When Boston Red Sox owner John Henry called for a salary cap in Major League Baseball last week you knew things were getting out of control.

Over on the BaltimoreSun.com’s forums user flarkenberry posted some very inciteful information about the trends in baseball’s champions.

So let’s play devil’s advocate here for a second.

1999 -2008

50% of all teams (15 of 30) played in the World Series, with the number of appearances as follows:
  • New York Yankees – 4
  • Boston Red Sox – 2
  • St. Louis Cardinals – 2
  • Philadelphia Phillies – 1
  • Tampa Bay Rays – 1
  • Colorado Rockies – 1
  • Detroit Tigers – 1
  • Chicago White Sox – 1
  • Houston Astros – 1
  • Florida Marlins – 1
  • LA Angels – 1
  • San Francisco Giants – 1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks – 1
  • New York Mets – 1
  • Atlanta Braves – 1

“In the 10 years immediately prior to free agency, baseball had one major expansion, from 20 to 24 teams. Since no expansion team made it to the World Series  in that time period, I’ll use 20 as the number of teams capable of making it to the World Series.” – flarkenberry

1966 – 1975

45% of all teams (9 of 20) played in the World Series, with the number of appearances as follows:
  • Baltimore Orioles – 4
  • Oakland A’s – 3
  • Cincinnati Reds – 3
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 2
  • New York Mets – 2
  • St. Louis Cardinals – 2
  • Boston Red Sox – 2
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – 1
  • Detroit Tigers – 1

So here’s the question. What is too much? Is flarkenberry right? Or have the Yankees completely exploited a lack of a salary cap this season with their $200+ million payroll?