To the Editor:
Re “The New York Yankees are a Moral Abomination” (July 14, 2018)
The Yankees Are Simply Good At Baseball
In the article “The New York Yankees are a Moral Abomination”(July 14, 2018), it makes the 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. And while I understand the Yankees fanbase are not in fact “abortive shapes emerging from the abysmal murk of evolutionary history”, it is not safe to say that the wins were in fact purchased. The Yankees have had help from the lack of salary cap [the initial claim made], but there is more to it than just big time players who were purchased. The often referred to group known as the “Core Four”, consisting of Marino Rivera, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, 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 World Series wins. 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? Yes. But in the real case they have instead failed to make the playoffs on many occasions. The 2019 Philadelphia Phillies are a prime example of how money cannot buy wins. The Phillies acquired Bryce Harper for $330 million while he was in free agency. They finished the season at exactly 81-81 and missed the playoffs by 8 games. Money simply cannot buy wins. We owe it to baseball to put our feelings to the side and see the Yankees in light of facts and facts alone, 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.