whether you like it or not, is of no concern to anyone. Get over it, plain & simple.
George should get tons of credit for pouring his revenues back into the team--but not for the revenues.
maioriel wrote:-Salary cap: Let's institute one, the only provision is there must be a 60-75 million dollar minimum or your team gets no revenue sharing for x amount of years. For a list of offending teams look here: http://asp.usatoday.com/sports/baseball ... ?year=2003
Yup, we need a salary cap AND a salary floor. I find it despicable that George (and others) give money that goes right into the pockets of cheap owners like Selig et al.
maioriel wrote:-Revenue Sharing would help my team: blah, move your team; your market can't support an mlb team. And even if there were revenue sharing, it would be terrible if they didnt invest that money back into the team. I wonder what the Devil Rays did with their luxury tax money...hmmmm
What's with you and moving teams?
maioriel wrote:I don't want to send the message that your arguments are crap; they aren't, but there are solutions out there that small market teams will never agree to. So until their are rules in place, get off the yanks' back and start holding other people accountable besides the yankees.
The Yankees aren't ruining baseball; the rules are ruining baseball and the Yankees are the best example of what can be done in the current system. The problem is, only a few teams can do that.
maioriel wrote:Let's start holding the twins accountable for not re-signing latroy hawkins or guardado. Come on, surely you can't blame the yanks for that?! Let's hold the Red's accountable for the firesale they had last year. Let's hold the Devil Ray's accountable for a crude 19 million dollar payroll; hell they wouldnt pay travis lee 2 mil! Let's hold the expos accountable for not keeping vlad and vasquez.
Again, it's all well and good to "hold them accountable," but how can we do this when they don't have the resources--especially the EXPOS! How can you blame a team that is owned by all the other teams, who have an interest in dismantling the 'Spos?
maioriel wrote:Teams need to step up and keep their own players, and not be farm systems for other teams.
Again, this is great--if it were that easy! How can the Expos pay what the Angels did? The Cubs gave Hawkins a huge contract for a middle reliever. How can the Twins compete where the are playing?
One of the best examples of the flawed system is this: The Twins had to pass on Mark Prior because they knew they didn't have the resources to sign him. THey couldn't trade their pick, either, because of the rules. So they drafted Mauer--admittedly a good player, but no Prior--and the Cubs got Prior. This is patently unfair.