Huge salaries in baseball don’t guarantee a championship, but they get you into the conversation.
Word broke today via Bill Shaikin’s twitter account that the Dodgers new TV deal will be between $7-8 Billion. This time last year, Padres fans thought the $1.2B from Fox was going to finally allow the Padres to have a seat at the adult table, but the reality is that the TV deal is relative. Until baseball gets a new commissioner that is going to do things with all 30 teams in mind and not the largest markets, baseball will only develop more separation.
Before I continue I have to make a simple point. The Tampa Bay Rays are the exception to the rule. What they do is amazing and I’m sure if other teams were capable of duplicating it they would, but it’s not a realistic for fans to say… Just do what the Rays do.
Over the last five years teams that account for the highest ten payrolls in baseball also account for 21 of the 42 playoff berths, while the bottom ten have eight (three for t...