lesgrant wrote:Why is it that the Yankee-haters insist on dwelling on the fallacious supposition that money earned somehow should be commensurate solely with statistical production on the field?
It’s really stupid.
If you were to look at EVERY single player’s salary in the league you will find very few that are paid the appropriate amount, including those who are underpaid.
How many are paid $19 million when players of the same caliber make less than half of that? (Not a knock on Jeet as a player, just on the ridiculousness of his salary.)
Secondly, yes. Money earned should not commensurate solely
with field production. I'd say about 96% of it should be what they do on the field, however. All the studies show that fans come to see teams that win. Win with nobodies, the fans start showing, and the nobodies become stars, lose with stars, the fans don't come, and the stars become nobodies. This is in the eyes of the casual fan, anyway.
A-Rod made $20 million per year in Texas. Spending money there didn't help Texas win ballgames; it didn't help them at the ticket office either.
lesgrant wrote:Since you want to obsess over money, the real question is if Jeter, as an asset to the Yankee corporation, is worth the 19 million per year? Does he make his salary back for the Yankees? Of course he does! In the exact same way the $200 million roster makes its money back. The thing the Haters always omit in this argument is that the Yankees can afford it because they are profitable BECAUSE they spend the big bucks, not in spite of it?
First of all, HOOTIE's not a Yankee-hater, as far as I know. He's as objective as they come. Secondly, I'm sure Jeter makes back a good amount of money, he is the team captain after all. The difference is that while it's true you have to spend money to make money, the Yankees spend such an inordinate amount of money that with a few not-so-wasteful moves they could probably double their profit. Or, at least, bring it up higher.
They also can afford it because George Steinbrenner has more money than most third-world countries.
lesgrant wrote:Did the Mets draw over 4 million fans this year?
Didn’t think so.
I don't see how any of this has to do with the Mets. Maybe it makes you feel better to bash them. but anyway...
NYM - 2,829,929, payroll ~ 100 million, or $35.34/fan
NYY - 4,090,696, payroll ~ 210 million, or $51.34/fan
So obviously, while the Mets didn't get as many fans, they did it with more efficiency relative to their payroll. In other words, the players earned back their salaries, and without a single $19 million contract on the team! (The Yanks have three, by the way).
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