The participants in major league baseball’s 2018 World Series have now been decided.
The two teams that will vie for the championship are the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose team payroll was $199,582,045 (3rd of 30 teams), and the Boston Red Sox, whose team payroll was $228,398,860, highest of all teams, and $20 million more than the next-highest team.
Meanwhile, the 2018 team payroll for Pittsburgh Pirates was $91,025,861, a little less than two-thirds of the league average. The Pirates finished with a .509 winning percentage and despite their hot streak in July were never really in playoff contention.
Moral of the story: If you want to play power ball, you need to spend mega-millions.