FanWide’s #6 team on the Top 10 Baseball Teams list is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants’ most notable recent achievement is their incredible “even year” run: the Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Their widespread popularity, however, extends beyond the team’s on-field success. With the recent growth of Silicon Valley and the tech industry, more and more people have migrated to the Bay Area, increasing the number of prospective Giants fans. Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park), widely considered one of the best ballparks in the MLB, occupies a prime spot in downtown San Francisco on the water, making it a popular destination. The team also benefits from the presence of charismatic superstars like lefty ace Madison Bumgarner and former MVP catcher Buster Posey. A combination of all these factors and more earned the Giants the sixth spot among FanWide’s Top 10 Baseball Teams.
Teams were evaluated in 9 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology). The Giants graded out as follows:
|Fan Clubs (FanWide)||173||4|
|World Series Wins since 1903||8||5|
|Playoff Series Wins since 2000||13||4|
|Wins (last 5 years)||396||17|
|All Stars (Last 5 years)||14||10|
|National Games Televised (This Year)||9||10|
|Attendance (Average Last 3 Years)||41303.06||3|
|Forbes Value (in billions)||2.85||4|
|Total Social Media Followers (Millions)||5.87||5|
Top 10 so far:
6. San Francisco Giants
Fan Clubs: 173 (4th)
The Giants have 173 fan clubs listed with FanWide, the world’s top fan club network. If you want to start your own Giants fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today.
World Series Wins: 8 (5th)
The Giants’ most notable postseason achievement was their string of even year World Series runs, highlighted by Madison Bumgarner’s 5 inning save in game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Prior to 2010, the Giants’ last World Series win came in 1954 with their first four coming before World War II.
Recent Playoff Series Wins: 13 (4th)
The Giants have had significant success in the postseason in recent years, winning 10 consecutive playoff series across their three World Series runs in 2010, 2012, and 2014. The streak was broken in the 2016 NLDS following a Wild Card win.
Recent Regular Season Wins: 396 (17th)
Though the Giants have had strong recent postseason success, their regular-season ranking is hindered by back-to-back seasons with a sub-.500 winning percentage. The Giants hope to improve this season.
Recent All-Stars: 14 (10th)
Numerous Giants have made All-Star appearances in the last 5 years, led by Buster Posey (4), Madison Bumgarner (3), and shortstop Brandon Crawford (2).
Nationally Games Televised in 2019: 9 (10th)
The Giants will get strong exposure in primetime slots such as Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN this season, as they are scheduled for 9 nationally televised games (in the United States).
Average Attendance: 41,000 (3rd)
The Giants are one of the top teams in the league when it comes to attendance. Oracle Park ranks 15th in total capacity with 42,000 seats, making this near-sellout average an incredible achievement that shows the unwavering commitment of Giants fans.
Forbes Value: $2.85 billion (4th)
Per Forbes’ annual team valuations, the Giants rank 4th 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: 5.87 million (5th)
The Giants have an elite social media presence, placing in the top 5 of the category with 5.87 million total social media followers (3 million Facebook Likes, 1.77 million Twitter followers, and 1.1 million Instagram followers), all of which are excellent sources of content for Giants fans everywhere.
The Giants had a strong all-around showing, placing in the top 10 in 8 different categories. No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Giants fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network.
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