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Jul 19th, 2010 at 02:21 GMT
doesnt accept earnhardt
Jul 19th, 2010 at 05:38 GMT
Need to accept Earnhardt... note that all four baseball players play for the Yankees.
Jul 19th, 2010 at 06:49 GMT
note that two of the basketball players last played for the Knicks and no longer have a team. We are the worst run franchise in the NBA no doubt.
Jul 19th, 2010 at 14:47 GMT
And Yankees fans say they earn their championships, not buy them. And that's why most Yankees fans don't know sports.
Jul 19th, 2010 at 14:54 GMT
Still doesn't accept 'Earnhardt' without the Jr.
Jul 19th, 2010 at 15:57 GMT
Doesn't even accept Earnhardt Jr I don't think, just "Jr".
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Jul 19th, 2010 at 15:58 GMT
what is your definition of american? you can't have both duncan(not american) and marbury(playing in china).
Jul 19th, 2010 at 16:23 GMT
its amazing how much money most of these guys make on endorsements alone
Jul 19th, 2010 at 18:31 GMT
I think the definition of American in this case would be that they are getting paid by American teams. Please fix Earnhardt. I was racking my brain trying to figure out what NASCAR driver earns that much after failing to type in Earnhardt Jr.
Jul 19th, 2010 at 18:48 GMT
If Tim Duncan isn't American, somebody should probably take back that bronze medal he won in the 2004 Olympics.
Jul 19th, 2010 at 20:13 GMT
Duncan is from the Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Jul 19th, 2010 at 23:10 GMT
Starbury made $23M last year for sitting in front of his computer and eating vaseline? Sign me up for that job.
Jul 20th, 2010 at 01:26 GMT
For the Yankee haters Jeter was brought up through the farm system and they traded for A-Rod. Of the starting rotation, starting 9 hitters, and closer only 5 (Burnett, Sabathia, Pettitte Teixeira, and Nick Johnson) were acquired through free agency.
Jul 20th, 2010 at 14:17 GMT
They still payed to keep those players there.
Jul 20th, 2010 at 14:54 GMT
@conroy, that is terrible logic and once again, shows Yankee fans don't know sports. The only reason homegrown players like Jeter, Posada, and Rivera can stay with the Yankees, along with the other high priced free agents is because they're one of the few teams that can afford to keep them. You think if the Marlins or A's drafted Jeter they'd still have him? There's a reason why both those teams aren't competitive every year and the Yankees are. It makes me laugh for those Yankees fans that say "they work just as hard on the field as everyone else to win." Yeah well guess what, the more talent you can buy, the easier that hard work is.
Jul 20th, 2010 at 15:56 GMT
ooo someone bashing the Yankees saying they buy championships, the sign of a bitter & jealous sports fan. bmo1616 lemme guess, your team lost last season and you are crying about it now. its too bad your organization doesn't care enough about your fans to sign players via free agency or re-sign valuable farm talent. maybe if they did they would actually win titles. the Yankees don't do anything illegal, they have invested wisely over the past 17 years (since they were a sub-.500 team in 1993) and layed the foundation for championship team after championship team. instead of pocketing the revenue they generate from successful campaigns like other owners, they put back into talent on the field. they acquired A-Rod through a trade with Texas for Alfonso Soriano. they outbid the Red Sux for Mark Teixeira by 3 million dollars. they saved money for years in order to have the room to take on Sabathia. and home grown players like Cano, Posada, Jeter, Rivera, Cervelli, Chamberlain, Hughes, Pena, Gardner, Aceves, Robertson, & others are all talent the Yankees have cultivated on their own. So before you hate more maybe you should call the wahmbulance and look at your own team.
Jul 20th, 2010 at 16:32 GMT
hahaha very much agreed with tmc1404. how can ppl make a general statement like yankees fans dont know anything about baseball. when other teams start reinvesting all their revenue back into the team, then come complain to us, otherwise shut your mouths and just play baseball.
Jul 20th, 2010 at 20:02 GMT
And yet MLB still has better competitive balance than salary cap leagues such as the NBA.
Jul 20th, 2010 at 20:17 GMT
Jealous sports fan?? I saw 6 titles in 7 years and I'm jealous?? You're wrong. I'm a Red Sox fan, we do sign free agents and re-sign farm talent. You're wrong again. They did win titles, you're wrong for the the third time. I'm fully aware we use money to win, not nearly the extent as the Yankees of course, but I know we have an advantage. However, the fact is the Yankees have the ability to chose any future free agent they want and sign them, something the Sox, Mets, or other high payroll teams can't do. The Yankees are in New York, don't give me the invest in the team crap, yes they do, but being in the New York market is the major reason of the extreme payroll. You're delusional if you think money isn't the major reason the Yankees win. Even as a Red Sox fan, I'd still be all for a salary cap, because at least our ownership knows how to draft homegrown talent this decade, what have the Yankees done this decade in the draft besides Cano and Hughes huh?
Jul 20th, 2010 at 22:38 GMT
Jul 20th, 2010 at 23:12 GMT
@LaCosaNostra For one thing, the NBA's cap structure is designed to encourage players to re-sign with their existing team. For another, success in the NBA is almost entire based around your top 2-4 players, so if you can keep that nucleus together (easier to do based on the cap structure) you can easily put together 5+ good years in a row. Success in baseball cannot be determined by a few key players, so smaller market teams have an opportunity to put together a good group of players (mostly through farm systems) to compete with the high-priced talent of the Yankees and Red Sox. Just because these teams can put together a good year or two, however, does not mean there is competitive balance. Only four teams can make the playoffs from the American League and yet in the last decade the yankees have made it 9 times and the red sox and angels have made it 6 times each. On the flip side, look at the bottom of the MLB, where the Pirates haven't had a winning season in 17 years and the Royals have had one in the last 15 years. Even the most poorly run NBA franchises (I'm looking at you, Clippers and Warriors) manage to put together a solid run once or twice a decade.
Jul 21st, 2010 at 02:46 GMT
Whine all you want about the Yankees, but it's a fact that they reinvest the highest percentage of their earnings back into the team. You can't use the NY market as an excuse when the Mets remain one of the most pitiful franchises on earth. And the reason the Yankees have all this money is because Steinbrenner cut a ridiculous exclusive TV deal with MSG before teams started doing that, and THEN created the first team-owned TV station in American sports. The YES network is the primary reason the Yankees have more money than the rest of baseball, and the reason that other teams have jumped on the bandwagon (NESN, I'm looking at you). The Yankees win because they have a killer business strategy and they're the most willing to reinvest in their team, simple as that.
Jul 21st, 2010 at 03:46 GMT
@mulv, I'd love to hear your explanation of how NESN, which started covering Red Sox games in 1984, jumped on the bandwagon of the YES network, which started in 2002. Please tell
Jul 21st, 2010 at 21:20 GMT
wow bmo1616. i am truly thrown back by a Red Sux fan complaining about money. do you need some more to catch up to the Yankees? waaaaaah my daddy only gave me 130 million and I still can't win waaaaaaah. have fun in 3rd place this season. when I have time in the morning I will shoot to you some more fun facts about the Red Sux using steroids to win their only 2 titles in the last 90 years.
Jul 23rd, 2010 at 18:22 GMT
proof money really doesn't buy championships: the 2010 Red Sux. $170 million dollar third place ball-club trails the $73 million dollar Rays by 4 games in the wild-card hunt. Not even a $100 million advantage can make the Red Sux a playoff team.
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