Pretty cool that your team actually has a chance these days, right? But what do we owe this to? I'm going to focus on baseball here because there's only a luxury tax not a salary cap and because baseball execs have taken credit for the righting the ship, thanks in part to revenue sharing, they say.
But I think credit actually shouldn't be going to MLB team offices. It should instead go to players (obviously) and those that make personnel decisions at World Series teams that have reached the October classic without huge payrolls. After all, if it were about what the league was doing, wouldn't we see less imbalance in the payrolls between World Series participants?
You see, the truth is that money allows teams to make more mistakes, but fiscal spenders who spend prudently can still win. That means it's harder to correlate revenue sharing with getting to the biggest games of them all.
Just look at the payrolls. If the Rockies were spending $90 million, maybe we could say baseball did it. But their opening day payroll was $54 million. The White Sox spent $75 million in 2005 when they won. The Marlins spent $45 million in 2003.
It's great that in seven years, 40 percent of Major League Baseball teams played in the World Series. But I'm not going to give full credit to MLB execs until the Devil Rays make it there on a $100 million payroll.
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