Originally posted by shortcircuit
Winning records and getting into the playoffs and ultimately winning the world series are quite a different matter.
Your claims are that the top spenders are a lock for the playoffs.
That just isn't true and the evidence is there for you to see.
Sure, some of them make it in, but you have looked silly with your predictions.
I did some more number crunching in terms of "winners".
Here are the world champions from 2010-2000 and where they finished in terms of payroll.
2010 Giants (10th)
2009 Yanks (1)
2008 Phillies (13)
2007 Red Sox (2)
2006 Cardinals (11)
2005 White Sox (13)
2004 Red Sox (2)
2003 Marlins (25)
2002 Angels (15)
2001 Arizona (8)
2000 Yankees (1)
If you add up the rankings in payroll, you will see that it averages out that winners are at least 10th in payroll every year. In fact, if you left out the Marlins, which are an obvious statistical anomaly, every last team would be ranked 13 or higher in terms of payroll raising the average to around 8th in payroll.
Another glaring fact is that #1 and #2 in payroll over the last decade have won the World Series no less than two times.
Of course, please feel free to glibly ignore these facts as well. In fact, why do I put myself through such torment when all will happen is people mocking what they don't want to hear?