This has been, for me, one of the more exciting playoffs in memory. The games have been tight. There’s been a nice mix of offense and pitching. Managerial decisions have played a huge role. In other words, I’m enjoying these games about as much as I’m able, considering the Indians aren’t participating.
And while I wouldn’t put too much stock in the crapshoot that is the MLB playoffs, I find it interesting that the two teams that have made the World Series happen to be teams that don’t spend gobs and gobs of money—at least not relatively speaking.
The St. Louis Cardinals opening day payroll this year was about $110 million, up from $94 million in 2010 and $88 million in 2009. The Rangers were at $92 million on opening day 2011, up considerably from 2010 and 2009 where their figures were at $64 million and $68 million respectively.
In other words, these two teams have averaged about $86 million in payroll over the last three years. [Read more...]