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Top 10 Baseball Teams: #3 Boston Red Sox

The reigning World Series champs take the #3 spot! At the moment, there are few fan bases in all of sports happier than Red Sox fans. For the Sox, 2018 was nothing but a resounding success. Following a franchise-record 108 wins in 2018, the team cruised through the playoffs to take home another Commissioner’s Trophy upon winning their 4th World Series. During this streak they lost only three total games while defeating the archrival Yankees, reigning champion Astros, and a Dodgers team making its second consecutive World Series appearance. Expectations couldn’t have been higher at the recent Red Sox Winter Weekend, held every January, an annual event that allows fans to hear from and even meet current players, team officials, and Red Sox legends. Led by young manager Alex Cora and stars such as right fielder Mookie Betts, designated hitter J.D. Martinez, and ace left-hander Chris Sale, the Red Sox (and their fans) hope to be firmly in the mix for another World Series title in 2019. As a franchise with a rich and storied history, the Red Sox are popular with fans in New England and across the country. It should come as no surprise that they graded out highly among FanWide’s Top 10 Baseball Teams, finishing third overall.

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is a fan favorite at Red Sox Winter Weekend. Photo courtesy of mlb.com.

Teams were evaluated in 9 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology). The Red Sox graded out as follows:

Category Count MLB Rank
Fan Clubs (FanWide) 154 5
World Series Wins since 1903 9 3
Playoff Series Wins since 2000 14 3
Wins (last 5 years) 443 8
All Stars (Last 5 years) 17 5
National Games Televised (This Year) 20 1
Attendance (Average Last 3 Years) 36,024 8
Forbes Value (in billions) 2.8 5
Total Social Media Followers (Millions) 8.88 2

 

10. Cleveland Indians

9. Toronto Blue Jays

8. New York Mets

7. Houston Astros

6. San Francisco Giants

5. St. Louis Cardinals

4. Chicago Cubs

3. Boston Red Sox

Fan Clubs: 154 (5th)

The Red Sox currently have 154 fan clubs listed in FanWide’s database. The team also has an official fan club, Red Sox Nation, which provides Red Sox fans with numerous unique benefits, deals, and opportunities. If you want to start your own Red Sox fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today.

World Series Wins: 9 (3rd)

Though they still fall short of the rival Yankees, the Red Sox are a top-tier team in terms of all-time championships. Following a World Series win in 1918, the Red Sox suffered from what is commonly referred to as the “Curse of the Bambino” after the Red Sox infamously traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees. The curse was broken in 2004, and the Red Sox have been one of the most successful teams in the league since then, winning four championships in 15 years (2004, 2007, 2013, and 2018).

Recent Playoff Series Wins: 14 (3rd)

The Red Sox have found significant playoff success since 2000, with the 3rd most series wins of any MLB team. Between the “old” core led by legendary designated hitter David Ortiz and former MVP second baseman Dustin Pedroia, managed by Terry Francona, and the current core, the Red Sox have been a force to be reckoned with in the postseason since 2000.

Wins: 443 (8th)

Following their 2013 World Series win, the Red Sox suffered through a prolonged two-year slump, with a sub-.500 winning percentage in both seasons. During that time, numerous promising young players emerged, and a strong finish to the 2015 season gave fans hope for the future. This hope would soon be realized, with the Red Sox winning 93 games in both 2017 and 2018, winning the AL East each year. The 2018 won 108 games en route to a third straight division title and, of course, another World Series win.

Recent All-Stars: 17 (5th)

The Red Sox have had numerous All-Stars in the last 5 years, with closer Craig Kimbrel (3), Mookie Betts (3), and Chris Sale (2) all making multiple appearances in a Red Sox uniform.

National Games Televised in 2019: 20 (1st)

The Red Sox were the top team in baseball last year, and this is reflected by their league-leading number of appearances in primetime slots such as Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN this coming season.

Average Attendance: 36,000 (8th)

Per FanWide’s attendance data, the Red Sox have had the eighth highest mean attendance over the past three seasons. They are limited due to the smaller size of Fenway Park, which although being one of the most beloved and historical MLB Stadiums situated in the center of a major city ranks 27th in total capacity at 37,600, and still frequently enjoys passionate sellout crowds.

Forbes Value: 2.8 (5th)

Per Forbes’ annual team valuations, the Sox rank 5th 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: 8.88 million (2nd)

The Red Sox have the second most followers across social media, with 8.88 million total 5 million Facebook Likes, 2 million Twitter followers, and 1.5 million Instagram followers), all three of which are excellent sources of content for Red Sox fans nationwide.

The Red Sox performed well among the Top 10 Baseball Teams, grading out in the top 10 of every category. This strong all-around performance culminated in a 3rd place finish overall.  No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Red Sox fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network.

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