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They May Cancel Opening Day, But Baseball Still Offers Economic Lessons

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball may be canceling this year’s opening day, but it’s still a good time to draw lessons in fundamental fairness from the world of professional sports.

As everyone knows, a few star players earn many times the salaries of their less celebrated teammates, who may work just as hard. Does it make sense for famous veterans to make more than raw rookies—or should Major League Baseball take money from the rich stand-outs and share it with struggling bench-warmers and minor leaguers?

In society at large, the Democratic Party increasingly favors the latter approach: redistribution of wealth to take money from people who’ve earned it to pay bills for those who haven’t.

In sports, teamwork is everything: winning games and championships that benefit the lowest-paid members of the organization as well as the highest.

Most Americans understand sports and reject the leveling and confiscatory instincts of progressives and “democratic socialists” in politics, business, and on the ballfield.

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