Now that the 2008 New York Yankees are officially Roadkill, Hank Steinbrenner wants everybody to know unfair baseball is.
“The biggest problem is the divisional setup in Major League Baseball,” Steinbrenner wrote. “I didn’t like it in the 1970s, and I hate it now. Baseball went to a multi-division setup to create more races, rivalries and excitement. But it isn’t fair…You see it this season, with plenty of people in the media pointing out that Joe Torre and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while we’re not. This is by no means a knock on Torre — let me make that clear — but look at the division they’re in. If L.A. were in the AL East, it wouldn’t be in the playoff discussion. The AL East is never weak.”
Oh, where to start…
We have no idea how anybody can compare the records of two teams from different leagues. This is just idiocy. Outside of 18 interleague games, the Yankees and the Dodgers do not play the same teams. Who is to say the Dodgers wouldn’t win 110 games playing in the AL East? Or that the Yankees wouldn’t still suck if they played in the NL West?
And we are having trouble remembering the time Hank came to the defense of the Rays or the Jays or the Orioles 10 of the last 11 years when the Yankees and Red Sox, two of the biggest payrolls in baseball, were finishing 1-2 in the AL East.
Steinbrenner later pisses all over the championship won by the Cardinals in 2006.
“St. Louis winning the World Series — that was ridiculous,” Steinbrenner said. “The Cardinals won their division with 83 wins — two fewer than the Phillies, who missed the postseason…”People will say the Cardinals were the best team because they won the World Series. Well, no, they weren’t. They just got hot at the right time. They didn’t even belong in the playoffs. And neither does a team from the NL West this season.”
Apparently Steinbrenner has forgotten the Yankees 2000 World Series Championship squad that finished the regular season 87-74, 3 games behind Cleveland, who missed the postseason.
Regardless of how you feel about the divisional lineup in baseball or the unbalanced schedule, Steinbrenner should not be your voice of reason. This is the equivalent of somebody buying a $1 million Ferrari Enzo and then complaining about gas prices.
Luckily for Yankees fans, it is actually Hal Steinbrenner that runs the franchise. Hank just talks a lot.
Other things in baseball that are not fair:
- Not getting a free pass to the playoffs with a $200 million payroll.
- Seeing the Rays’ $44 million payroll and wondering where the extra $156 million went.
- Having to spend $400 million of your own money on a $1.3 billion stadium.
- Having to play the Jays, O’s and Rays 57 times each season over the last 10 years.
- Having to trade for a $13 million player (Bobby Abreu) when another $13 million player (Gary Sheffield) goes on the DL.
- Having to spend millions on unproven top-10 talents through international free agency (ie. Alfonso Soriano) when nobody will let you pick in the top 10 of the amateur draft.
- Wasting $40 million on Carl Pavano and still making the playoffs 3 times.
Steinbrenner questions divisional setup [MLB]