It was loud and clear: he believes that owners who don’t spend on their own payroll and don’t show the desire to win are bad for baseball.
“Embarrassed for your fan base…be better. If you can’t, sell ur team to somebody that wants to show the fan base and baseball they’re at least trying to compete. Sorry unacceptable,” he said on Twitter, uploading a picture with the three teams spending the most money in payroll and the three spending the least.
Embarrassed for your fan base…be better. If you can’t, sell ur team to somebody that wants to show the fan base and baseball they’re at least trying to compete. Sorry unacceptable pic.twitter.com/n5KZpxgEor
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) March 23, 2022
Positions one through three are occupied by the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and New York Yankees, respectively.
A Payroll Around $30 Million Is Embarrassing
On the other hand, positions from 28 through 30 are being held by the Cleveland Guardians, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Baltimore Orioles.
The Guardians are especially frustrating because they have had an enormous amount of talent on their roster in recent seasons, and they have decided to let them walk or trade them before paying them.
The Pirates and Orioles have been among the least competitive MLB franchises for years.
Running a payroll around $30 million is an absolute joke, and an insult to the fans of three historically great franchises.
It’s a bad look for the league and sad for the fans, but at least all three have some hope in the form of young players and prospects.
Pederson, who recently signed a one-year, $6 million deal to play for the Giants, is absolutely right, though: those three owners should have to face criticism from their own fan bases.
It’s not fair.