FanWide’s #4 team on the Top 10 Baseball Teams list is the Chicago Cubs. Few teams can match the history, good and bad, of the Chicago Cubs. In 2016, the Cubs broke the 71 year “Curse of the Billy Goat”, a period in which did not even appear in a World Series, let alone win a championship. Now, led by young stars such as third baseman Kris Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, and second baseman Javier Baez, the Cubs hope to win another World Series soon. Led by top 10 finishes in every category and top 3 showings in fan clubs, regular season wins, national games televised, and Forbes value, the Cubs can proudly call themselves FanWide’s #4 Baseball Team.
Teams were evaluated in 9 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology). The Cubs graded out as follows:
|Fan Clubs (FanWide)||342||2|
|World Series Wins since 1903||3||10|
|Playoff Series Wins since 2000||7||7|
|Wins (last 5 years)||460||2|
|All Stars (Last 5 years)||16||6|
|National Games Televised (This Year)||17||3|
|Attendance (Average Last 3 Years)||38665.87||5|
|Forbes Value (in billions)||2.9||3|
|Total Social Media Followers (Millions)||7.2||4|
Top 10 so far:
4. Chicago Cubs
Fan Clubs: 342 (2nd)
The Cubs have 342 fan clubs listed with FanWide, the world’s top fan club network. If you want to start your own Cubs fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today.
World Series Wins: 3 (10th)
The Cubs have only 3 World Series wins all time. The team won back-to-back titles in 1907 and 1908, but suffered several World Series losses culminating in the start of the “Curse of the Billy Goat” following a loss in the 1945 World Series. The team would not even appear in another World Series until 2016, when the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians to break the curse for their first World Series in 108 years.
Recent Playoff Series Wins: 7 (7th)
Though the Cubs have only won the one World Series since 1908, they have had significant recent playoff success, reaching the postseason in each of the past 4 years.
Recent Regular Season Wins: 460 (2nd)
After a difficult 73 win 2014 season, the Cubbies have been among baseball’s premier teams, winning 90+ games in 2015, 2017, and 2018 and 103 games in the 2016 curse-breaking season.
Recent All-Stars: 16 (6th)
Several different Cubs have made All-Star appearances in the last 5 years, led by Anthony Rizzo (3), Kris Bryant (2), and lefty ace Jon Lester (2).
Nationally Games Televised in 2019: 17 (3rd)
As one of the MLB’s elite teams from a large market, the Cubs will feature prominently slots such as Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN this season, as they are scheduled for 10 nationally televised games (in the United States).
Average Attendance: 39,000 (5th)
The Cubs are one of baseball’s top teams when it comes to attendance. Wrigley Field, one of the most iconic and historic venues in sports, ranks 17th in total capacity with 41,600 seats, making this an impressive ranking.
Forbes Value: $2.9 billion (3rd)
Per Forbes’ annual team valuations, the Cubs rank 3rd in the MLB in terms of total value. The Forbes valuation considers business factors which can contribute to popularity, such as market size, merchandise sales, sponsorships, TV deals, and other sources of revenue.
Aggregate Social Media Followers: 7.2 million (4th)
The Cubs have an elite social media presence, placing in the top 5 of the category with 7.2 million total social media followers (3.4 million Facebook Likes, 2.5 million Twitter followers, and 1.3 million Instagram followers), all of which are excellent sources of news and highlights for Cubs fans everywhere.
The Cubs had a strong all-around showing, highlighted by the most recent playoff wins. No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Cubs fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network.
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