Of Baseball And The Small Market Condition

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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)


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10 Comments

As a fan of a big market team, I want things to stay how they are. Anyone who wants otherwise is a COMMUNIST.

(throws more gasoline on fire)

If they institute a salary cap, I want it to be like this: Every team must have the same exact salary. And we should have robot umpires. And all the players should have the same exact skillsets -- perhaps due to exosuits, like that Jonathan Lethem short story "Vanilla Dunk" -- and all food at baseball games should taste exactly the same.

I love avocados. I love guacamole. But guacamole is a football food.

I wonder if the real benefit of a high payroll is just a greater margin for error. The Yankees can sign somebody shitty and just say no big deal we'll just sign somebody else, because what's 10 million dollars to them. Likewise, the Dodgers can spend $15M on Jason Schmidt and still go out and take guys on at the deadline.

In other words, I'm a communist.

I kinda like the salary floor idea. I have no real problem with teams spending money 'cause I'm not one of them pinko commie pigdogs, BUT according to ESPN's MLB Salaries page, Alex Rodriguez by himself made more money than the Pittsburgh Pirates. There's something wrong with that.

I think youse guys need to stop wasting our fossil fuels on tire fires.

Salary caps will actually make the rich teams richer and the poor teams poorer by creating salary FLOORS and forcing big time teams to devote more money to buying Dominicans. Anyone who thinks otherwise is dead wrong, or a Royals fan. Revenue sharing is GREAT though, and I firmly believe the commish should open up the floodgates a little bit more so the smaller teams can afford to, you know, run their organization.

We need a cap, so teams like the Yanks and Sox can ill-afford to throw around huge contracts, and hope that some work out while they absorb the ones that don't.

We also need a floor, so dipshit owners can't take all the revenue from their team and put it in their pockets whilst not re-investing.

We also need robot umpires. Why live with "almost every call being correct" when we can have "every single call is correct, and Country Joe West is out of a job"?

Ed: To be fair, A-Rod might've had more Win Shares than the Pirates had wins.

dmac: Point taken.

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