The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Make a Note of It

During last night's local (Miami) Monday Night Football pregame show, the hosts debated (why, I'm not sure) whether or not Major League Baseball should have a salary cap, like in football. The hosts went on and on about how great it would be to have a salary cap in baseball because it would force more competitive balance. As examples, they started the strong starts that the Bengals and Redskins are off to this year.

They also, of course, went off about how Steinbrenner and the Yankees "buy" titles. What they didn't mention is that the Yankees haven't won a World Series since 2000. They also neglected to remember that the Patriots have won three of the past four Super Bowls, and were the pick of many experts to win again this year.

This type of talk is something to keep in mind - especially as the League Championship Series loom next week. There's a possibility that we'll see an Angels - White Sox matchup in the AL. If that happens, the same people who are advocating a salary cap in baseball will likely be talking of how the end is near for the game, as ratings will likely dip from what we've seen in recent years when the Red Sox and Yankees matchup.

You can argue either side of that coin. Go ahead. But you can't have it both ways. It's tough to argue that a salary cap would be good for baseball and that you want the Red Sox and Yankees in the ALCS each year.


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