SBD/Issue 52/SBD/SBJ Reader Survey

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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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