The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4 to 3 to win the 2008 major league baseball World Series. Earlier in the major league baseball playoffs, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the National League Championship, while the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox to win the American League Championship. The file MLB Salaries contains the salaries for the 28 players on each of these four teams (USA Today Salary Database, October 2008). The data, shown in thousands of dollars, have been ordered from the highest salary to the lowest salary for each team.
a. Analyze the salaries for the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. What is the total payroll for the team? What is the median salary? What is the five-number summary?
b. Were there salary outliers for the Philadelphia Phillies? If so, how many and what were the salary amounts?
c. What is the total payroll for each of the other three teams? Develop the five-number summary for each team and identify any outliers.
d. Show the box plots of the salaries for all four teams. What are your interpretations? Of these four teams, does it appear that the team with the higher salaries won the league championships and the World Series?

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