PRINCE FIELDER: HAS CHAMPAGNE VISIONS DANCING IN HIS HEAD AND WILL BE A TEST CASE FOR SMALLER MARKET TEAMS
Watch out. There may be a civil war starting in baseball. The New York Yankees are apparently not happy that they’ve shelled $175 million dollars in revenue sharing dollars over the past seven years. The Yankees are peeved because the teams receiving that cash NEVER spend it on fielding competitive teams, but simply pocket the money.
Earlier this week, Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio was complaining about the high salary it was going to take to keep first baseman Prince Fielder, the world’ fattest vegetarian.
Randy Levine, the current president of the Yankees and a former employee of the commissioner’s office and MLB, shot back by telling Attanasio to STFU and quit “whining.” Levine literally suggested the Brewers spend some of the tens of millions of Yankees dollars they’ve received over the years to actually spend on baseball players. That would be instead of just pocketing the cash, which is what teams like the Florida marlins do every year.
Levine told ESPN.com,
“I’m sorry that my friend Mark continues to whine about his running the Brewers. We play by all the rules and there doesn’t seem to be any complaints when teams such as the Brewers receive hundreds of millions of dollars that they get from us in revenue sharing the last few years. Take some of that money that you get from us and use that to sign your players. The question that should be asked is: Where has the hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue sharing gone?”