Major League Baseball has been in desperate need of an overhaul to the economics of the game for a long time. While the league currently allows every team a chance to contend if they wish to contend, the opportunities aren't the same.
Teams like the Yankees and Dodgers can make the decision to contend with ease almost any given year. Teams like the Pirates and Rays need a plan to build up to being contenders. And then when they're actually contending, the window to contend for the small market teams like the Pirates and Rays is limited to a few years, while there are no limitations for the large markets like the Yankees and Dodgers.
That last part is key. You can make arguments to make it look like MLB is fair and equal by pointing out how many teams have made the playoffs in the las...
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