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Dodgers' payroll higher than NYY

Many never thought this day would come. But it has. Long considered the "Evil Empire" because of their massive payroll, the New York Yankees have been passed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Major League Baseball's list of highest combined player salaries. L.A.'s figure: $235 million. New York's? A "mere" $204 million. Does this change your view of the Yankees? Does baseball need a salary cap? Does money limit your enjoyment of winning?

Does Major League Baseball need a salary cap?

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  • Do you still consider the Yankees the Evil Empire, despite their not having MLB's highest payroll for 2014?

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  • If your favorite team had a massive payroll relative to the league, would that make you enjoy winning less?

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  • How do you feel about MLB player salaries?

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  • Which is your favorite of the four major pro sports leagues?

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Robinson Cano lacks hustle?

Robinson Cano is across the country now, a New York Yankee-turned-Seattle Mariner. But that hasn't kept memories of the star second baseman out of New York hitting coach Kevin Long's mind -- and they're not all good. Long still recalls calling Cano out for his lack of hustle to first base on grounders, saying he "chose not to" fix that part of his game. That's not to say Cano was lazy all around; Long credits the 31-year-old for improving his swing, his body and much more. It's also hard to argue with Cano's production while in the Bronx. Does that make all this hustle talk just talk?

  • What do you make of Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long calling out Robinson Cano for his lack of hustle while in New York?

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  • How do you feel about players jogging to first base on grounders?

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  • How much does a lack of hustle to first base affect the way you assess Robinson Cano and other players?

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  • How much will the Yankees miss Robinson Cano this season?

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  • How will the Yankees fare in 2014?

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  • The Mariners went 71-91 in 2013. How many games will they win in 2014?

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Derek Jeter has announced that 2014 will be the final season of his long and storied career. Jeter ranked seventh on ESPN New York's list of the 50 Greatest Yankees of all time, but now that his career is coming to an end, we're giving you the chance to give your take. Where does Jeter rank among the finest players to ever put on pinstripes?

The 20 Greatest Yankees

Yogi Berra

Bill Dickey

Joe DiMaggio

Whitey Ford

Lou Gehrig

Lefty Gomez

Ron Guidry

Reggie Jackson

Derek Jeter

Tony Lazzeri

Mickey Mantle

Don Mattingly

Thurman Munson

Andy Pettitte

Mariano Rivera

Phil Rizzuto

Alex Rodriguez

Red Ruffing

Babe Ruth

Bernie Williams

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Jeter to retire after 2014

Derek Jeter's long and storied career is coming to an end. The legendary Yankees shortstop posted a note on his Facebook page saying that the 2014 season will be his last. Jeter started off the lengthy post thanking fans for their support and said that his recent injuries and struggles made baseball start to feel like a job, and that feeling made him sure that it was about time to stop playing. He capped it off by promising fans he'd try to help the team win a World Series championship this season -- if he did manage to pull that off, it'd be his sixth title with the team.

  • How many more seasons could Derek Jeter perform at an elite level?

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  • Do you believe Derek Jeter when he says that 2014 will be his final season?

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  • Should Derek Jeter be a unanimous inductee to the Hall of Fame?

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  • How will the Yankees fare in 2014?

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  • Who was more important to the Yankees' success over the course of both their careers?

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  • Derek Jeter is currently 10th on the all-time hits list, three behind Paul Molitor. Where will he finish all-time if he plays a full season?

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A-Rod accepts suspension

The saga is -- it seems, at least -- over. After vowing to fight until the end, Alex Rodriguez finally dropped his lawsuit and accepted his MLB-imposed ban for the 2014 season. Rodriguez reportedly was concerned about the cost of fighting MLB (about $10 million in legal fees), and also about further damaging his relationship with the sport. Now he has his eyes on a 2015 return. He will be 39 when he comes back. What will come of all of it?

How do you feel about Alex Rodriguez accepting his suspension for the 2014 season?

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  • Can Alex Rodriguez ever repair his relationship with Major League Baseball?

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  • How much would Alex Rodriguez have helped the Yankees if he had been allowed to play in 2014?

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  • What type of player will Alex Rodriguez be in 2015?

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  • Did MLB treat Alex Rodriguez fairly?

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