14 times has someone won back to back (or a couple times, 3-peat) championships. Only twice in the last 30 or so years. In that same span, 20 different franchises have won at least once. Even some of the ones we currently think of as terrible. 7 different teams in the past 10 years, with only the Red Sox, Cardinals, and Giants winning twice in that period.
With more money in the game, teams are locking up young stars before free agency, and it's getting about as balanced as baseball is going to get. With so much money in revenue, teams are only cheap because they WANT to be at this point. Marlins, for example, get more in revenue sharing than their entire roster. So before they sell a single ticket or hot dog, they're in the black. Of course, they are a disgrace because of that, but hey, it's on the owner.
Anyway, i think your statement USED to be somewhat more true, but not as much anymore. Some of the old standbys make a run every year, but there's always a few newcomers in the mix. And we're likely looking at a Yankee 'dark period', so might be a chance for a few more mystery teams to jump in. Can't fix incompetent management, though, so some teams will just always suck until that's fixed...
Well, my Yankees have stated they want to get under the magic 189 Million mark. Not sure why, I know the penalty is more, but they are the Yankees. Soon to have a new contract with the YES network too is I'm not mistaken.
No "dark" period. Just need to find good young talent like we did in the 90's. Need to find a couple good young arms.
Can't sign any more stupid A-Rod contracts either. Cano's 300+ m 10 year asking price is ludicrous.
Baseball is the toughest sport to draft by far. My Yankees need to get better.
The Pirates were in the "we wont spend $$$" boat for years too. They've always had it, just need to loosen the belt. They've been under new ownership for a few years and we can see the change for sure.
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Agreed, I think baseball is as good as its going to get with regards to parity especially if you look at some of the payrolls that ended up in the playoffs this year. I struggle with the NBA at times because once a dominant team emerges, they can be tough to unseat at times which is why we have seen multiple dynasty type teams in the last 20 years or so. (Bulls, Lakers, Spurs and current Miami team)
The NBA is the easiest sport to build a winner quickly. Buy a couple superstars and your in the play-offs.
Agree about parity in baseball. Aside from the Dodgers, each team is really taking notice WRT the new luxury tax.