Baseball Crank
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May 27, 2005
BASEBALL: Worth A Thousand Words

You know, numbers alone just can't capture the distance between the Hated Yankees' payroll and everyone else's:


Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:19 PM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

What's your solution? Salary caps? Wouldn't that be a bit to leftist?

Or are you just whining?

Also, who's it hurting? You can't buy a World Series, way too much luck involved. Are you upset that you feel other teams have to spend to keep up, so ticket prices at your favorite ballpark go up? Twins and A's show you don't need to spend to stay competitive.

Posted by: Clay at May 27, 2005 11:17 PM

I don't see anything in Crank's post (all one sentence of it) that could be construed as complaining in any way.

The amazing thing to me is that Yankees have managed to more than double their payroll since 2000. The only other team anywhere near that rate of growth is the Angels (or at least they were, before they cut payroll this offseason).

Posted by: Richard at May 28, 2005 2:53 AM

Of course, the difference between the Yankees and the Red Sox is largely going to fund Jason Giambi and Kevin Brown, so the degree to which it is an advantage is open to debate...

Posted by: Jerry at May 28, 2005 11:07 AM

On the gripping hand, it's not like other teams don't have albatross contracts around their necks, too. Maybe not Giambi-level albatrosses, but certainly Brown-level ones. Epstein isn't too happy about the $10 Renteria is pulling down this year. The Yankees, as has been noted by wiser baseball people than me, get to do something stunningly dumb like sign Giambi to the contract they offered him and still trade for A-Rod and sign Sheffield.

Building a team is about paying various amounts of money for various quality lottery tickets and hoping that enough of them pay off what you bought them for. The fact that the Yankees have lost some big ticket gambles is hardly surprising; their advantage is precisely that they can make those gambles in the first place and survive if they don't pan out.

Posted by: NBarnes at May 29, 2005 7:49 AM

Epstein isn't too happy about the $10 Renteria is pulling down this year.

Says who? Epstein negotiated that contract. Do you really think Theo has so little confidence in his own judgement that he was already reaching for the panic button? In the Bronx this past weekend Renteria was a BIG reason why the BoSox beat the Yankees like a drum - 10 for 12, 2 HRs (including a grand slam) and 6 RBIs. That's a pretty good 3 game stretch for anyone.

Posted by: Gardner at May 30, 2005 10:37 AM

MLB isn't an example of a pure open market (someone in Queens certainly can't start their own franchise...gotta go through MLB) so the "leftist" stuff doesn't really apply.

And, the A's most certainly show that spending money is quite important in today's baseball era since their best three players are now on the Orioles (Tejada), Braves (Hudson) and Cardinals (Mulder), for one reason and one reason only ------ they couldn't afford to keep them.

There's no need to be confrontational.

Posted by: RW at May 31, 2005 6:02 AM
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