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To say the money has gotten them nothing flies against everything BP has said about the playoffs and regular season for years and sounds like the words of a Yankee apologist. The playoffs are a crapshoot. The Yankees have been the best team is baseball in the regular season for almost every one of the last 15 years. Every team sharing 50% of all revenue makes perfect sense and would make the league much better. Great article by Posnanski today on the subject.
Not advocating for a cap, just saying fans in other sports don't complain and the current MLB system has people complaining all the time. More sharing of local revenue is the answer.
Get ready for a winter of talk about the Yankees (and Mets, Red Sox et al to a lesser extent) and their money advantage. As a Red Sox fan, I admit the money gives them a huge advantage over the Orioles, Jays and Rays and I find it makes rooting for the Sox against all but the other wealthy teams much less interesting. The Yankees and Sox are not to blame for any of this. MLB and the owners are to blame for a winter of nothing but negative talk about the game. Fans of other sports may complain a little about losing a player to a salary cap, but they accept it as part of being in a league.
As to Jim Rice's "improbable" walk in the 1986 Series, Rice was 4th on the team in walks in '86 with 62 behind Boggs, Evans and Barrett and led both the Sox and Mets with 6 walks and 6 runs in the series. I know it's fun to malign Rice, but I'm not sure improbably is at all accurate.
Otherwise, a great article as always. Review past pitching feats is great fun and certainly great fodder for speculation.
I wouldn\'t say the advantage is \"unfair\", but it\'s definately an advantage. The Yankees haven\'t won a series but, as this site often points out, that is not the true measure of long term greatness. The regular season is the best measure and the Yanks have dominated for the last 5 years, 10 years, 15 years... Money is the primary reason for the dominance and I think it makes baseball less interesting. Rooting for the Yankees (and to a lesser extent Boston, the Mets or Cubs) is not nearly as interesting as rooting for a team that wins on a level playing field.