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Selig's silver lining

April 8, 2009 - Per Peterson
While the recession is causing hardship for millions of Americans, one person, if he looks hard enough, can at least find a silver lining — our good friend Bud Selig. Selig has long had a goal of narrowing the gap between the haves (Yankees, Mets, Cubs, Red Sox and Angels) and the have-nots (Twins, Royals, Rays, Marlins and Pirates) of Major League Baseball. Well, the recession just might take care of that goal itself. Major League Baseball teams have cut payrolls for their active rosters by nearly $50 million (1.7 percent) from opening day last year, an analysis by The Associated Press said. What’s more, the 10 highest spenders lowered payroll by an average of $7.8 million, while the lowest 10 raised spending by an average of $4.5 million. Sure, the Yankees ($201.4 million), Mets ($135.7M), Cubs ($135.1M) and Red Sox ($123M) are still clearly the haves in baseball, but perhaps this is a sign that the gap between those teams and the likes of the Twins, Padres and Pirates is closing, if ever so slowly. This is a good thing, and it looks like we have our horrendous economy to thank for it. Let’s hope whenever this country gets out of its financial rut that this trend continues well into the future, and that someday, the Twins can be more on par with the Yankees when it comes to payroll.


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