A report by Sports On Earth starts out by suggesting that the New York Yankees may be heading for the end of an era. But by the end of the report, the site comes to its senses and actually outlines the reasons why the Yankees are primed to leap back on top.
But even as the report admits that there is no stopping the Yankees, it still runs into some poor reasoning. That´s because its reasoning rests on some faulty logic. Sure, in the days before free agency, players were bound more strongly to their teams. But the Yankees didn´t buy anything when George Steinbrenner came on the scene. It was a series of clever trades that put together the Yankees of the late 1970´s.
Next, the report claims that without the contract of Derek Jeter and some others to pay, the Yankees will have more to spend next year. Completely missed is the fact that Jeter stayed with the Yankees for his entire career. And why did he do that? It´s because the Yankees are the greatest organization in baseball. Besides, the money argument doesn´t hold water anymore because the Yankees don´t have the highest payroll.
The article goes on to point out that the luxury tax has not been as big a road block to the Yankees as MLB has hoped. In fact the Yankees have still gone out and signed the likes of Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Masahiro Tanaka. The truth is that the luxury tax is highway robbery. When I buy a ticket to see the Yankees play, I don´t give my money to support the small market teams. I give it to support the Yankees. Giving my money to the Marlins is outright stealing.
And the report is misguided in suggesting that the Yankees must pay to get high priced stars so that they can rationalize high concession prices. That´s ridiculous. Yankees fans are going to come to the game and buy souvenirs and concessions because they love their team. And they love the hustle of players like Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances, whose salaries, by the way, are far from exuberant.