I've written a lot about how baseball is unfair to small market teams. The fact that some teams can spend double or triple what about a third of the league can spend in payroll illustrates that baseball doesn't have equality.
A lot of times, this argument is mistaken as saying "small market teams can't win." We're currently in a year where the Kansas City Royals are going to a World Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates went to the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Baltimore Orioles won the AL East, while the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox missed the playoffs. The Oakland Athletics made two of the biggest trades of the summer, only to lose in the playoffs to the Royals. And expanding beyond this year, the Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the most successful teams in baseball since...
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