Wednesday, 26 March 2014

New Sheriff In Town

As a huge baseball fan I realize how ridiculous the payrolls are for each and every team. I touched on it before in one of my previous blogs, but today was a bit of a sadly historic day in the MLB.

The New York Yankees, the evil empire, have been the renowned team to go out and throw their money around like monopoly money. This year was no exception.

Today, the Los Angeles Dodgers climbed the top of the shameful mountain of having the highest player payroll in the MLB. This is the first time since 1998 that there has been a team other than the Yankees that have spent more on their team and their players. The Dodgers have been actively attracting players to the Golden State for a few years now. Halfway through the 2012 season the Dodgers made a blockbuster deal to pick up starting pitcher Josh Beckett, 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez, infielder Nick Punto and outfielder Carl Crawford. Picking up these players solidified all areas of their lineup and has made their payroll jump, but also peaked their competitiveness. 

LA is currently spending $235 million dollars on their players for the 2014 season. Take this into perspective; the Houston Astros are paying only $44 million on their team, and the Dodgers are spending $33 million MORE than the second most spending team. Which is no other than the Yankees.

The Dodgers ended up winning their division last year so their spending has paid off. They ended up losing in six games in the National League Championship Series, failing to reach the World Series, the ultimate tip of the cap for an MLB team.

Lately when it comes to the MLB, it has become a spending frenzy. It makes me think of the savages in New York when the stock market is exploding. A large bunch of people begging and pleading for the services of another person or company. In this case, as a General Manager, you're throwing your money at the players you want to perform on the field.

This year the average Major League Baseball team salary is $115,132,013.20.

I heard on the radio today that with the average Canadian salary, it would take thirty-seven years to bring home just one million dollars, yet these men make one million in just about two days work on the field.

I can greatly appreciate the talents that these men portray on the field, and the hard work they put in each and every day to put on a show for the fans and to become the best team in the world. But when it comes to throwing around money like it is nothing, MLB takes the cake.

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