Tampa Bay was in the World Series two years ago.
Colorado was in the World Series the year before that.
As of today the division leaders in Baseball are:
NY Yankees (1)
San Diego (29)
Those numbers represent each teams opening day payroll. If we average those numbers that would put the average payroll rank of the 6 division leaders at 16.33. There are 30 teams in baseball. So the division leaders average payrolls are LOWER the the average of the MLB overall.
Tampa & Colorado are anomalies, as soon as the talent is developed and either they are out of contention or FA comes there star players will be traded or leave via FA to one of the four major markets, I grew up a A's fan and scene this scenario play out time and time again.
Season is only half over, we'll see how it plays out, but teams like Cincy(20), San Diego(29) and Texas(27) only hold small leads over St.louis(12) Dodgers(11) and Angels (8)
So teams with the huge payrolls while not be leading currently are no more then 3-5 games back as the season stands now.
Edited by Purity-Control, 09 July 2010 - 06:23 PM.