Well, baseball has done it again. Because there are no salary caps in MLB, the Yanks were able to pay $423 million to sign the marquee free agents — CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett.
I don’t blame the Yankees … they’re playing fairly and within the rules … but I think it’s absurd that one team is allowed to have the four highest paid players in the sport on the same team (Jeter, A-Rod, Sabathia and Teixeira).
That’s why I think the salary caps imposed by the NFL, NBA and NHL are more fair. After all, could you imagine if one NBA team could have Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony on the same team? Fans would be in an uproar (except for the fans of that one team).
Although the Yankees have tried to buy the World Championship over the past decade, fortunately that has not been the case – they haven’t won it all since 2000. But, they’re certainly aggressively trying to do it again. I guess that’s why I take so much joy when the smaller market teams, with 20% of the payroll, like the Tampa Bay Rays, can win the division and advance to the World Series.
Yes, I wish my hometown Nats had been able to sign Texeira instead of the Evil Empire Yankees, but I don’t blame the Yanks nor Texeira. Again, they’re playing within the rules. But, that’s why the MLB should consider a salary cap – and to make it more even and fair for all. Until then, I’ll continue to cheer on the underdogs (like the Rays and Twins). Can’t wait until Opening Day (that’s what happens when your fav NFL team doesn’t make the playoffs). 🙂