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I haven't watched much of the MLB playoffs. To be honest, I haven't watched any of it, outside of catching the box scores at night and watching the highlights in the morning. When the playoffs started, I mentioned I was rooting for Oakland, even though the chances of them winning it all were slim. Ever since 1994, only one team with a payroll in the bottom half of the league has won the World Series, and that was the 2003 Florida Marlins. It's looking like that streak will be continued another year.

Oakland was eliminated tonight by the Detroit Tigers, who came in to the year with the fifth biggest payroll in the game. In the National League, the Cincinnati Reds were eliminated by the San Francisco Giants, who had the eighth biggest payroll in the game heading in to the year. Baltimore and Washington both fought to stay alive and force a deciding game five. Those two teams are the only two with payrolls in the bottom half of the league, ranking 19th (Baltimore) and 20th (Washington)...

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