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Wins vs. Payroll: 2010 Season Payroll Efficiency

Posted by Kris N. on October 9, 2010

The 2010 season has come to an end, and I thought I’d write this post before someone else did. The purpose of this is to find out which team did the most with their payroll, in terms of wins. Let’s keep it short and sweet. Here is the graph:

So basically this graph is broken down into four quadrants. We will call the bottom right quadrant, “Quadrant One,” as it is the best to be in. The upper right is “Quadrant Two,” the bottom left is “Quadrant Three” and the upper left is “Quadrant Four.” The lower the quadrant number your team is in, the more efficient your team was.

The yellow lines represent the averages. The average payroll was $90.9M and the average amount of wins was 82.

Quadrant 4

Surprisingly the Mets weren’t the worst team in this category. It’s a toss up between Seattle and Chicago, but I’m going to have to go with the Cubs. Seattle paid $1.61M per win, while Chicago paid $1.95M (The average is $1.12M per win). The Mets, not surprisingly, still sucked this year.

Quadrant 3

This will forever be occupied by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Low payroll, low wins. There is a good to case to be made about the Marlins and A’s making it to the first quadrant, unfortunately they didn’t have enough wins. Your seasons won’t go in vein!! Well… not really.

Quadrant 2

You gotta spend money to make money, right? Well the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies think so. That’s it.

Quadrant 1

The winner has got to be the Rays. Yes, the Padres put up a damn compelling case, leading baseball with the cheapest wins ($0.4M/win), but I’ll have to add points to the Rays for an incredible 96 win season. Other winners include: The Rangers, Reds, Braves, Blue Jays, and Rockies. Way to go guys!

Complete Cost per Win chart:


4 Responses to “Wins vs. Payroll: 2010 Season Payroll Efficiency”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Atlanta Braves Buzz and Ignacio Benedetti, Kris Noble. Kris Noble said: Wins vs. Payroll: 2010 Season Payroll Efficiency : […]

  2. Jess said

    To Bunt or Not to Bunt?

    It’s the top of the ninth in Game 7 of the 2010 World Series. The Texas Rangers have a 3 – 2 lead against the Philadelphia Phillies, taking their turn to hit. Jimmy Rollins leads off the inning with a single. Now Charlie Manuel, the Phillies manager, faces the ultimate question, should he bunt him over? Baseball traditionalists would tell you that you need move the runner into scoring position to give the next two batters a chance to drive him in, no matter the cost. The probabilities of statistics tell you that the Phillies would be lowering the overall runs that they can expect to score if they don’t just let the inning play out. However, numbers suggest that, if you’re playing for just one run, it’s a wash. What should Manuel do?

    The game of baseball has been around since the 19th century. In my humble abode, we individuals like to believe that this is not true. We believe it was invented in the 9th centry. There are instances in which we all try to believe something, but it is not built in the world of absinthes with everyone in the world and created life. However, the world is not as easy as we want to see. This is not even something that I can recognizably evaluate. I degenerate from a long family a heritage, and these words mean nothing to me. I’m shocked that Busta Rhymes even thinks this is tolerable. We should put an end to this PRONTO.

    However, there are valid points created in the life of those who don’t know. Now what do I mean by don’t know? I don’t even know. However, we all believe that life is expected to be happy. The birds and the bees is a silly kind of world. WE don’t TRULY signify life. Life signifies us. We are nothing. The theme of this story is that making a bunt is just like challenging life. Where are we? What kind of people do we think we are? MOM I’M ON THE PHONE. But Goergeo Wash examines that the bill of rights and baseball in the same rights.

  3. Tim Pann said

    Can I suggest you label the quadrants? That way, whenever you mention “quadrant X” the reader doesn’t have to stop reading and go figure out what you’re talking about.

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