ESPN study names D-backs No. 1 MLB franchise
The fans have taken notice.
The D-backs announced Thursday that they have been named the No. 1 franchise in Major League Baseball and No. 6 of 122 organizations in the four major U.S. sports by ESPN. The rankings are based off results from fan surveys and financial analysis, and focus on eight categories, such as fan relations, affordability, bang for the buck, stadium experience, players, ownership, title track and coaching.
The full rankings will be released in Friday's issue of ESPN the Magazine.
"This honor is particularly rewarding because it is decided upon primarily by the fans," Hall said in a press release. "We're extremely proud to be recognized in this fashion."
The D-backs ranked second among MLB franchises and 10th overall last year.
Team Marketing Report has named the D-backs the most affordable for families for seven consecutive years, and the D-backs were the first sports organization to be named "Best Places to Work" by the Phoenix Business Journal and BestCompaniesAZ.
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- Bickley Blast - Thursday April 17Bickley blasts Kevin Towers' philosophy and the need for an analytics GM.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday April 17Is it too early to make a change?
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday April 16Can the D-backs weather the storm?
- Jay Franklin, Archie Bradley's agent - Tuesday April 15Archie Bradley's agent clarifies his comments he made while talking to Ken Rosenthal.
- Mike Bolsinger, D-backs pitcher - Tuesday April 15D-backs pitcher Mike Bolsinger talks about his MLB debut.
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs manager - Tuesday April 15D-backs manager Kirk Gibson talks about the team's pitching woes.