FAIR BALL!!!! Why The Yankees Are Playing FAIR Without a Salary Cap

Dave MilazzoContributor IAugust 8, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 2: Alex Rodriguez #2 (L) of the New York Yankees sits on the bench, joined by Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman (R) before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on July 2, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)


OK, I have talked to people around baseball and they think the way the Yankees are spending is completely irresponsible and bad for baseball. I disagree with that. As a season ticket holder I expect my team to put the best product on the field and feel owed it. Hear me out...

I'm paying into them over $200 a ticket for rather mediocre seats, the equivalent price would get me near the dug outs in most other parks. What I'm getting at, is that a pay a premium to be a fan of the Yankees and Yankee revenue is absurd. The Yankee revenue is literally 70% more than any other team in baseball (including the other so called big market teams, LA, Boston, Mets).. So if my team is taking in over 700 million, it's only fair those fat cats put a large chunk of it back out onto the field, to that end I do not feel bad about it, for even a second They also pay more in luxury taxes that are more than what some teams spend in salary! They make so much money from tickets (almost every game sold out) and merchandise (the Yankees hat is the #1 sold hat in the world) than they even spend on players. Japan has an increasing number of Yankees fans as well.

This brings the argument about a salary cap in baseball. In my opinion it’s never going to happen. I think a cap should be implemented but I believe if the cap is lower than what the Yankees are spending right now than there needs to be a minimal cap way higher than what the Marlins are spending. It blows my mind how a team like that can complain about what the Yankees are spending, when they are not even putting money into their organization enough to be serious contenders for more than a year. What will probably happen is a revise in the collective barging agreement and rearranges in the luxury tax system.

I also think the “Evil Empire” spending is another reason why TV ratings in baseball will continue to rise. When the Yankees draw nearly full road stadiums where ever they go, baseball and other teams reap the profits generated. They have started a philosophy, lead by Brain Cashman last year, to hold onto and develop young players. There is still a lot of homegrown talent in the organization, look at Alfredo Aceves, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Coke, Phil Hughes, Mark Melancon, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Melky Cabrera and Hideki Matsui. That’s second in baseball for the most home grown players on a 25 man roster.

And lets go Yanks 5 ½ game lead on the Redsox on HOMEGROWN talent seems pretty good right now can I hear sweep anybody?