Found April 08, 2013 on Oregon Sports News:
The baseball season is settling into its second week. It’s early, but not too early to recognize that Major League Baseball has a problem. Competitive balance in Major League Baseball has become a joke, to the detriment to everyone who loves the game. The Houston Astros are proof of that theorem, and the Seattle Mariners can also be used to illustrate Commissioner Bud Selig’s gross negligence in managing our national pastime. Let’s begin with the numbers, shall we? There’s one set that practically makes my argument for me. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez ($29 million) and 22 other players in MLB will make more this season than the Astros’ entire Opening Day roster ($18.7 million). There’s no logical or reasonable explanation for such a disparity. More importantly, that it’s allowed to happen is an indictment of Selig’s incompetence and mismanagement. Think about those numbers for a moment. Twenty-three players will earn more than an entire team. For reasons that defy rational ex...

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Will the Changes to Safeco Field, or the Team Be the Hit for the Seattle Mariners in 2013?

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