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    SBD/SBJ Reader Survey: The Industry Chimes In On Baseball

    THE DAILY continues to present the results of the first Reader Survey conducted in conjunction with SportsBusiness Journal with a look at the MLB. More than 1,500 responses were collected via polling on the Web sites of both SportsBusiness Daily and SportsBusiness Journal from September 12-October 2. The Daily will continue to publish excerpts from the results through next week, and you may also see data in this week’s issue of SBJ.

    Only the top vote-getters are listed here. That's why, for some questions, the results of the polling might not equal 100%.


    Most effective owner:
    George Steinbrenner (New York Yankees)
    38.5%
    John Henry/Tom Werner (Boston Red Sox)
    20.0%
    Arte Moreno (Los Angeles Angels)
    7.6%
    Time Warner company (Atlanta Braves)
    7.2%
    William DeWitt Jr. (St. Louis Cardinals)
    6.0%
    • Responses: 1,025
    Least effective owner:
    Vince Naimoli (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
    22.3%
    David Glass (Kansas City Royals)
    9.6%
    Peter Angelos (Baltimore Orioles)
    8.7%
    Kevin McClatchy (Pittsburgh Pirates)
    5.4%
    Major League Baseball (Washington Nationals)
    5.1%
    • Responses: 998
    Best uniforms:
    New York Yankees
    33.5%
    Boston Red Sox
    11.5%
    Chicago Cubs
    6.7%
    St. Louis Cardinals
    6.1%
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    4.8%
    • Responses: 1,013
    Worst uniforms:
    Tampa Bay Devil Rays
    19.5%
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    12.3%
    Toronto Blue Jays
    6.9%
    San Diego Padres
    6.5%
    Florida Marlins
    5.3%
    • Responses: 958
    State of MLB now compared with five years ago:
    Better
    48.2%
    Worse
    31.6%
    About the same
    20.2%
    • Responses: 1,065
    Biggest challenge facing MLB in the year ahead:
    Drug testing of players
    58.7%
    Increasing competitive balance across markets
    23.7%
    Getting a new labor deal
    11.2%
    Debuting the World Baseball Classic
    4.1%
    Launching The Baseball Channel
    2.3%
    • Responses: 1,062
    Best MLB ballpark:
    Fenway Park
    15.7%
    Wrigley Field
    15.2%
    Oriole Park at Camden Yards
    11.9%
    SBC Park
    11.2%
    Yankee Stadium
    10.6%
    PNC Park
    4.0%
    • Responses: 1,256
    MLB club most in need of a new ballpark:
    New York Mets(Shea Stadium)
    23.5%
    Florida Marlins(Dolphins Stadium)
    16.4%
    Washington Nationals(RFK Stadium)
    11.2%
    Minnesota Twins(Metrodome)
    10.8%
    Tampa Bay Devil Rays(Tropicana Field)
    7.5%
    • Responses: 1,215
    Most-marketable player:
    Derek Jeter
    48.0%
    Alex Rodriguez
    22.3%
    Johnny Damon
    8.0%
    Albert Pujols
    6.9%
    Roger Clemens
    6.3%
    Ichiro Suzuki
    2.7%
    • Responses: 1,060
    Position you would most like to play if you were on a major league team:
    Shortstop
    21.8%
    Outfield
    16.5%
    Starting pitcher
    14.3%
    First base
    9.8%
    Catcher
    9.7%
    Second base
    8.8%
    Third base
    6.8%
    Relief pitcher
    5.2%
    DH
    2.1%
    • Responses: 1,056

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