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To the Editor:
Re “The New York Yankees are a Moral Abomination” (July 14, 2018)
In your article you claim that the New York Yankees have taken advantage of the fact that the M.L.B. has no salary cap and has purchased all of their World Series titles. The often referred to group known as the “Core Four”, consisting of Marino Rivera, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettite, and Jorge Posada, all arose through the Yankees minor league system eventually making it to the big leagues. They were not signed as big time superstars but young and up-and-coming ball players.
As someone who grew up in the suburbs of New York and spent countless Sundays attending the old and new neighboring Yankee Stadiums, I’ve realized that the large amount of money spent by the Yankees helps them, but is not to credit for their pennants. If the Yankees had paid to win all of their championships, being the richest team in baseball wouldn’t they have at least made the playoffs every year? They have instead failed to make the playoffs on many occasions. We owe it to baseball to put our feelings to the side and take the Yankees for what they are, a talented baseball organization. In the coming seasons the Yankees will further prove that they are not purchasing their rings, they are working hard with a tight knit group of farm league stars to win baseball games.