FanGraphs Chat – 6/30/10

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  1. Jeff says:

    I need some help on Derek Jeter.. 2008 one of the worst seasons of his career, seemed like the regression of an older player. 2009 was one of the best seasons of his career offensively/defensively and he was one of the best players in baseball. This year he seems more like the 2008 version. Whats this about? Was last year a momentary stoppage of the regression? How good can we expect him to be the rest of this year? Any explanation?

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  2. oompaloopma says:

    wow, thats interesting take on the salary cap. I do disagree but I like the comment.

    12:06[Comment From oompaloompa oompaloompa: ]
    Salary caps in baseball, I have stated I would like to see a penalty for being over the caps and losing draft picks, whats your ideal plan to solve the cap issue. Supplemental picks seem to help out big market teams more then small market, are they any stats to back that up.
    Wednesday June 30, 2010 12:06 oompaloompa

    Dave Cameron:
    A salary cap is a bad idea. It doesn’t produce parity. The entire concept of competitive balance being the result of a salary cap is a myth.

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  3. Briks says:

    Just to clarify, when I spoke of “fairness” in my point about the salary cap, I was speaking strictly from a team point of view. Meaning that the playing field would oviosuly be more level if there was a cap in place. Whether that produces more parity is completely irrelevant. If, for example, a cap was put in place and the Marlins dominated for 10 years, that means that there is little parity, but the results are more fair because they were a result of superior team management and not marketplace.

    All that said, I agree that limiting player salaries is not “fair” from the player’s perspective.

    Maybe someone really intelligent will come along and figure out a way to make it more “fair” for everyone involved.

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    • oompaloompa says:

      I agree and I am looking for a fair team solution. I dont get his concept of it being a myth, the stats very heavily weigh towards the large salary teams making the playoffs. I am a Cub fan and the huge increase in payroll with unlimited cap is good for us. Now that we are willing to pay for it. 1 out 8 teams that make the playoffs may have a small payroll, then they usually disappear after that. We sure do not have even close to parity now.

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