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"The Yankees are smug and they are haughty"

Nov 8, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

Sure, that’s an incendiary quote from Jerry Green’s latest column in the Detroit News, but it’s said in the service of a pretty interesting and slightly more nuanced “the Yankees are all that is wrong with baseball” column than we’ve seen in the past few days.

Go beyond the headline and read the article.  The notion of the Yankees’ success is far more complex than the value of their payroll.  As much as it pains me to say it, baseball as we know it would not be the same without the history of the New York Yankees, and despite what everyone has said, their built-in business advantages have always been there.

Complaining about it seems beside the point right now.  I’m way more interested in hearing proposals of what to do about that advantage so as to diminish its impact as much as possible without killing the goose that has laid golden eggs for baseball for nearly a hundred years.

(Thanks to YankeefanLen for the link)

  1. Old Gator - Nov 8, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    (giggle) Thanks for the laugh, peawit. I wouldn’t mind having my own financial portfolio “destroyed” like the NFL, and why any right-wing dolt would mind such “destruction” after looking at the NFL’s popularity, viewership and bottom line is beyond me. I would think that even a neoconman would have enough of a slick of gray matter perched atop his brain stem to know profit gouging when he sees it and rejoice accordingly.

  2. Chris - Nov 8, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    The first post about the Yankees getting “hired guns” simply isn’t true. Most of the high-priced players the Yankees get are locked up for years. When all is said and done, somebody like A-Rod will have been on the team for 15 years! Posada, Cano, Jeter, Texiera, Melky, Hideki have all been/will be on the team for a while. Most of the “hired guns” you speak of that the Yankees get out of nowhere to fill in holes are mostly roll players (Hairston, Hinske). By your logic, players like Cliff Lee and Pedro are the definition for “hired guns”. And even so, there’s nothing wrong with that. The GM on a team isn’t doing his job if he isn’t making the team as good as it can be.
    The ONLY reason the Yankees are almost always in the hunt for a championship is location. They are in the biggest market in the country, in a city that breathes baseball 12 months a years. Look at the Mets. They had their worst season of all time, yet they can/will spend a ton of money to get better. If the NY Giants stayed in NY and the Yankees went to SF, then the Giants would be “the Yankees”.
    Other people just have to realize this. The Yankees are the premiere franchise for MLB and the MLB executives know this. They don’t want to kill the golden goose. Believe it or not the Yankees are good for baseball. As a Yankees fan, I enjoy the fact that it seems as though it everybody vs. the Yankees. The Empire has spoken.

  3. tommyg8589 - Nov 9, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    You all can just forget about the money. It doesn’t matter how much of a payroll a team has any more. The bottom line is the Playoff structure. It is extremely difficult to get past both rounds of the playoffs and win the World Series. The Division Series is really difficult…have a couple bad games and it’s home for the year. The playoffs are much more critical than a big payroll.

  4. bronx bomber 5 - Nov 9, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    In all this talk about which team spends money and which teams don’t, we overlook one immutable fact. Every team has a certain amount of money to spend. The Yankees have money because they get it from their market share, just like other other team (with the exception of the luxury tax money). The Steinbrenners are not spending their money; it’s Yankee money. And, if the money is there, who should get it but the players? I suppose you could give it to charity… the owners could take bigger cuts… etc. You could say that the Yankees could cut prices but that ignores the market value of the product, whether its a hat, a seat, or an ad spot on TV. If we make the revenue sharing tax bigger, it only works as a bigger disincentive for teams that are not spending their money on the players now. And, revenue sharing is already bigger than just the luxury tax. Check out attendance at parks all over the country when the Yankees or the BoSox come to town, aot. other teams. I’m not willing to say that baseball is broken when we have eight different champs in nine years.

  5. bronx bomber 5 - Nov 9, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Some thoughts about the state of baseball. IMHO, if baseball is challenged today, its due to a number of reasons. First, there are a lot of sports that are competing for market share and interest today that didn’t exist 30 – 40 years ago. Second, the US is producing less and less of the marquee players. Focusing on the US, not because I’m bigoted, but because the US drives the interest and market value of the game. Then, the games and seasons are longer. Because of all this, each US generation has less and less kids dying to be a big league ball player. That means less and less US kids that really understand the mental, physical, and nuanced aspects of the game. Without that understanding and adoration of the sport, less and less folks are wiiling to endure a season of 162 games that last four hours each. They just don’t get into the depth of the happenings on the field. Sit down and watch a game with a young person (

  6. comeonman - Nov 9, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    say whatever you want, call them whatever you want, in the end you will have to say………..
    THE YANKEES ARE CHAMPIONS OF BASEBALL,,,,,,,,,, AGAIN
    THE QUEST FOR # 28

  7. comeonman - Nov 9, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    ASK PEDRO WHAT TEAM HE WOULD KILL TO PLAY FOR,,,,,,,,,,
    ASK JETER HOW MANY PLAYERS ASK HIM ” HOW CAN I GET OVER THERE”
    THE YANKEES ARE WINNERS……..
    THANK YOU GEORGE………..
    OH, BY THE WAY, THE INFIELD IS LOCKED UP FOR A LONG TIME, THE MINORS ARE STOCKED WITH A FEW OUTIFELDERS AND A FEW GOOD CATCHERS, THE ARMS ARE GETTING BETTER AND THE NEW GUYS HAVE LEARNED FROM THE CORE FOUR, JETER, POSADA,ANDY AND MARIANO HOW TO WIN.THE YANKEES HAVE A NEW DYNASTY, WATCH OUT, HIDE THE WOMAN AND CHILDREN.

  8. comeonman - Nov 9, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    ASK PEDRO WHAT TEAM HE WOULD KILL TO PLAY FOR,,,,,,,,,,
    ASK JETER HOW MANY PLAYERS ASK HIM ” HOW CAN I GET OVER THERE”
    THE YANKEES ARE WINNERS……..
    THANK YOU GEORGE………..
    OH, BY THE WAY, THE INFIELD IS LOCKED UP FOR A LONG TIME, THE MINORS ARE STOCKED WITH A FEW OUTIFELDERS AND A FEW GOOD CATCHERS, THE ARMS ARE GETTING BETTER AND THE NEW GUYS HAVE LEARNED FROM THE CORE FOUR, JETER, POSADA,ANDY AND MARIANO HOW TO WIN.THE YANKEES HAVE A NEW DYNASTY, WATCH OUT, HIDE THE WOMAN AND CHILDREN.

  9. JudyJ - Nov 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    New York City took the hit for the country. And we are still standing. (not to downplay the Washington DC sacrifices). So, Yankees win a World Series – and, let us enjoy this. After all, we live in constant fear here in New York and we go on with our lives. Whining about the cost of the team – well, I still don’t care. Boston and the Mets spend a lot, too. I still don’t care. Yankees give me something to smile about and I don’t care what it costs. Because I have to measure what everything else costs – I still don’t care what they spend. It’s the team I root for and they should only have the best there is to offer.

  10. XTrust_No1X - Nov 18, 2009 at 1:49 AM

    Old Gator….Another suckass that loves the BlackNFL. OK braindrain….go ahead and lick all the gangstas nuts in the endzones while the morons that drag their knuckles on the ground dance around to that gangsta crap, jump into the stands like monkeys, and ruin a once great sport. But, even at the NFL’s best days, they’re still not nearly as popular as MLB, which is still reconized as AMERICA’S GAME, just like the Legendary New York Yankees are reconized as America’s team! Now, go crawel back under the rock you slithered out from under moron!

  11. SDR - Dec 7, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    As I recall the Indians were in the WS in 95 and 97. They also were up 3-1 on the Red Sox just two years ago. Those were excellent WS caliber teams. Sadly, they didn’t get it done. But they have had a few shots at it in the last 14 years as well.

  12. custom t shirt - Feb 8, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    Do you guys think the Saints will make it to the Super Bowl again next year? Who you think will make it? I’m hoping the Cowboys maybe the jets:-).

  13. Anton Cerio - Feb 24, 2010 at 10:05 AM

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