For the first time in a very very long time a West Coast team has snatched the top spot for the Major Leagues’ biggest spenders. The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to surpass the long time spending champion New York Yankees in 2013. Some estimates predict the Dodgers will spend close to 215 million dollars this year in payroll expenses. The Yankees come in a close second at 210 million dollars; however, the significance of this shift in power is monumental for the game of baseball.
Teams out East have always spent more then teams from the West. For years, Major League Baseball has refused imposed a salary cap, allowing teams like the Yankees and Red Sox to outspend their West Coast counterparts by a ridiculous margin. This however, is no longer the case (hooooray).. The spending gap in baseball is a well-documented phenomenon, and there is no surprise in that regard. What is surprising is the top three teams in terms of spending in the last 30 years have been from the East Coast.
|New York Yankees||$ 197,962,289||$ 6,186,321||$ 1,937,500|
|Philadelphia Phillies||$ 174,538,938||$ 5,817,964||$ 1,875,000|
|Boston Red Sox||$ 173,186,617||$ 5,093,724||$ 1,556,250|
In my opinion this has caused big problems for the MLB. Teams with dinky payrolls simply cannot compete with these spending giants in a 162 game season because baseball is a game of endurance and attrition. This wealth gap has caused teams with smaller payrolls to fall by the wayside. City’s that host these teams have simply lost interest in the sport, and overall, this will hurt the Major League in the long run.
The bottom line is that imposing a salary cap is a no brainer. Look at what it has done for the NFL—the parity has done wonders for the game. What the MLB doesn’t realize is that a level playing ground will ultimately result in a more vested interest from cities that, as of now, could probably care less about their professional baseball teams.
Sometimes in life you have to take what you can get; and if the MLB doesn’t want to impose a salary cap, ill settle for a West Coast team being the league biggest spender. Hopefully, this shift in power will result in more exposure for West Coast teams and get fans back in the game.
What do you think?? Are you glad the West now outspends the East? Or do you think Major League Baseball should impose a salary cap? Feel free to let the comments fly.