Successful baseball franchise complains MLB is unfair. Again.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

9 thoughts on “Successful baseball franchise complains MLB is unfair. Again.

  1. billy

    i think one of the most valid complaints the Rays have is with the unbalanced schedule. in an attempt to make things more fair for the 9 other teams in the AL, the rays and the jays have to face 3 of the richest teams in baseball more often then those 9. what is fair about that? in my opinion, it may be a little unfair to make the As play the Yankees the same number of games that the Red Sox do, but it is very unfair to make the Rays play both those teams more than the rest of the league.

    • This still doesn’t hold water as far as intradivision competition goes, unless you change the schedule so that the Rays consistently play an easier schedule than the Yankees and Red Sox. If they play the same schedules, than the better team should consistently win more games.

      • billy

        im not following you. yes, the yankees and the red sox and the rays play the same schedule, but the rays and the A's and the royals play very different schedules. bottom line: i dont think small market teams should get an easier schedule than large market teams. i just think it is a stupid way to bandaid a problem. but beyond that, i think it is grossly unfair to make a rule that benefits 9 teams at the expense of 2 others (im just talking about the AL here, but the same argument applies to the NL). if there must be an inequality, it should apply to 90% of the teams, not 10%.

        • BrienJackson

          Well if you're talking about the *wild card* standings, the fact that an American League East team has won the wild card every year since the Rays emerged and made the division a three team power sort of complicates the idea that the unbalanced schedule is an impediment.

  2. h.sevush

    Matt Silverman was able to buy the Rays in 2004 at the bargain basement price of $200 million specifically because they are a small market team. Of course it's at an unfair competitive situation, that's why it was so (comparatively) cheap. If you want to buy a big market team go check out what the Dodgers cost. I don't blame him for complaining, but it's like someone who buy's a house for next to nothing because it's next to a prison, and then he starts petitioning to close down the prison because it's hurting his resale value. Good luck.

  3. EJH

    It seems to me that the unbalanced schedule argument doesn't quite work. One need only look to the NL East and see that the Nationals (ranked 20th in MLB team salary) are ahead of Philadelphia (ranked 2nd) by 13.5 games and Miami (ranked 7th) by 7 games. Or, one might expect the Tigers (ranked 5th) to be more than 5 games above .500 in a division with the leagues 11th, 13th, 21st and 27th ranking salaries, right? No, when one considers team salaries overall, and more specifically of division mates, you'd think there would strong correlations between salary and winning percentage or division leadership. But that just doesn't seem to be the case. Even when one considers teams' disabled lists or farm systems, you would expect some winning equation. Even still, not the case. Whatever the reason, it is certainly some mysterious, inanely complicated calculus which determines division leaders and winning percentages better than salaries.

  4. forged

    minor, minor point … Brien wrote: "Major League Baseball held their first competitive balance lottery again yesterday, […]" If it was their first lottery, how can they have held it again? :-)

  5. MHE

    Since 2007 TB home attendance has been no better (and usually even lower) than 22 of 30 in MLB…Not sure that is a problem from things being unfair as it a bad business model…I wonder how many U.S. cities would love to have a team like the Rays…
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance

  6. CS Yankee

    I flew into Tampa to catch the Yankees before the A-S break (for my first visit to their stadium) a few weeks ago.

    It looks like a spaceship crashed there from a mile away, looks like a water tower up close from the outside, and looks like a circus tent once seated.

    The team store was pitiful, plus it closes a half-hour before the gates open and has nothing decent inside of it. The food is carnival level, craft beers are foreign to them, and they charge a hefty premium when a decent team shows up. They should thank their lucky revenue for all the Yankee/BoSox fans that past their gates 18 times out of 81 games a year. If they were in the Central, they would likely bring in 15% less revenue.

    They are the K-mart specials to the Saks (Yankees) premium and JC Pennys (Braves) sales event of baseball.

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