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 your accountant.

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 yours'.

Most Sincerely,
Ross Friedman

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