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November 6, 2009, 05:05 PM
The Yanks are clearly the best team in baseball and the players deserve credit for winning it all. However, major league baseball has a glaring problem. The playing field is not level when you have no limit on a team's player payroll and you have one team, the Yankees, that is willing and able to excessively out-spend everyone else, buying up top players to ensure victory. The Yankees-Phillies payroll match-up was two to one: $208 million (before adding in a league-imposed "penalty" for overspending of $27 million--and that's before adding in huge signing bonuses) versus $111 million.

Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia, who were key to the Yankee success, were obtained this season in long-term contracts that commit over $400 million. No competition can justify this level of inequity. In poker, each player starts with the same amount of chips. In baseball today, with no true limit or cap, there is one team that starts with 50-100% more chips than the other teams. The spendthrift Yankees are winners, but they are making MLB look ridiculous while also detracting from their victory.

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