Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Money doesn't buy rings, but what it definitely does buy is the ability to recover from a free agent mistake. It also makes it far easier to add depth to a team so as to prevent a few injuries from ruining a season.

Baseball needs a salary cap and it needs it now. Whenever average (at best) pitchers are commanding $10 million + salaries, there is a huge problem. They need to break the union and install a cap. It's the only long term hope for the success of the league.

Presently, there are about 25 teams out of the running for most of the free agents in the market. That's just not good for the health of the game. When fans give up on their team before the season even starts, it's just not good.

The NFL is successful because all of the teams salaries are on par. Everyone has a chance. MLB is successful in spite of the huge salary disparity of the teams. That can't last forever.


Plang said...

That, and for some teams it is actually more profitable to be at the bottom - just ask Kansas City. Forbes had a great article about baseball and their current profit share program a while back.

e said...

Exactly, Paul. A lot of people don't know about the revenue sharing. There needs to be a cap AND a basement. Force the frugal teams into spending 60million.