As a lifetime Brewer fan, I was happy to see a response from Brewers GM Doug Melvin regarding the Yankees offer to C.C. Sabathia. A
After the Brewers offered Sabathia a $100 million offer, the one and only big-spending New York Yankees submitted a deal worth $140 million to Sabathia's camp. To me, that is just wrong. Melvin obviously felt the same way.
"They could have offered him 110, there was no reason to go up to 140," said Melvin.
It seems that the Yankees are gonna once again going to try and buy a World Series title. Hal Steinbrenner is cut out of the same mold as his father, who emptied the bank on some of the game's superstars. The Yankees have single handily made it nearly impossible for teams to compete in the free agent market.
But getting back to Melvin. His arguments against the Yanks were justified and this reporter feels that these criticisms are long over due. Not just from a Brewer stand point, but all of Major League Baseball.
The current trend in the league splits teams into two groups. You either have to rely on money or the farm. Teams like the Brewers have spent countless years developing a farm system and have recruited top players to get where they are today. Then you have the teams like the Mets, Yankees, and Cubs, who spend so much money that they almost start their own financial crisis.
And you'll have to forgive me for ranting like this, but its not right!
It has gotten to the point that teams like the Royals, Nationals, Pirates, and Reds will have little chance of getting to the playoffs, let alone a World Series. My question is, when does MLB step in. MLB officials, umps, and executives are so afraid of change these days. And this is about more than just money.
Finally, years after other sports, MLB has finally instituted instant replay, and even that's just for home runs. What about other plays? Do you realize how many calls were blown on the base paths this year.
I saw 2008 as the worst season for umpiring in a long time. If umpires want to complain about using replay, then get it right the first time. We have 50- and 60-year-old men out there who can't see the hand in front of their face let alone a bang-bang play at first.
Come on MLB, you should know better. Lets get the calls right! The sanctity of the game will remain, but it is not fair when teams lose games because of the men in blue.
Getting back to Melvin, it was nice to see some negative attitudes towards the Yankees. People like to make jokes about how much money they spend, and they like to complain, but no one has done a thing. Melvin finally put the thoughts of many into action.
I applaud you Doug and hopefully more will follow in your footsteps. Let's see franchises build a team, not buy one.