Haha, look at what I've created.
It sounds like you are just jealous that your pathetic little blue jays cant compete. 80 wins is under .500 buddy and that just doesnt cut it, so citing the fact that the blue jays have many 80 win seasons does not mean anything at all - other than they lack the talent to even finish the season with a .500 record -- yet you think this sub 500 record would be good enough to beat anyone else but the yanks/red sox? lol
Yes we spend 200mil plus every year because our ownership wants to win, not pinch pennies and try increase our profit margins while putting a sub-par product on the field. We get the best because we have one of the greatest fanbases in the world who are willing to pay for the best. 200 million is peanuts to the yankees, and they are not going to change the way they do business because teams like the blue jays simply cant keep up with them.
You make it sound like the MLB gives NY/BOS all this money to spend and thats why your poor little blue jays cant compete. Yankee fans pay higher ticket prices than any other team in the league, and make more money on their merchandise sales, tv contracts, etc than any other team in the league. So they shouldnt be allowed to spend all that money they make because your broke ass blue jay fans dont care enough about their team to support them in the same fashion? I guess the Steinbrenners should just put every dime in the bank and trot out a team with a $30 mil payroll?? We actually care about winning here, and are not content with 80 win "successful" seasons like some teams are.
I'm not going to spend much time on your nonsense, but a couple of things.
You might be too young to remember (or even to know this), but the Blue Jays were the highest payroll team in baseball less than two decades ago. They won two WS's because of it. Essentially, they were the Yankees of 1989-1993. Toronto still has the potential to be like this again (although perhaps not to quite the same extent). The only reason they've become a "small market," so to speak, is that the fans don't believe there is any hope to make the playoffs at the start of each season and therefore don't buy tickets. I'd imagine the same thing has happened to the Orioles and Rays (to a lesser extent).
I also don't have any problem with the way the Yankees do business and I wouldn't want them to cut back. I'm against a salary cap in baseball. However, this doesn't mean that MLB's current scheduling and playoff system is fair to the teams like the Rays, Blue Jays, and Orioles that can't afford to keep up with the two highest payroll teams in baseball (the Yankees and Red Sox can basically buy playoff appearances in the current format).
Adding another playoff spot is a good start to help with these issues, but it still won't completely solve the competitive disadvantage problem. The need for a balanced schedule is obvious (or else better teams like the Jays will still lose out the 2nd wildcard spot to lesser teams like Oakland and Minnesota due to having to play NYY/BOS nearly 40 times as opposed to 12 times). Joe Maddon has talked about this before: http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/fil ... _schedule/
Of course, this will never happen, as MLB designs its schedule around Yankees/Sox games. Apparently, there is too much money to be played in them playing that often.