Salary Cap? Who needs a salary cap? Part II

Once again the answer is baseball, that’s who.

I’m bring this subject back up because, well, its controversial.

I am 100% for baseball installing some type of salary cap. I think that the fans of smaller market teams will agree with me on this. Not only is baseball behind on the instant replay idea, they are on the money idea.

Baseball is a sport in which the team with the most money signs the best players. What ever happened to scouting, developing, and utilizing players? Those days are almost long gone. Now a team either signs a free agent or trades away their prospects for a home run slugger or ace starting pitcher.

I happen to be an Atlanta Braves fan. Atlanta’s salary cap was about 105 million last year. The Yankees’ salary was about 210 million. That is twice as much as Atlanta was able to spend. How is that in anyway fair? I don’t think it is.

If anyone thinks that I am bias because my team can’t spend so much you are wrong. My favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are the 1st or 2nd richest team in all of football. They could spend so much more money then they do, but there is a salary cap. I still support the idea 100%.

Winning a championship should be decided by talent, not how many big players you can sign in the off season. It is just not fair that the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, and Dodgers can buy whoever they want.

I bring this up because I recently heard about a Yankees projected lineup next year. It included the signings of C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Ben Sheets, and Mark Teixeira. I doubt this would happen but the scary thing is that its possible. They could do this and it would not be fair to any of the other teams. New York gets all those great players while the Twins, Rays, and Marlins scrap the bottom of the free agent barrel for washed up vets who are one fall away from a hip replacement.

Please Bud Selig, do something. Don’t let this madness continue. In all honesty, if you don’t change it, then baseball needs someone who will. It is the right thing.


  1. NatMeg

    I 100% agree with you. It makes me sick to think that the Yankees can throw around all this money, while other teams (my Nationals for instance) are wallowing in baseball-bankruptcy. But I think you have to take into account the fact that part of the Yankees colossal payroll comes from marketing and merchandise and all that. I mean, you can go ANYWHERE in the US and see people wearing Yankees gear (maybe not in Boston though, that would be pretty risky). The same goes for the Red Sox, the Cubs, you get the picture. I mean I definitely support the salary cap, but there’s only so much you can do about regulating the popularity of a team, which in the end accounts for some part of the players’ payrolls. It’s definitely a tricky situation, and the least Selig can do is bring it to the table.

  2. hardballblog

    If they don’t utilize a salary cap I would at least like them to talk about it. Sure, the Yankees are by far the most popular sports team in America. They do earn all of their money, that is fine and dandy. It is the smaller market teams that just can’t generate that kind of revenue. It isn’t smaller market team’s fault that the city can’t support them the way New York, Boston, and Chicago can. Let’s be real, New York has what, 8 million people? With some simple math that shows that if 1 out of every 160 people show up that the Yankees would have 50,000 people at the game. It is unfair to the teams, the league, and the fans.

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