Coming in at #5 on the Top 10 Baseball Teams list is the St. Louis Cardinals. One of baseball’s premier teams, both past and present, the Cardinals graded out exceptionally well, with above-average showings in every category led by the most recent playoff wins and the second most World Series wins and second highest average attendance. In a St. Louis market without an NBA or NFL team, the Cardinals have come to represent the city and its fans, who are often considered among the best in baseball. Through their frequent success, they have represented St. Louis well. With the additions of All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and lefty reliever Andrew Miller to an already-strong roster, the Cards look poised to bring even more success to St. Louis this upcoming season.
Teams were evaluated in 9 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology). The Cardinals graded out as follows:
|Fan Clubs (FanWide)||16||14|
|World Series Wins since 1903||11||2|
|Playoff Series Wins since 2000||16||1|
|Wins (last 5 years)||447||5|
|All Stars (Last 5 years)||16||6|
|National Games Televised (This Year)||10||7|
|Attendance (Average Last 3 Years)||42,855||2|
|Forbes Value (in billions)||1.9||7|
|Total Social Media Followers (Millions)||4.196||10|
Top 10 so far:
5. St. Louis Cardinals
Fan Clubs: 16 (14th)
The Cardinals have 16 fan clubs listed with FanWide, the world’s top fan club network. If you want to start your own Cardinals fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today. The Cards also have an official fan club, Redbird Nation.
World Series Wins: 11 (2nd)
The Cardinals are second only to the Yankees when it comes to World Series Wins. Their two most recent wins came in 2006 and 2011, led in both years by star first baseman Albert Pujols and in 2011 by World Series MVP third baseman David Freese.
Recent Playoff Series Wins: 16 (1st)
The Cardinals have been the most successful team in the postseason since 2000 in terms of series wins. The Cards have won 4 National League pennants over that stretch, winning the World Series in 2006 and 2011. Though they have not made the playoffs since 2015, the Cardinals have a good chance to return in 2019.
Recent Regular Season Wins: 447 (5th)
The Cards have been a strong and consistent regular season team over the past 5 years, with a winning percentage over .500 each year.
Recent All-Stars: 16 (6th)
Numerous Cardinals have made All-Star appearances in the last 5 years, led by star catcher Yadier Molina (4), infielder Matt Carpenter (2), and hard-throwing righty Carlos Martinez (2).
Nationally Games Televised in 2019: 10 (7th)
As one of the MLB’s best teams, the Cardinals will feature heavily 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: 43,000 (2rd)
The Cardinals are one of baseball’s premier teams when it comes to attendance. The iconic Busch Stadium ranks 10th in total capacity with 45,500 seats, having hosted many sellout crowds in regular season and postseason games alike.
Forbes Value: $1.9 billion (7th)
Per Forbes’ annual team valuations, the Cardinals rank 7th 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: 4.2 million (10th)
The Cardinals have a strong social media presence, placing in the top 10 of the category with 4.2 million total social media followers (2.4 million Facebook Likes, 1.2 million Twitter followers, and 700k Instagram followers), all of which are excellent sources of content for Cardinals fans everywhere.
The Cardinals had a strong all-around showing, highlighted by the most recent playoff wins. No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Cardinals fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network.
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