Ok, here's the facts!
Year / Total Payroll
Team Total payroll
New York Yankees $ 184,193,950
Boston Red Sox $ 127,298,500
Anaheim Angels $ 100,534,667
New York Mets $ 96,660,970
Philadelphia Phillies $ 93,219,167
Los Angeles Dodgers $ 92,902,001
Chicago Cubs $ 90,560,000
Atlanta Braves $ 90,182,500
St. Louis Cardinals $ 83,228,333
San Francisco Giants $ 82,019,166
Seattle Mariners $ 81,515,834
Houston Astros $ 75,397,000
Arizona Diamondbacks $ 69,780,750
Colorado Rockies $ 65,445,167
Chicago White Sox $ 65,212,500
Oakland Athletics $ 59,425,667
San Diego Padres $ 55,384,833
Texas Rangers $ 55,050,417
Minnesota Twins $ 53,585,000
Baltimore Orioles $ 51,623,333
Toronto Blue Jays $ 50,017,000
Kansas City Royals $ 47,609,000
Detroit Tigers $ 46,832,000
Cincinnati Reds $ 46,615,250
Florida Marlins $ 42,143,042
Montreal Expos $ 41,197,500
Cleveland Indians $ 34,319,300
Pittsburgh Pirates $ 32,227,929
Tampa Bay Devil Rays $ 29,556,667
Milwaukee Brewers $ 27,528,500
So I guess you're right, it's not 70%, but... The Yankees salary is over twice what the #5 position Phillies are paying.
Year Team Salary Position
2004 New York Yankees $ 22,000,000 Shortstop
2003 Texas Rangers $ 22,000,000 Shortstop
2002 Texas Rangers $ 22,000,000 Shortstop
2001 Texas Rangers $ 22,000,000 Shortstop
A-Rod makes almost as much as the whole Brewers roster!
Year / Top 25 players
Rank Player Salary Team
1 Ramirez, Manny $ 22,500,000 Boston Red Sox
2 Rodriguez, Alex $ 22,000,000 New York Yankees
3 Delgado, Carlos $ 19,700,000 Toronto Blue Jays
4 Jeter, Derek $ 18,600,000 New York Yankees
A-Rod & Jeter make more than the bottom 4 teams!
If this were Nascar...well it isn't Nascar. But we need a cap! It's not even the same game when you have teams of this disparate stature trying to compete with the Yankees and Redsox who obviously don't mind buying championships.
These facts were obtained from the USA Today website.
By the way, I like your new avatar! She's sweet! and the girl ain't half bad either.