Why I (and many fans) are not supportive of luxury taxes as a salary containment mech
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10-29-2012, 01:53 PM
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Not only that but the MLB is full of parity. Anyone who points to the Yankees as a sign for the luxury tax destroying parity is ignorant. The Yankees have won one championship in the last decade+ which was won on the backs of core players that were internally developed. In the last 5 years something like 20 out of the 30 teams have made the playoffs(even more have made it if you a couple years further back) at least once in a sport where playoff spots are hard to come by.
When I think of MLB I think of high paying teams consistently challenging for playoffs spots and the low salaried teams maybe having one, two good years then losing their players.
Just take the highest and lowest spending teams of the last decade. The Yanks have finished 3rd in their division once, 1st or 2nd every other year. The Royals have finished 3rd once, and 4th or 5th every other year.
Look at this year. By the time the Semis rolled around, You had to be inside the top 3rd of the payroll ladder to compete.
Its not all about championships, its about the ability to compete year in and out, and with a lower payroll team, it just does not happen.
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