The New York Yankees Represent Everything Wrong with Baseball

Divya ParmarSenior Analyst IFebruary 27, 2008

The New York Yankees have a payroll of $218 million. $218 million!

Despite this, they won't even win their own division thanks to the Red Sox.

They may not even win the wild card, which seems to be reserved for Cleveland or Detroit.

What does that say about a team's fiscal and personnel management?

This isn't even my main point. What bothers me about the Yankees is they made baseball so much about money that it ruined to fun for many fans.

There are now only nine or 10 teams that actually matter in baseball. Payrolls are so high that over half the teams in MLB have no chance at all.

What about A's fans or Orioles fans or even Padres fans that have no chance at all in today's MLB? The game is rigged towards big market high payroll teams.  

The Tampa Bay "Don't Call Us Devil" Rays are basically a Quadruple-A team that feeds talent they can’t afford to keep teams like the Yankees and Red Sox locked and loaded.

Sure, revenue sharing has helped a little, but that is not enough. Baseball is now a rigged card game, and the grand ol’ pastime is no longer as innocent as it used to be.

It is a business, and a big business for that matter. I hear about record attendance and $6 billion of revenue. Tell that to Marlins fans. They don’t see any of that. The only teams that feel this great boom in profit and attendance are the big boy teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, and Cubs.

This great prosperity is only for the rich teams. The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

Is this a great league? Or is it a rigged game favoring certain teams?