Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/11/12
First off, don't let the title fool you. I am a huge Mariners fan. I can't even count the number of 2-1 losses I've suffered through over the past two seasons. More than most, I bet. I am also a realist.  I have come to terms with the fact that the Mariners are a low-level organization. Cellar-dwellers. Under-achievers. Belly-scratchers. Etc. In the greatest sports league ever, the NFL, they have taken many steps to ensure competitive balance: a structured salary cap, firm draft policies, progressive rule changes, free agent loss compensation, you get the idea. The NBA is largely a star-driven league and teams need only draft well for two years to become relevant. Of course that doesn't stop players form leaving when their rookie contracts expire, but shut up Cleveland, you had LeBron for 6 years. In baseball, where there is no semblance of a salary cap... at all... a team can literally go 20 years without fielding a completive ball club (ask Pittsburgh Pirate fans). While the Marin...
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