Thus far Playoffs 2009 has taught us many valuable things. For one, bullpens are apparently totally unreliable entities that should only be trusted when there is a most generous lead to protect. For two, teams that are proud of being "fundamentally sound" have a tough time beating teams that are proud of being "really good at baseball." Thirdly, umpires are having themselves one rough October wherein it is nearly impossible to get through an game without having some sort of controversy over a close call or whatnot. For the latest in this fine department, please see Aybar, Erick. Fourthly, Haas Avocados mistakenly think people actually want to buy their products. Lastly, the playoffs have shown us that even small market teams have a chance to go deep into the big dance. But not really. To the bullet points!
- Yankees (Payroll - $201,449,289, 1st in MLB)
- Angels (Payroll - $113,709,000, 6th in MLB)
- Phillies (Payroll - $113,004,048, 7th in MLB)
- Dodgers (Payroll - $100,458,101, 9th in MLB)
Oh my, isn't that surprising. The four remaining teams are all in the top ten? You don't say! But what does this show us about the current state of baseball? Is revenue sharing the answer? Do we need a salary cap? Or is the answer, rather, a salary floor?
(throws gasoline on tire fire)
What do you guys think?
(All salary figures courtesy of CBSSports)