Coming in at number 9 in FanWide’s Top 10 Baseball Teams competition is the Toronto Blue Jays. Though the Expos have long since left Montreal, baseball remains a key piece of Canadian sports culture due to the lasting devotion of Blue Jays fans. The Jays draw fans from across Canada as well as the U.S. Passionate crowds fill the Rogers Centre for every home game, but the Jays also have a reputation for strong road showings, especially in FanWide’s home city of Seattle. With an impressive collection of young talent headlined by top prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette (sons of former big leaguers Vladimir Guerrero and Dante Bichette, respectively), the future is bright in Toronto. The team will truly thrive, however, on the strength of the Blue Jays fan base, which earned them the ninth spot on the list.
Teams were evaluated in 9 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology). The Blue Jays graded out as follows:
|Fan Clubs (FanWide)||6||20|
|World Series Wins since 1903||2||15|
|Playoff Series Wins since 2000||3||15|
|Wins (last 5 years)||414||12|
|All Stars (Last 5 years)||14||10|
|National Games Televised (Last Year)||1||23|
|Attendance (Average Last 3 Years)||38646.44||6|
|Forbes Value (in billions)||1.35||16|
|Total Social Media Followers (Millions)||5.04||6|
Top 10 so far:
9. Toronto Blue Jays
Fan Clubs: 6 (20th)
The Blue Jays have 6 fan clubs listed with FanWide, the world’s top fan club network. If you want to start your own Blue Jays fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today.
World Series Wins: 2 (15th)
The Jays’ most recent championship success came in 1992 and 1993, when the team won back-to-back World Series titles. With a strong young core, the odds are good that another Commissioner’s Trophy will return to Toronto soon.
Recent Playoff Series Wins: 3 (15th)
The Blue Jays have had some strong recent playoff runs, appearing in the ALCS in 2015 and 2016. Though they didn’t make the World Series either year, moments such as José Bautista’s iconic bat flip made these memorable runs for the Jays.
Recent Regular Season Wins: 414 (12th)
Though their last two seasons haven’t gone as well as many hoped, the Blue Jays have been consistently above league average over the past few years, highlighted by their consecutive ALCS appearances.
Recent All-Stars: 14 (10th)
Numerous Blue Jays have made recent All-Star appearances, with only 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson (2) making multiple appearances.
Nationally Games Televised in 2019: 1 (23rd)
The Jays will receive limited exposure in primetime slots such as Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN this season, as they are only scheduled for one nationally televised game (in the United States).
Average Attendance: 39,000 (6th)
Attendance is perhaps the strongest area for Blue Jays fans, who never fail to support their Jays in droves. They are aided by the size of the Rogers Centre, as it is the 3rd largest MLB stadium with 49,000 seats.
Forbes Value: $1.35 billion (16th)
Per Forbes’ annual team valuations, the Blue Jays rank 16th 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: 5.04 million (6th)
The Blue Jays have the 6th most total social media follows (1.7 million Facebook likes, 1.1 million Instagram followers, and 2.23 million Twitter followers), all three of which are excellent sources of content for Jays fans in both the U.S. and Canada.
Strength in categories such as average attendance and aggregate social media follows earned the Jays the ninth spot in the competition. No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Blue Jays fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network.
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