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20th Anniversary, Last MLB Strike

August 12, 2014

Let’s begin with a moment of silence for the 74-40 Expos.

There.

Bud Selig and the Players’ Union have given us 20 years of labour peace. That’s good, but at what cost? I don’t mind the players’ gross wage bill: they’re entertainers, and entertainers are paid what people will pay to see them and that’s great.

How entertaining have the Padres been lately? Or the Mets? The Astros and Cubs get a pass because they pay lip service to Sabrmetrics, but, come on. Even as the Royals entertain this year, they’ll be picked clean by large market teams at season’s end.

Simply expanding the number of divisions and wildcard teams is an illusion.

The time has come for increased revenue sharing which would not only bring with it a stiffer luxury tax, but a salary floor. Wherever the tax threshold is set, other teams should be required to pay at least 50% of the threshold in 40-man salaries. (I’m not arguing for a hard cap, but the NFL happens to have a hard cap, and the floor is 89%. Most teams not run by Al Davis or Ralph Wilson have some vague notion of a three year path to the playoffs.)

We have labour peace–now let’s have more competition on the field. 

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