Thanks for jumping waay off topic.
Small teams can compete. In the last 10 years we've seen the Diamondbacks win a World Series and the Marlins (who's fanbase is apathetic and non-existent at times) win it TWICE.
Teams that aren't competitive aren't like that because of the Yankees. Its not like we're hoarding all of the talent in baseball.
Frankly, if you ask me, what's ruined baseball is overexpansion. There isn't as much talent to go around anymore. Its hard to fill out a roster with top-notch talent, no matter WHAT team you are. And yeah, the Yankees tend to over-pay to manage that, just like the Red Sox, Mets and other teams -- BUT THAT IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.
The Yankees didn't price anyone out of baseball -- over-expansion of teams like Tampa Bay, however did.
If you want to continue this discussion somehow outside of where we're supposed to be discussing THE COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR award, then I'd be happy to go back and forth with you, and ultimately not accomplish anything due to your irrational hatred of a baseball team.