Charting How Much Payroll Matters

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Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman made an observation Thursday:

payroll rankings of playoff teams: 1, 3, 10, 11, 13, 16, 24, 29. so not in are 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. #moneyball

This is as good a time as any to note that I dig his lower-case style. At any rate, that is a pretty fun set of numbers. That a couple of teams reach the playoffs with low payrolls does not surprise us in the year 2011, but the rankings of teams that missed out is sort of staggering.

A couple of those misses are near-misses, such as the No. 2 Red Sox, whose story you already...

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