This week’s web pick is Deadspin’s publication of financial documents relating to six (so far) MLB organizations.
MLB clubs are notoriously secretive when it comes to their finances, which has made the leak all the more potent. Needless to say, the teams involved have been in PR overdrive to try to counter the plethora of negative stories that have sprung up. Many have been on the theme of lowly organizations pocketing their revenue sharing money to turn tidy profits while their teams languish in the standings.
The organizations have every right to be outraged at the public airing of what are supposed to be confidential documents and it’s no surprise that they are now rabidly hunting down the person who leaked the documents. Still, for baseball fans keen to know a bit more about the financial side of the game, they are an absolute treasure trove as until now a lot of the figures used to evaluate ballclubs, player contracts excepted, have largely been educated guesses.
What’s more, these figures will undoubtedly have an impact on the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.