Re: As (55mil) in, LAA (154mil) and TEX (120mil) OUT!
posted at 10/7/2012 6:39 AM EDT
In response to notin's comment:
An MLB salary cap would create far less parity than fans imagine. MLB already is the onlyl sport where every team wins between 40-60% of their games, and crowns new champions more frequently than all the others. What do fans want?
The Yankees have won about 25% of the WS in history...I don't see how that's parity.
Since the strike in 2004, when salaries really started exploding, you've got the Yankees for 5, Boston for 2, St Louis 2, Marlins 2 (both bought), and a mix of high budget teams throughout. The only real exceptions are the Giants, who won on a rare depth of quality, home-grown pitching (and carrying Zito's deal), and AZ winning once against long odds. Other than that; Bos, Phi, St L, LAA, CWS. That's not parity, those are teams that spend, spend, spend. Maybe a case could be made fot STL, their towards the upper middle of the pack, but have shown a willingness to spend when needed, and have grown good pitching as well. NOT signing Pujols will end up being their best move though.
The division is getting larger, it's going to be getting like football of the 80s where only 2 or 3 teams can really be expected to win unless someone catches lightning in a bottle for a season.
In the NFL, 14 teams have only 1 or 0 SB appearances, which seems to totally lack parity. But when you look closer, of the 10 teams with only 1 SB appearance, 9 have occured since 1994, with only the Jets being since the 60s (haha). CLE, DET, JAX, HOU haven't made it, for those that wonder. The NFL is going in the correct direction, MLB is going the other way.