Posted 07 February 2018 - 10:03 PM
I LOVE baseball and the Twins specifically. And let me state very clearly, I AM NOT TAKING SIDES in a players vs owners debate. In fact, I find it a bit silly to do so. What I do find interesting, however, is how some have vitriol to billionaire owners who OWN the teams vs players who are employees. Is this more a deep seeded "anger" towards haves and have nots? Right now, a utility baseball player who plays 5 season's, for example, will earn more money is his career than I will in a lifetime and be treated as a 1st class citizen on flights, hotel rooms, etc. And this is a "low earning" player. People talk about what a franchise is worth. Well, if it's worth that it's worth that when/if sold. It's not like that profit margin is stashed in a slush fund every single year. If any of us buys a stock or makes an investment that pays off, there may be dividends involved, but that big payday is when the stock/investment is sold.
I have NO PROBLEM with any player maximizing his earning potential! Conversely, I don't have a problem, overall, with a business owner maximizing profits and running a business intelligently. Now, I DO have a problem with any owner in an entertainment business pocketing money at the risk/loss of fair entertainment value. After all, these owners earn/earned their money elsewhere to begin with. They bought these franchises for anything from ego to being sports enthusiasts themselves. And I think ownership, as a collective, should hold certain owners accountable. But taking sides in a debate about billionaire owners and millionaire employees is kind of silly, IMO.
To the point that is supposed to be discussed!
On the field analytics are at an all time high. You don't think financial analytics aren't also being employed?
In 2017, 4 teams had payrolls of $200M or skirting it. The Royals were at the mean of $145M with several important players reaching FA. KC is paying a ton of money for Alex Gordon...a quality player in the past and a local Nebraska hero...to play LF and not hit, and not hit with power. Their window is probably closed and Hosmer is, reportedly, asking for 8 years at a huge salary. (Just one of their key players). What are they to do?
I don't buy collusion, though it's possible. Our own Twins, notoriously frugal, earned reputation or not, have offered a HUGE contract to Darvish, rumored to be the top offer thus far. I just don't see a conspiracy. I see teams being smarter about years and dollars. You think the Angels aren't holding out regrets for the Pujlos deal these days? I don't care what profession you are talking about, there are market corrections that take place. We are seeing one this year for various reasons.
Going forward, you want to fix this? Get rid of or lower arbitration years. Keep penalties in place, providing a soft cap, if not a hard cap. But also place minimum caps on teams. Other than non-guaranteed contacts, the NFL is so healthy for a reason. Yes, signing/roster bonuses and the such help offset this, but come on! If FO employees and coaches are guaranteed, then why aren't the players? And if you are an owner, and a member of the player's union, then do something for the milb players that are the supposed lifeblood for your organization! Except for bonus babies, they live in virtual poverty.
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