Friday, December 26, 2008

Does Baseball Need A Salary Cap?

Does Baseball Need A Salary Cap?

There are definitely bigger issues to ponder these days, but with spring training only a few months away, it's time to take another look at the process by which baseball allows some teams to use the system to get more powerful, while other teams without the TV contracts and big market positions struggle.

I know the argument that these teams earned their positions and need to funnel the money that they make back into the team and into a superior product for their fans who expect playoffs if not championship every year.

These teams that inflate salaries by signing players to these contracts do pay a penalty in the form of the luxury tax, but for them it is just one more cost of doing business and is in no way an impediment, merely a small financial nuisance.

For me the fan (Mets although this is not sour grapes), some of the enjoyment of watching games goes away when some teams can in effect become all-star teams, picking up all of the best players simply because they can and most others can't.

Let's level the playing field so that the job of GM and head of minor league development become relevant again, as opposed to what has become relevant today. The size of the owners checkbook. Drafting quality prospects and bringing them up through the system has for the most part become a lost art. Let's bring it back.

Although the Mets did pick up a couple of good ones, let's look into a salary cap!


1 comment :

  1. I think this is now common to a lot of sports where managers are able to swing in the big players and deals as well. Perhaps the creative ones who have experience in that level can join the smaller teams and give the benefit of their experience.

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