Danimal wrote:You might be right, but where does baseball draw the line?
I guess when the fans stop coming to the games in disgust or stop watching it on TV. As long as everyone is making money I don't think they will do anything about it.
The small market owners don't mind their teams losing 80-90 games a year because they know they'll get a nice kick back from the league and from taxes and they can add it to their bottom line. Maybe if they made the owners pour the money back into payroll then we could see a turn around.
i totally agree. its getting tougher by the day to defend the yankees, but the rest of MLB is doing nothing to stop it. dont let the term "small market team" fool you. some markets are not totally capable of funding a huge payroll, but some owners are just plain greedy. the Tigers opened up the walet this offseason, but they should never have gotten this bad in the first place. the fact is, their owner also owns the Detroit Redwings, and he has neglected the tigers in his quest to win stanley cups.
markets like oakland, detroit, and kansas city should be able to field a competitve team with a modest-high payroll. it is a combination of unsupportive fans and frugal owners that cause them to lose their players.