redsfan2 Posted February 4, 2004 Report Share Posted February 4, 2004 Thought this would be a better fromat for this discussion as it may tend to get lengthy. First off I agree with you that the whole pay structure of baseball is a mess. You've got a couple of big market teams like the Yankees and Dodgers that will spend aything they want for any player they want and luxury tax be damned. At the other end of the spectrum, you have guys like Lindner ( and Mikey before him ) that say I'm just going to get a bunch of guys ..... buy them baseball uniforms and put them on the field. Nobody'll ever know the difference, and I'll save a bunch of money for myself. The Lindners of baseball are as much of a problem as the Steinbrenners. Probably worse, because while there is no guarentee that your high priced players will win, there is a level of pay below which you are guarenteed to lose. Baseball needs to set a high .. and a Low for payroll for the teams. Do away with the luxury tax. It's not working anyway. Set the limit, say that's it and the commissioners office will not approve further contracts. All contracts have to be approved by the commisioners office so it's easy to be like a bartender and say ... you've had enough that's it. At the same time, the commissioners office gets Lindners $500.00 dollar budget for the year and says .......... you are below the minimum. We will take the difference between what you are paying and the minimum, deduct it from your tv revenue and divide it among the players based on years in the league. Doing that takes away his incentive to go cheap.Money isn't the evil ......... it's the tool that the evil use to do their dirty work. I watched Steinbrenner spend a ton of money on players and not have a .500 season. We all saw what the Devil Rays did with a mid level budget last year. Dodgers are another good example. Huge payroll, but where are they at year after year ???? You need good people in the organization to identify the talent and then pay a reasonable amount of money to develop and or trade for the players that will make you a contender. The Braves ( as much as I hate them ) are a good example of how to run a franchise. They have a higher payroll, but not the biggest ..... and they field a winning team year after year. Now they may choke in the NLCS or Series, but they get there. Pay is just one of the problems with baseball. There are a lot of others. The biggest is that you cannot have an owner as the commissioner. It's a built in conflict of interest. The other big problem is Feer who is a glorified agent that really doesn't care about the game or the players, All he wants is his pay off. He's a whore in the worst sense of the word. Get a good, strong , Independent, commissioner ....... get union management that realizes that they have a public to answer to, and you have the base on which you can re build baseball. It's either that or keep lurching out of control from one emergensy to the next. I'm done now Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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