Matthias wrote:Here's the problem with this argument: noone really respects the guy who solves all of his problems with money.
I've heard a million times that the Yankees just try harder. Do they have longer practices? Do they break down more game film? Do they spend more time in the weight room? Do their scouts spend longer looking at prospects?
Compare it to the Minnesota Twins. They preach fundamentals in the minors. Their players do drills. Their players come up with strong defense. I read an article a couple of years ago talking to a guy who was a Minnesota scout. His first game scouting he was with someone who had been with the organization. In the sixth inning, the player they had come to see was out so the new guy got up to leave. The other guy told him to sit back down. And then said, "We stay for the whole game. We're with the Minnesota Twins."
THAT kind of work people respect. But just busting out a checkbook and saying, "How much?" that isn't work. And it's not possible for most of the teams and cities. Most teams claim poverty and then tell their fan base if they don't get a sweeter deal (new stadium, new renovation, more of a tax break) that they're going to have to move to a larger city. So the guy who just says, "Money? Hah!" ... he doesn't get respect. He gets despised.
Sorry. That's just the truth of it.
And incidentally, I'm always amused at how proud Yankees fans are of George Steinbrenner spending his money. Do you guys do Yankees fundraisers? Do you send George your own money? Do you all agree to pay 0.05% of Derek Jeter's contract? Just asking.
The MLB needs a cap, if it takes a year like the NHL so be it. I think the union can be beat. It just takes some muscle, something the MLB hasn't shown. I can't see the players not accpeting some type of cap after a year or so.
Its just not right for teams like Pittsburgh, and especially teams like Oakland who draft so well and really deserve to be the best in the league for a long time but can't maintain there players when they hit FAs.