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Top 10 Baseball Teams #10: Cleveland Indians

Coming in at number 10 in FanWide’s Top 10 Baseball Teams competition is the Cleveland Indians. An important part of the recent Cleveland sports renaissance, the Indians have been one of the best teams in baseball over the past few season, with three straight AL central titles. Led by an elite pitching staff and an impressive lineup, the Indians look poised to have another strong season in 2019. Despite a smaller market size, Indians fans remain steadfast in their commitment to the team, earning them the tenth spot in the competition.

The 2016 World Series was a recent highlight for Indians fans. Photo courtesy of dailyherald.com.

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

Category

Count

MLB Rank

Fan Clubs (FanWide)

22

10

World Series Wins since 1903

2

15

Playoff Series Wins since 2000

3

15

Wins (last 5 years)

453

3

All Stars (Last 5 years)

16

6

National Games Televised (Last Year)

9

10

Attendance (Average Last 3 Years)

20881.18

28

Forbes Value (in billions)

1.045

24

Total Social Media Followers (Millions)

2.788

17

Top 10 so far:

10. Cleveland Indians

Fan Clubs: 22 (10th)

The Indians have 22 fan clubs listed with FanWide, the world’s top fan club network. If you want to start your own Indians fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today.

World Series Wins: 2 (15th)

The Indians have not won a World Series title since 1948. Most recently the Indians fell just short in the 2016 World Series, suffering a heartbreaking extra innings loss in Game 7 to the Chicago Cubs.

Recent Playoff Series Wins: 3 (15th)

Though the Indians have won the AL Central for each of the past three years, their postseason success has been limited. The highlight of their recent history is most definitely the 2016 run that fell just short of a championship.

Wins: 453 (3rd)

Though their playoff success has been limited, the Indians have been a regular season juggernaut. They have had an above .500 winning percentage in each of those seasons, averaging over 90 wins per year across that 5-year span.

Recent All-Stars: 16 (6th)

Numerous Indians stars have made All-Star appearances in the past 5 years, led by ace righty Corey Kluber (3) and young stars like shortstop Francisco Lindor (3) and third baseman José Ramírez (2).

National Games Televised in 2019: 9 (10th)

As one of the better teams in baseball last year, the Indians have an above-average number of games in primetime slots such as Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN this season.

Average Attendance: 21,000 (28th)

The Indians have struggled with attendance, ranking 28th in the league in attendance over the last 3 years. They are limited, however, by the size of Progressive Field, the 29th largest MLB stadium with a capacity of 35,000. However, Indians fans do still come out in droves to playoff games, creating an electric postseason atmosphere.

Forbes Value: $1.045 billion (24th)

Per Forbes’ annual team valuations, the Indians rank 24th 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: 2.788 million (17th)

The Indians have the 17th most total social media follows (1.35 million Facebook likes, 460K Instagram followers, and 1 million Twitter followers), all three of which are excellent sources of content for Indians fans nationwide.  

A strong showing earned the Indians 10th place among the Top 10 Baseball Teams.  No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Indians fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network.

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