This is the last part of my speech written back in 2004. If you haven't been following it, I suggest you browse on my blog to find parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
For a quicker way go here for parts 1-4.
So far the most commented on Yardbarker is part 5: Do ballplayers really need millions?
D. Free Agent Market will slowly drop down
1. WORSE POSSIBLE IDEA TO HIT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
a. in 1973 Curt Flood came up with the idea of free agency
b. players like Ted Williams, Joe Dimaggio, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson weren’t given that option. Unless they were so unhappy with the ball club, they could be traded, but basically stayed with their team throughout their entire careers.
i. Very rare nowadays will a player stay with one team his entire major league career. Maybe Derek Jeter will brake the barrier.
2. Baseball has turned into a business, not a sport
a. it’s now a market, only about making as much money as you possible can.
i. George Steinbrenner has done a good job with that.
b. look at ticket prices just to go to a game, food, souvenirs, etc. a family of four can’t afford to go and enjoy a game without it costing them at least $200 if not more.
A. This is exactly why Major League Baseball needs a Salary Cap
1. It’s not fair for the other teams
a. Tampa Bay and Milwaukee
2. Too much money
a. A-Rod, Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds
3. No more work stoppages
a. 1994, threat in 2002
4. Free agency costs will die down
a. no more $22 million contracts
B. Hopefully now you see where I’m coming from. I thought I made some good points, whether you agree or disagree that’s completely up to you. But hopefully I proved a point. Whether the MLB will ever do a cap, well, in reality it might neevr happen. I hope you all have a great day. Thanks.
Tomorrow's preview: Five years later...from 2004 to 2009, why a salary cap may never be possible in the MLB.
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