Comments on: Yankees back winning — good for baseball? The Reuters global sports blog Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:27:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: Rich Mon, 09 Nov 2009 22:38:07 +0000 This is further reason to correct the draft. The slotting system doesn’t work. Allow teams to trade draft pics and give precious resources to franchises who claim that money is the only reason they can’t compete. 1/market-correction-needed-for-rookie-ml b-contracts/

By: Rich Mon, 09 Nov 2009 22:32:05 +0000 Baseball is now a 6 BILLION dollar industry. It is not dying anytime soon. As for the payroll inequality, while the fans of other teams liken the Yanks to pure evil, the owners of their own teams have dollar signs in their eyes as the Yanks, Red Sox, and perhaps 2-4 other teams can essentially guarantee a sellout at the stadium for any given 3 game series.

When Cinn-Pitt late in the season cannot even get 10k people to the stadium you cannot blame the Yanks. You must blame the product on the field. Having more money means the Yanks can take more chances (and make more mistakes). The A’s and Twins are two great examples of putting out a solid product through minimizing risk, focusing on fundamentals and, yes, knowing when to sell high on assets. Once free agency hit baseball and players were not bound to a location the larger markets automatically had an appear, just as Texas and Florida do for tax purposes.

It is a convenient excuse for everyone to point the finger at, but it is not the cause of poor products by other teams. And it also allows people to make money off “Evil Empire” t-shirts.

By: Larry Mon, 09 Nov 2009 01:25:05 +0000 I’m old enough to remember the great Yankee-Royals rivalry of the late ’70s when George Brett, Hal McRae, Willie Wilson and Freddie Patek roamed the major league landscape.
There most certainly IS an imbalance, but doesn’t mean industrious small market clubs can’t rise up. The Twins do a great job year in, year out.
Why even the Royals have cause for optimism. I think Billy Butler is going to be a special hitter. Callaspo can hit. Soria is top notch out of the pen. They need Alex Gordon to fulfill his promise. If the young starters as a group can step up, KC can play with the big boys.
Of course, they are disadvantaged but the gap between players is more narrow in baseball than most any other sport and youthful spirit can be contagious.

By: Mike H Sat, 07 Nov 2009 10:00:01 +0000 I’m a Kansas City Royals fan. Or at least I used to be. Professional baseball is pointless to me since every year I know coming out of spring training that the Royals are going to end up somewhere near the bottom of the American League Central.

Major League Baseball is a microcosm of America. The wealthy (Yankees) continue to get wealthier and the poor (Royals) continue to get poorer. The gap widens annually. It has nothing to do with one club working harder than the other. It has to do with rules in place that allow for one team to enjoy advantages that others don’t have. It’s why I don’t give a damn about professional baseball anymore, and neither do my children.

We watch football and basketball games where salary caps attempt to equalize the spending ability of each team. Then, if our teams don’t do well, we look to team management and the players as the reason. In baseball, the Yankees buy up all the good players that they want and everyone else gets scraps.

If Bud Selig doesn’t open his eyes soon he’s going to end up being the reason baseball dies. The Yankees winning the World Series clearly shows what is wrong with MLB and, to an extent, what is wrong with America.

By: Larry Sat, 07 Nov 2009 09:15:50 +0000 Very interesting points made by Michael and Mark.
Yankees definitely have big advantage, but them’s the rules. They play by them. They TRY to field the best team they can, as opposed to some niggardly owners who pocket their revenue sharing money rather than plow it back into their team.
Baseball is a difficult game to judge — the Yanks spent a fortune and spent nearly a decade before winning the crown again.
I think other big league teams and their fans relish the chance to take down the Yankees.

By: Mark Fri, 06 Nov 2009 21:28:12 +0000 You’re in denial if you think the Yankees did not buy this world series championship! They will sign Matt Holiday and Lackey in the offseason and win again next year. This is a broken system and it is bad for baseball!!

By: Michael Fri, 06 Nov 2009 21:24:53 +0000 Yes they have some homegrown talent, but they only way they still have these players (like jeter) is because they have the money to resign them. Small market teams cannot retain their best players because teams like the Yankees outbid them every year.

By: Yessir Fri, 06 Nov 2009 15:43:22 +0000 Yes, yes, a thousan times yes. What a team! Just hope it can be kept together for next year!