Coming in second on the Top 10 Baseball Teams list is the Los Angeles Dodgers. From Brooklyn, home of the Dodgers until 1957, to LA, it is difficult for many teams to boast the historical greatness of the Dodgers. The team has a rich history of success, both past and present. The Dodgers also have a rich history of superstars, from Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax to current ace lefty and 3 time NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. Situated in the nation’s second largest market, the Dodgers are always situated at the center of the baseball world, and they never disappoint. 1st place finishes in fan clubs, recent wins, recent All-Stars, and and average attendance earned them the spot as FanWide’s #2 Baseball Team.
Teams were evaluated in 9 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology). The Dodgers graded out as follows:
|Fan Clubs (FanWide)||410||1|
|World Series Wins since 1903||6||6|
|Playoff Series Wins since 2000||8||5|
|Wins (last 5 years)||473||1|
|All Stars (Last 5 years)||21||1|
|National Games Televised (This Year)||13||6|
|Attendance (Average Last 3 Years)||46230.38||1|
|Forbes Value (in billions)||3||2|
|Total Social Media Followers (Millions)||7.29||3|
Top 10 so far:
4. Chicago Cubs
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Fan Clubs: 410 (1st)
The Dodgers have 410 fan clubs listed with FanWide, the world’s top fan club network. This is the most of any MLB team by a wide margin. If you want to start your own Dodgers fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today.
World Series Wins: 6 (6th)
The Dodgers have not won a World Series title since 1988. However, they have made the World Series in each of the past two seasons, and look poised to make another run in 2019.
Recent Playoff Series Wins: 8 (5th)
Though the Dodgers have not won a World Series since 2000, they have still been a successful playoff team, appearing in 2 World Series and 6 National League Championship Series over the last 11 seasons
Recent Regular Season Wins: 473 (1st)
The Dodgers have been baseball’s best regular season team over the past 5 years, winning 90+ games each season and 104 games in 2017.
Recent All-Stars: 21 (1st)
Many Dodgers stars have made recent All-Star Game appearances, led by Clayton Kershaw (4), elite closer Kenley Jansen (3), and young star shortstop Corey Seager (2).
Nationally Games Televised in 2019: 13 (6th)
As one of the MLB’s elite teams from the prominent LA market, the Dodgers will feature prominently slots such as Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN this season, as they are scheduled for 13 nationally televised games (in the United States).
Average Attendance: 46,000 (1st)
The Dodgers lead all of baseball in attendance. They are aided by the temperate year-round L.A. climate and the massive size of Dodger Stadium, which ranks 1st in baseball with a total capacity of 56,000.
Forbes Value: $3 billion (2nd)
Per Forbes’ annual team valuations, the Dodgers rank 2nd 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: 7.29 million (3rd)
The Dodgers have a top-flight social media following, coming in at 3rd in the category with 7.29 million total social media followers (3.4 million Facebook Likes, 2.1 million Twitter followers, and 1.8 million Instagram followers), all of which are excellent sources of news and highlights for Dodgers fans everywhere.
The Dodgers cruised to a 2nd place finish with 1st place finishes in 4 categories and top 6 finishes in all 9 categories. No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Dodgers fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network.
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