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Last year, the Yankees had one of the worst offenses in baseball. This year, the Bronx Bombers’ bats rank among the best. How has the team’s lineup improved so significantly without making a big offseason acquisition? There but for the grace of “bad contracts” go the Yankees. The Yankees’ offense has been revived because Mark […]

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The business of baseball is booming. In stark contrast to trite reports about the game’s demise that have been common for over a century, Forbes’ annual look at the financial health of major league baseball once again revealed a thriving enterprise with no signs of slowing down. According to Forbes’ 2015 survey, which is based on estimates […]

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The blackout is one of the best things to happen to baseball fans in the last 20 years. Although conventional wisdom regards MLB’s blackout policy as a scourge, the truth is much different. Blackouts, which are based on territorial exclusivity, are the foundation of the sport’s economic system, and, it’s because of them that most […]

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The Yankee dollar has been pushed aside by Dodger dough. For the first time since 2001, the Bronx Bombers did not end the year with Major League Baseball’s highest payroll. Instead, it was the Dodgers who were baseball’s biggest spender. And, it wasn’t even close. With a final payroll just over $257 million, Los Angeles […]

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Yesterday, I considered several reasons why Giancarlo Stanton’s new contract wasn’t folly on the part of the Marlins, but that was before the details of the mega-deal were announced. As it turns out, Stanton’s extension is heavily back loaded, making the new contract even more team friendly than first anticipated. Annual Breakdown of Giancarlo Stanton […]

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The Miami Marlins must be crazy. That seems to be the conventional wisdom in the wake of the franchise’s decision to commit $325 million dollars over 13 years to Giancarlo Stanton. But, is this reaction to an admittedly mind-boggling contract based upon sound analysis, or simply a visceral response to the exorbitant salaries of professional […]

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Despite suffering another mediocre year on the field, 2014 was a rebound year for the Yankees in terms of fan engagement. TV ratings on YES were up 15%, while attendance at Yankee Stadium jumped nearly 4%. However, these increases belie a longer-term trend in the opposite direction. Yankee Stadium Attendance, 2009-2014 Note: Dotted line is […]

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