Major League Baseball has had some notoriously stingy and cheap owners in the past.
Gone are the days of Charlie Finley, Marge Schott and Calvin Griffith, three of the most thrifty owners in the game. Now, baseball is faced with an entirely new dynamic.
Television and media revenues strongly favor the big-market teams. With no salary cap in baseball, there is a huge disparity between the haves and the have nots.
In reality, the franchises that are always at the bottom of the spending scale are there because their revenues dictate it. Big-market teams with huge media revenue can far outspend the smaller market teams. In the current economy of baseball, this is simply the way it is.
Revenue sharing is not enough for these small-market teams to compete on a consistent basis. All they can realistically hope for is to catch lightning in a bottle for two or three years and have a short run of success.
When one of these small-market teams get good, they will ultimately lose some of their top players because they simply cannot afford to keep them. Salaries have skyrocketed, and the small-market clubs lose their top talent because of it.
Let's take a look at five of these downtrodden franchises that have an especially difficult time competing in today's baseball economy.