MLB Payroll Versus Performance: Yankees Walk a Straight Line

Posted: 1st October 2009 by Eric Ball in MLB
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Recently, I came across a very interesting graph showing the overall increase or decrease of a baseball team's wins compared to money the teamáspent. Each team's ranking as far as team payrolláis contrasted witháthe overall record up to this point in the 2009 regular season. The New York Yankees spent the most and have the most wins, so they have a straight line.á The only other team that'sáwalkingáa straight line between salary and wins is the Cincinnati Reds. The New York Mets have the steepest line in the wrong direction.áThe team with the second highest payroll places 25th in total wins with 67.á The Chicago Cubs have the second biggest drop-off. The Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Oakland A's have all overachieved in the American League considering their payrolls. In the N ...

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