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    Yankees ruining baseball

    Now that Texiera has signed an 8 year 180 million dollar contract, the Yankees have spent 423 million this winter on 3 players. They could have bought 25% of GM. They are getting out of control, even the Red Sox don't have that kind of money. The potential for smaller teams to go bankrupt and fold is going to be a stark reality soon.


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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbahotep View Post
    Now that Texiera has signed an 8 year 180 million dollar contract, the Yankees have spent 423 million this winter on 3 players. They could have bought 25% of GM. They are getting out of control, even the Red Sox don't have that kind of money. The potential for smaller teams to go bankrupt and fold is going to be a stark reality soon.
    I agree. It is now ridiculous.



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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    The Yanks have been destroying baseball for a long time now.....


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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    The only way to solve this is a salary cap. Too bad the unions will never go for it. Getting the Yankees to overpay their athletes is actually part of their job description.


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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    It is completely out of control. I have yet to understand how they plan on filling seats in that new stadium.
    One of the sports radio talk shows was talking to a New York lawyer a few weeks ago. He has held 4 season tickets for years. Every year he wrote a check for $88,000 to pay for those tickets. Now those same 4 tickets would cost him $880,000.



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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    Ruining? More like ruined. I stopped watching anything except the playoffs 15 years ago. I stopped watching the playoffs about 5 years ago.



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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    Money sure hasnt been buying them Championships the past few years. In this economy, with what is going on in NY with the market, I dont know how fans can think spending that money is good. The Yanks are way past the line of reality.


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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Ruining? More like ruined. I stopped watching anything except the playoffs 15 years ago. I stopped watching the playoffs about 5 years ago.
    I hate the "made for TV" playoffs. The regular season used to mean more in baseball. It isn't as bad as hockey or basketball yet (regular season wise), but it is getting there.



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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    This is why I stopped following baseball 15 years ago. I refuse to buy a ticket to any professional sporting event.



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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    What makes it hard for me is players who are good and play for teams like the Brewers, Twins, Royals, etc. Will leave and take the money, which I don't blame them, but it's hard for these teams to develop an identity. The days of George Brett and Robin Yount sticking with a team their entire career are over.


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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    Please. Perhaps you missed the entire 2008 season, where Tampa of all teams made the series. And maybe you didn't notice that the Rays are in the same division as Boston and New York.

    No team is going to go bankrupt with the luxury tax in place. Teams like KC and Tampa benefit financially from teams like New York spending so much. The luxury tax doesn't create parity like the cap in the NFL, but it makes certain that even the perpetual losers can turn a profit.



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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    If half a billion is what it takes to keep up with those pesky 40 million a year payroll Tampa Rays....well I guess that's what they have to do.


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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Klaverius View Post
    Please. Perhaps you missed the entire 2008 season, where Tampa of all teams made the series. And maybe you didn't notice that the Rays are in the same division as Boston and New York.

    No team is going to go bankrupt with the luxury tax in place. Teams like KC and Tampa benefit financially from teams like New York spending so much. The luxury tax doesn't create parity like the cap in the NFL, but it makes certain that even the perpetual losers can turn a profit.
    Tampa Bay is losing money hand over fist, and the small market clubs are doing the same. The luxury tax will do nothing to help these clubs in the long run, when they have to pay 5-8 million a year just to keep a mediocre player. I guarantee the Rays will be bottom feeders again after their young stars bolt for the money, and I'm willing to bet Tampa Bay won't have a franchise within 10 years.


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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    I was looking foward to this year in baseball but I don't know how any fan of any team other than the Yankees could. If it was a perfect world fans wouldn't go to any baseball games and let the players/clubs suffer for not making the money to pay them.

    If players can go on strike and ditch the fans, fans should realize they can go on strike and ditch the teams until there is some fairness to this system.


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    Re: Yankees ruining baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by Klaverius View Post
    Please. Perhaps you missed the entire 2008 season, where Tampa of all teams made the series. And maybe you didn't notice that the Rays are in the same division as Boston and New York.

    No team is going to go bankrupt with the luxury tax in place. Teams like KC and Tampa benefit financially from teams like New York spending so much. The luxury tax doesn't create parity like the cap in the NFL, but it makes certain that even the perpetual losers can turn a profit.
    Having read just the headline, I was thinking the exact same thing; they'd be ruining baseball if they were actually winning championships with that payroll.

    The part that goes beyond just the Yankees is the fact that they inflate salaries to such a rediculous degree that when the players finally want out of NY, no one can afford them, and if they do, they can't afford anyone with which to surround that player. The Yankees have a ripple effect that hurts everyone. The only thing that stops the Yankees from signing every player in the league is the number of open spots on their roster.



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