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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: 1,025Least 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: 998Best uniforms: New York Yankees33.5% Boston Red Sox11.5% Chicago Cubs6.7% St. Louis Cardinals6.1% Los Angeles Dodgers4.8% • Responses: 1,013Worst uniforms: Tampa Bay Devil Rays19.5% Arizona Diamondbacks12.3% Toronto Blue Jays6.9% San Diego Padres6.5% Florida Marlins5.3% • Responses: 958State of MLB now compared with five years ago: Better48.2% Worse31.6% About the same20.2% • Responses: 1,065Biggest challenge facing MLB in the year ahead: Drug testing of players58.7% Increasing competitive balance across markets23.7% Getting a new labor deal11.2% Debuting the World Baseball Classic4.1% Launching The Baseball Channel2.3% • Responses: 1,062Best MLB ballpark: Fenway Park15.7% Wrigley Field15.2% Oriole Park at Camden Yards11.9% SBC Park11.2% Yankee Stadium10.6% PNC Park4.0% • Responses: 1,256MLB 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: 1,215Most-marketable player: Derek Jeter48.0% Alex Rodriguez22.3% Johnny Damon8.0% Albert Pujols6.9% Roger Clemens6.3% Ichiro Suzuki2.7% • Responses: 1,060Position you would most like to play if you were on a major league team: Shortstop21.8% Outfield16.5% Starting pitcher14.3% First base9.8% Catcher9.7% Second base8.8% Third base6.8% Relief pitcher5.2% DH2.1% • Responses: 1,056