If the first few weeks of the 2020 MLB season have taught us anything, it’s that money can’t buy everything –– even for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While the Dodgers’ $220 million payroll turned heads this season, the stats don’t lie. Big salaries and big names don’t necessarily guarantee high-caliber play.
But for the Orioles, on the other hand, their youth has risen to the occasion and delivered at the plate –– even without astronomical, record-setting contracts.
So far this season, big-name Dodgers Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Corey Seager have batted a combined .266 with 19 home runs and 59 RBI. In the same period, Orioles’ youth like Anthony Santander, 25, and late-20s veterans like Pedro Severino, Hanser Alberto and Renato Nunez have combined for a .307 average with 19 home runs and 65 RBI.
In comparing the salaries of those two groups, Betts, Bellinger, Turner and Seager will be paid a combined $66.1 million this season while the four Orioles’ 2020 salaries add up to just $3.3 million. The Dodgers’ $220 million payroll is also more than triple that of the O’s $65 million and exceeds the luxury tax threshold by $12 million.
Ultimately, while Betts has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers, batting .314 with eight home runs and 19 RBI, the others are not, including Bellinger who has posted an underwhelming .187 average.
The Dodgers have managed to get off to a hot start despite a lack of production from some of their stars, but the Orioles have shocked Major League Baseball with their Cinderella start –– even with one of the lowest payrolls in the league this season.