Number 7 on the Top 10 Baseball Teams list is the Houston Astros. When the ‘Stros switched from the National to American League in 2013, they were in the midst of a lengthy rebuild. In 2015, however, they burst onto the scene, making the playoffs and defeating the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the AL Wild Card game. From there, the Astros cemented themselves as one of the top teams in baseball. Their lengthy rebuild netted them several top draft picks, such as outfielder George Springer, shortstop Carlos Correa, and third baseman Alex Bregman. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the city of Houston rallied around the Astros, and led by MVP second baseman Jose Altuve and newly-acquired ace righty Justin Verlander, a World Series title came to Houston for the first time. Now, as one of the best teams in baseball, the Astros hope to make another World Series run in 2019.
Teams were evaluated in 9 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology). The Astros graded out as follows:
|Fan Clubs (FanWide)||20||11|
|World Series Wins since 1903||1||21|
|Playoff Series Wins since 2000||8||5|
|Wins (last 5 years)||444||7|
|All Stars (Last 5 years)||18||3|
|National Games Televised (This Year)||15||4|
|Attendance (Average Last 3 Years)||28246.42||17|
|Forbes Value (in billions)||1.65||11|
|Total Social Media Followers (Millions)||3.439||12|
Top 10 so far:
7. Houston Astros
Fan Clubs: 20 (11th)
The Astros have 20 fan clubs listed with FanWide, the world’s top fan club network. If you want to start your own Astros fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today.
World Series Wins: 1 (212)
The 2017 World Series run was the franchise’s only ever World Series win. However, the ‘Stros are among the favorites in 2019, and have as good a shot as anyone to take home another Commissioner’s Trophy.
Recent Playoff Series Wins: 8 (5th)
The Astros have had significant recent postseason success, highlighted by the 2017 World Series win. In 2018, the ‘Stros returned to the ALCS, but were defeated in 5 games by the world champion Red Sox.
Recent Regular Season Wins: 444 (7th)
The Astros have been one of the best and most consistent teams in baseball over the last few years, highlighted by back-to-back seasons with over 100 wins in 2017 and 2018.
Recent All-Stars: 18 (3rd)
Many Astros have traveled to the All-Star Game in recent years, led by Jose Altuve (5), appearing in each of the past 5 years. George Springer (2) and lefty starter Dallas Keuchel (2) have made multiple appearances in Astros uniforms as well.
Nationally Games Televised in 2019: 15 (4th)
As one of baseball’s premier teams, the Astros make numerous appearances in primetime 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: 28,000 (17th)
The Astros rank in the middle of the pack in terms of attendance. Minute Maid Park ranks 20th in total capacity with 41,000 seats.
Forbes Value: $1.65 billion (11th)
Per Forbes’ annual team valuations, the Astros rank 11th 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: 3.4 million (12th)
The Astros have a strong social media presence, with 3.4 million total social media followers (1.3 million Facebook Likes, 1.4 million Twitter followers, and 813k Instagram followers), all of which are excellent sources of content for Astros fans everywhere.
Due to their recent success, player popularity, and national TV exposure, the Astros were able to snag the #7 spot on our list. No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Astros fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network.
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