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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 21:42

2011 World Series

Welcome to the two teams that will play for the 2011 World Series Championship. A series that sees the Texas Rangers return to the Fall Classic for the second year in a row, after never being in a World Series, ever, prior to 2010. They’ll face the St. Louis Cardinals, who were 10.5 games back of the Braves on August 23rd in the NL Wild Card race and returning to the Fall Classic for the first time since winning it all in 2006.

But, here’s what the 2011 World Series might better remembered for: “average” payroll.

No, the two teams do not have the skinny payroll of the Rays and Diamondbacks, but they also aren’t the free spenders that the Yankees and Phillies enjoy, both of whom were also knocked out of the first round.

So, where do the Cardinals and Rangers rank in payroll? Based on Opening Day numbers, and using their ranking of the 30 clubs, the two average out to a reasonable 12 out of possible 30. The Cardinals’ Opening Day payroll of $105,433,572 ranked as #11 while the Rangers clocked in at $92,299,264, or 13 out of 30. How does that compare to last season? The Giants, who won it all in 2010, had baseball’s 9th highest Opening Day payroll at $98,641,333, perfectly sandwiched between the salary numbers for the two teams in this year’s World Series.

In terms of median salary, the Cardinals come off more impressive. At $1 million, they’re tied for 20 with the Diamondbacks while the Rangers come in exactly the middle of the pack at 15 out of the 30 clubs ($1,251,000).

By Standard Deviation, the Cardinals rank 9th in the league ($1,251,000, avg salary $3,904,947) compared to the Rangers ranked at 15 out of 30 ($4,027,146, avg salary $3,182,733).

Here is the breakdown of the 8 teams that made the postseason:


  1. Matt Holliday ($16,317,774)
  2. Albert Pujols ($14,508,395)
  3. Chris Carpenter ($14,259,403)
  4. Kyle Lohse ($12,187,500)
  5. Lance Berkman ($8,000,000)


  1. Michael Young ($16,174,974)
  2. Adrian Beltre ($14,000,000)
  3. Josh Hamilton ($8,750,000)
  4. C.J. Wilson ($7,000,000)
  5. Ian Kinsler ($6,200,000)

(Grayed out - eliminated)








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Opening Day player payroll source: USA Today

Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey, and is a contributor to Forbes SportsMoney blog.. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

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