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08:21 AM ET 02.22 | Even if Albert Pujols doesn't wind up with the Cubs, Kenny Williams isn't fond of the topic. The Cardinals slugger might be thousands of miles away from Glendale, but with talk that he might command around $30 million a year when his contract runs out or re-signs with the Cardinals, Williams has looked at the present and into the future, and he doesn't like what he sees. Consider this his warning shot to the rest of the league. "For the game's health as a whole, when we're talking about 30 million dollar players, I think it's asinine," Williams said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. "We have gotten to the point of no return. Something has to happen. And if it means the game being shut down for the sake of bringing sanity to it, to franchises that aren't going to stop the insanity, I'm all for it."

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February 22, 2011  08:25 AM ET

tip of the hat to Kenny Williams - he's absolutely correct!

February 22, 2011  08:41 AM ET

He's right,; but, it's never gonna happen. The media also has a stake in fueling the inflation. As they say, a high tide raises all ships. In this case it will be a tsunami at some point.

They'll treat it just like they treated steroids and ignore it until it swamps them. It will be much worse financially though. They'll have lost entire markets for good before they see what's coming.

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February 22, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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tip of the hat to Kenny Williams - he's absolutely correct!

He is saying the owners and GMs cannot control themselves. So they need to shut the game down? Players/agents just ask.
That " cap " in the NBA keeps giving us the same teams every year at seasons end. The owners will circumvent that too. He has no gripe. His team has $.

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February 22, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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Kenny sure had no problem spending this offseason with money he claimed the team never had.

Until these guys talk about capping revenue streams-ticket prices, hot dogs, beer, parking merchandise and the like- then I say they are all just a bunch of a##holes.
They never talk about that, only salaries. Open the books or just stop with the crying. If owning a team is such a bad deal, why do they hang on to them?
$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and tax write offs for their business ventures.

February 22, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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Kenny sure had no problem spending this offseason with money he claimed the team never had.

That's a good point. Just because Albert would bring it to an entire new scale doesn't mean Williams isn't as guilty as the people he is criticizing.

February 22, 2011  09:15 AM ET
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He's right,; but, it's never gonna happen. The media also has a stake in fueling the inflation. As they say, a high tide raises all ships. In this case it will be a tsunami at some point. They'll treat it just like they treated steroids and ignore it until it swamps them. It will be much worse financially though. They'll have lost entire markets for good before they see what's coming.

I wouldn't say "never" but I will say when they do see it, it'll be too little too late.

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February 22, 2011  09:17 AM ET
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He is saying the owners and GMs cannot control themselves. So they need to shut the game down? Players/agents just ask. That " cap " in the NBA keeps giving us the same teams every year at seasons end. The owners will circumvent that too. He has no gripe. His team has $.

The way I read it, he's complaining for teams like the Pirates, Royals, et al - teams that don't have a ton of money.

MLB needs something to stop the escalating salaries but I have no clue what that would be

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February 22, 2011  09:24 AM ET
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The way I read it, he's complaining for teams like the Pirates, Royals, et al - teams that don't have a ton of money.MLB needs something to stop the escalating salaries but I have no clue what that would be

No local TV deals. New York and Boston just print money.

February 22, 2011  09:35 AM ET

Sounds like collusion to me. He's right that unless something is done it is never ending. Sign Albert to 300 million and then someone will want 350 to 400 million.

February 22, 2011  09:38 AM ET

Baseball attendance was impacted by the Great Recession across the country. The economy is slowly improving now BUT we are due another big downturn in the economy in the next few years due to all (70 million) baby boomers retiring with little to savings, diabetic due to being over weight and fewer people working to keep social security, medicare and Medicaid going. All optional expenditures will be greatly impacted, including baseball. Owners and player NEED to prepare for this but of course they won't and get blindsided by the world's economy going belly up again and this time the governments won't have the money to bail companies out like they did the past couple of years. The generations will have this to deal with along with a crumbling infrastructure to deal with so everyone across the board with be taking several steps backwards in economic status, baseball included. I think Kenny Williams knows this is coming down the tracks and the massive train wreck that is in all of our futures.

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February 22, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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Until these guys talk about capping revenue streams-ticket prices, hot dogs, beer, parking merchandise and the like- then I say they are all just a bunch of a##holes.They never talk about that, only salaries. Open the books or just stop with the crying. If owning a team is such a bad deal, why do they hang on to them?$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and tax write offs for their business ventures.

I hear what your saying 50 year fan and I do agree but no one forces a 11 dollar beer into someones hand, people pay it so in turn whether it be the Clubs or the vendors who they contact out to, they will charge it. While teams like the Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs and I'm sure there are other's, ticket sales more than cover player saleries ,then there are the extras like team endorsements that also bring in a ton of revenue and probably also could pay an entire teams salery. It's really up to the fans in a way who has to put their foot down and say, this is way too expensive, though while a good idea you then have the corporate luxury box holders who could care less what they pay as they write it off anyway.

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February 22, 2011  09:56 AM ET

Certainly MLB, since they've given the ok on the existence of each team as they joined the league, they must consider the overall fiscal health of the league and for each franchise. Things have gotten way too crazy and spending has to be pulled in some. Will the union go along with it? No way but it's up to us to decide that the only way to take the union down a peg or two is to do without MLB when things shut down. It's going to suck, it's going to hurt but it's for the better.

 
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