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fk24 05-02-2010 12:06 PM

Does MLB need a salary cap?
 
Small market teams like the Blue Jays will never be able to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox because of payroll. Should there be a salary cap to make t more competitive?

jeffb 05-02-2010 12:10 PM

Yes, and a complete change to thei playoff format as well. Baseball is the hardest sport by far to just get to the playoffs. Which is why you get alot of franchises that go 20yrs between playoff appearances.

Stonezz 05-02-2010 01:04 PM

Blue Jays dont have to be a small market team they're just cheap

Gurk 05-02-2010 01:07 PM

They should. Teams like Yankees have so many all-star players signed to huge contracts that it becomes really hard for the rest of the team to compete

Claudius 05-02-2010 01:08 PM

Yes, but it'll never happen.

MLB loves the Boston/NY rivalry and as long as Chicago and LA can afford to spend and be amongst the top teams MLB will NEVER truly fight for what is needed.

People point to Tampa but they're already thinking of letting Crawford go because they can't afford him and we know he'll likely end up in New York to replace Gardner or someone else.

I'd say that we'll likely end up seeing 2 more wild card places added in a best of 3 type of format in the first round to keep the schedule short.

Stonezz 05-02-2010 01:31 PM

Yea Tampa is gonna fade again when their good young players look for big bucks when their deal is up.

Windex 05-02-2010 06:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stonezz (Post 373365)
Blue Jays dont have to be a small market team they're just cheap

+1
and add 2 more playoff spots in each league

fancylad 05-02-2010 10:11 PM

I honestly don't know how markets like Baltimore, Kansas City, Cincinatti, Pittsburgh, etc. can maintain fan support. Maybe fan support there sucks, i don't know as i don't follow baseball other than blue jays casually.

jeffb 05-02-2010 10:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stonezz (Post 373365)
Blue Jays dont have to be a small market team they're just cheap

They bleed $$$ year after year, what do you expect them to do, spend another 30-50Mil?

MangoKidHoops 05-03-2010 10:19 AM

Salary cap is needed for parity and I think for the survival of Major League Baseball. It works for the NFL, it works for the NHL. But like C pointed out, it's never going to happen. The Yankees don't mind spending an extra 30 mil a year if it means they win the WS.

I don't know if the extra wild card spots work simply because it means that the big market teams are guaranteed to still make the playoffs. It doesn't really correct things. It's like putting cologne on a really smelly dude. It just masks the problem - but you know that's exactly what Selig and Co. are going to do.

Stonezz 05-03-2010 02:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 373470)
They bleed $$$ year after year, what do you expect them to do, spend another 30-50Mil?

Yessss

Claudius 05-03-2010 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by MangoKidHoops (Post 373583)
Salary cap is needed for parity and I think for the survival of Major League Baseball. It works for the NFL, it works for the NHL. But like C pointed out, it's never going to happen. The Yankees don't mind spending an extra 30 mil a year if it means they win the WS.

I don't know if the extra wild card spots work simply because it means that the big market teams are guaranteed to still make the playoffs. It doesn't really correct things. It's like putting cologne on a really smelly dude. It just masks the problem - but you know that's exactly what Selig and Co. are going to do.

And it pisses me off to no extent.

It's funny because the MLB isn't really aware of the predicament they're going to enter into.

Look at the amount of African Americans not participating in baseball. The numbers are way down because basketball has gotten traction and to a lesser extent so has the MLS. The games are more entertaining to watch and the leagues are less predictable.

The MLB is far too predictable and while right now, revenue is high, they should examine what that revenue is without just NYY and the Red Sox. I'd say MLB would be on the same level as the NHL at that point in terms of revenue coming in from fans.

If the MLB doesn't fix its structure in say 10 yrs, I could 4-6 teams disappearing with another 4-5 in trouble. If I'm an owner in the MLB I point directly at the top 4 spenders and say you're the reason salaries have escalated (see: Howard, Ryan, good player but not A-Rod in his prime good).

If I'm them, I set the cap at 100 million (high but not exorbitant) and begin the playoffs in September with the top 6 teams making the playoffs. Make the first round a best of 3 and go from there.

DVS 05-03-2010 02:48 PM

I say throw in a balanced schedule and maybe expand the playoffs before adding in a salary cap. You can't go too drastic with MLB just one step at a time.


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