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    01 Oct '14 14:204 edits
    Sh76 started a thread about people complaining about payroll and parity in baseball, but was closed even though I said would revisit this come play off time.

    Well here we are!

    Out of 10 teams in the playoffs, only 3 are below the top 15 payrolls teams in baseball.

    They include:
    1. Kansas City #19
    2. Oakland #25
    3. Pittsburg #27

    All 3 are wild card teams. Coincidence?

    Here is the rest:
    1. Baltimore #15
    2. Detroit #5
    3. Angels #6
    4. Nationals #9
    5 San Fran 7
    6. St. Louis #13
    7. Dodgers #1

    To date, Oakland was knocked off in the wild card game yesterday, so now there are only 2 lowly teams left in low payroll land who reside in the bottom 15 teams in payroll.

    Does anyone think that Pittsburg or Kansas City has a realistic shot?

    No? The hell ya say! 😲
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    01 Oct '14 21:00
    Where is #2, 3 and 4? 3 of the top 5 payrolls not even in the playoffs.

    Plus putting any side outside the top 10 in payrolls in your little list is pretty ridiculous.
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    02 Oct '14 01:09
    Originally posted by Trev33
    Where is #2, 3 and 4? 3 of the top 5 payrolls not even in the playoffs.

    Plus putting any side outside the top 10 in payrolls in your little list is pretty ridiculous.
    Not at all.

    Saint Louis, for example, has such a great front office they can compete at around 10th in payroll. However, if they were to delve below 15th, they would not dominate the division year after year.

    Looking at the half mark in payroll, the top 15 teams in payroll traditionally buy winning seasons. About a handful do not have winning seasons.

    Conversely, the bottom 15 in payroll traditionally don't have winning seasons, except for a hanful of teams. It is the exact inverse.

    At the end of the day, the vast majority of teams in the playoffs will be in the top 15 in payroll. In fact, a low payroll team has not won the world series since the Marlins.