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Surprised this hasn't been advertised more (or maybe I'm just not watching enough ESPN), but "Break up the Bombers: The Yankees on Trial" is on ESPN tomorrow at 7:00 pm. I think Dershowitz is back, but some guy that represented John Gotti I believe is going to be defending the Yanks.

Anyone see the Pete Rose trial they did last summer (or two summers ago, whatever)? I thought it was pretty interesting, if not meaningless.



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If they bring back Bill Lee it would be interesting. Lee has quite a history with the Yankees.
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As a Yankee fan, and one that has suffered the past few post seasons, I think its funny to be having a show about breaking them up, when all they have done in recent history is get to the WS or Playoffs and not WON them.



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A bit of a late reply to this topic but, here's my two cents.

As a Red Sox fan, I don't like to stick up for the Yanks at all. However, they are operating within the current context of the rules of baseball. Another thing is, you can spend all the money you want but you have to spend it wisely. When George was cutting the checks AND making all the major baseball decisions (see NY from 1982-1994) the Yanks stunk. George brought in Brian Cashman (who is arguably one of the top 3 or 4 GM's in baseball) to run the baseball side while he stuck to writing the checks, providing colorful quotes for the media, and making Visa commercials with Jeter. The result was 6 World Series appearances in the last 8 years with 4 titles, 3 of them in a row.

There are 2 things baseball could do to make things fairer for the other teams. Both of which are next to impossible to do....

1. Salary Cap. With the baseball players association (DO NOT call it a union. Whiney millionares have nothing in common with people who in the past died trying to get safe working conditions and benefits for all workers) being too powerfull I don't see this happening, short of having a lockout that could last for years.

2. Move one or two teams into the tri-state area. In theory, this could cut into the Yanks market share. Why it most likely wouldn't happen is that George and the Mets would put up too much of a stink about it. Another reason is that even if it did happen, The Yanks have too much of a following and said teams might not fair any better then they had in the smaller markets they came from.

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    Originally posted by BOSsportsfan34
    1. Salary Cap. With the baseball players association (DO NOT call it a union. Whiney millionares have nothing in common with people who in the past died trying to get safe working conditions and benefits for all workers) being too powerfull I don't see this happening, short of having a lockout that could last for years

I think the problem with the salary cap, while it may stop teams from spending hundreds of millions of dollars, there are still going to be teams spending WAY under the cap, no matter what it is. With the NFL teams, usually every team is right at the cap. In baseball, if you had, say, a $70 million cap, you'd have 10 teams still with $20-50 million dollars. In a sense, it lowers the number for the big-payroll teams, but ideally, you'd like to have a plan in where the small-market teams spend a little more, too.



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    Originally posted by geemoney
      Originally posted by BOSsportsfan34
      1. Salary Cap. With the baseball players association (DO NOT call it a union. Whiney millionares have nothing in common with people who in the past died trying to get safe working conditions and benefits for all workers) being too powerfull I don't see this happening, short of having a lockout that could last for years

    I think the problem with the salary cap, while it may stop teams from spending hundreds of millions of dollars, there are still going to be teams spending WAY under the cap, no matter what it is. With the NFL teams, usually every team is right at the cap. In baseball, if you had, say, a $70 million cap, you'd have 10 teams still with $20-50 million dollars. In a sense, it lowers the number for the big-payroll teams, but ideally, you'd like to have a plan in where the small-market teams spend a little more, too.


They could set it up like the NBA sets up their cap. They have a minimum amount that teams must have their payroll at when they start the season. I believe the minimum payroll amount for an NBA team is 75% of the cap.
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Thought I'd put this out for discussion. If the All-Star game counts, don't make it so that every team has to be represented.
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