A Message to Bud Selig
by Ross Friedman
Dear Mr. Selig,
How did the "Baseball Establishment" ever choose you to run the
business of baseball? Last I checked, you were the owner of one of
the least successful franchises in all of baseball, the Milwaukee
Brewers. How does that qualify you to run the entire league? Even
when there supposedly was "competitive balance" that was never enough
to make the Brewers champions.
I've seen some of the numbers from your "Economics of Baseball"
report. Is it just me or is it not possible to make up more skewed
numbers than you had in this report? You have a report where only
four teams are making a profit. The total profit of those four teams
equals $xx million. The other 26 teams are losing money, a total of
$xxx million. How does sharing and redistributing $xx of profit going
to make up for $xxx million of losses. It just doesn't make sense.
If this is possible, please let me know. I'd love to have the name of
Let's get this out there, what we are really talking about is not
competitive balance. It's not big market versus small market. What
we are talking about is good management versus bad management.
In the baseball world Cleveland and Atlanta were considered "small
market teams" in the 1980s. Now in the 1990s and 2000, both are "big
market teams." For that to be true these must have been the two
fastest growing cities in the country.
In fact, Cleveland only has the xx biggest population of Major League
cities. Atlanta is only xx. On the other hand, Montreal is x, and
Chicago (which neither of the teams have won a World Series in over 80
years) is x.
Which leads me to believe, that while Cleveland and Atlanta can win,
and Chicago and Montreal cannot, that it is not due to market size,
but due to management instead.
In any other business, when people aren't making money they sell the
business. They don't ask their competitors to fund their poor
decisions (Jamie Navarro).
However, I can see why you want these changes, since no team has
consistently made as many bad decisions and had worse management than