Prewrite Essay #2

I plan on using the causal argument approach in my next essay. I think this is the best approach for my topic because I can compare a team’s payroll in relation to that team’s success during that given year. Teams with the highest payrolls usually perform the best throughout the season because they have the most talent. Big market teams always have higher payrolls than smaller market teams which is why the big market teams are always in contention come September. The lack of a salary cap system in major league baseball is a direct cause for big market team’s historic success.  This is a disadvantage for small market teams and there needs to be a more level playing field in baseball.

I will research each team’s payrolls over the past few seasons and there success during each season. I will also research how a team’s overall income for a given year is affected by the team’s success. Teams that are more successful will generate more income because of an increase in excitement of their fan base. Big market teams always have the most income in the league simply because they are in the biggest markets. There is a direct cause between a team’s income and a team’s spending. A salary cap will limit a team’s spending and give smaller market teams more of a chance to succeed.


“MLB 2015 Payroll Tracker.” Spotrac, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016.

“The Business Of Baseball.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2016.

MLB Salary Cap

My topic is salary caps in professional sports, but focusing more on baseball. Baseball is the only one of the four major sports (basketball, football, hockey, baseball) that does not implement a salary cap. Instead of a salary cap, Major League Baseball (MLB) implements a luxury tax. This tax only applies to teams that have a payroll of over 189 million dollars, and the tax rate is 17.5% for the first offense. Each consecutive offense results in a higher tax rate and after four consecutive offenses, the tax rate goes up to 50%. The main difference between a luxury tax and a salary cap is their degree of restriction. Simply, a salary cap does not allow a payroll to exceed its limit, while a luxury tax does.

It is usually the Yankees and the Dodgers who have the highest payrolls.


A main problem with this is that the luxury tax has not increased with the overall revenue of the sport. This is not stopping big market teams from ruling free agency because those teams still have more money to spend despite having to pay this tax. This year, the Dodgers will set an MLB record of 43.6 million dollars in luxury tax, but for the dodgers, that amount of money is not going to force them to decrease their payroll. The Yankees had the second highest luxury tax last season at 26.1 million dollars. But after these two teams there is a huge cap, the Red Sox had the third highest luxury tax at 1.8 million dollars. The Yankees and Dodgers are always in contention because of their deep pockets and it makes it more difficult for smaller market teams to be successful.

Instant Replay Synthesis

In the article “MLB Completely Misusing Instant Replay” by Phil Mushnick, Mushnick poses question “do you want to watch baseball like this for the rest of your lives” This way being with instant replay. The article mainly talks about how minimal use of instant replay is good like when the play is clearly blown. For instances like “neighborhood play” when the shortstop appears to touch the bag but misses slightly, it is unnecessary. The article “Major League Baseball is Making an Error With Instant Replay” by Seth Swirsky, discusses reasons for why replay kills the sport such as:

Lou Piniella,  Mark Wegner

  • “Baseballs a game of inches”
  • “Controversy makes the sport”
  • “Technology shouldn’t be taking over the sport”
  • “Part of the fun is seeing Arguments”
  • “There is no need to make sure every call is 100% right”

The topic in which I chose to discuss is how Instant Replay in baseball. This is a huge problem in my opinion is the sport of baseball. If you look at statistics baseball has lost a substantial amount of viewers. If Major League Baseball takes the opinions of these writers into consideration then the proper changes could be made to fix the problem. If they minimize the the use of instant replay and bring back the option to argue the call and not necessarily overturn it then baseball might be able to gain its viewers back.june-2-2010-armando-galarraga-the-imperfect-game

Use of Replay in Baseball

The topic that I chose to work with and research is the use of replay in being brought to baseball. The reason that I picked this for a topic is because it actually interests me. Ive played baseball growing up every year up until now, and I, along with my brother and dad are huge fans of the sport. That being said, the sport itself is losing popularity and people say that “its just to slow to watch” or  “these games take forever to be played”. In recent years replay has been added to review home runs, catches,and plays on the bases. This takes a whole dimension of the game out, that dimension being leaving the calls up to the umpires. This isn’t football. Don’t get me wrong they need to be better with the calls they make, but its what makes the game interesting. There really have only been a small handful of calls made that were really really bad, most of the calls that could go either way are impossible to tell by the untrained eye weather or not they should go one way or another. This past year the world series had the lowest views in the history of baseball, if that doesn’t say something then I don’t know what will.