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MLB Owner Review

Byron Clarke
May 17th, 2004

Who is the best baseball owner? Who is the worst? Do corporate ownerships work best? Does a strong ownership group triumph over a one man show? These are some of the questions I will try to answer over the next few months as I review the ownership groups of all thirty major league baseball teams.

MLB Owner Reviews


First Thoughts:

Not having done a lot of research, I'll start by categorizing the owners with what I know.

The Good:

Atlanta Braves - AOL Time Warner/Ted Turner. Turner recently turned over the Braves to then AOL Time Warner, which is now Time Warner. However, twelve consecutive division titles says that Turner/Time at least hired the right man (John Schuerholtz) and stuck with him. Through most of the '90s they also gave the team a large enough budget to field a consistent winner, re-sign key free agents, and build a ball club.

New York Yankees - George Steinbrenner. The Boss owns the most successful and profitable franchise in baseball. The Yanks have not always been the profit machine they are now. Steinbrenner isn't the best owner in baseball, but I'll trade him teams.

The Bad:

Montreal Expos - Major League Baseball. The worst ownership situation in baseball is clearly the Expos. The conflict of interest is oozing out of the pores of this triple-A caliber club. Despite hiring excellent baseball men (Omar Minaya as GM, and Frank Robinson as manager), baseball has made a bad situation worse. Beginning with their attempts to contract the Expos (not the worst idea ever), baseball has done everything it possibly can to alienate the city of Montreal. I have heard recently that MLB is making progress towards cobbling together an ownership group for a return to Washington.

Detroit Tigers - Mike Illitch, Pizza man can't run a ballclub worth a darn. He should sell to Papa John.

The Evil:

Milwaukee Brewers - Bud Selig, I don't like him. His teams (uh, excuse me, his trust's teams) have been bad. He may have lied about ballclub finances to get public funding for a stadium. Heck, he is a used car dealer.

Florida Marlins - Jeffrey Loria. Began running the Expos into the ground, and then traded for the Marlins. Despite winning a World Series in his first year (probably more of a reflection on current Red Sox owner John Henry), Loria has continued threatening to leave if the state of Florida, and Miami won't publicly finance a new stadium.

The Conflicted:

San Francisco Giants - Peter McGowan. McGowan built a fantastic ball park with private money. This speaks of an owner with a long term interest in his ball club, however letting Dusty Baker go, and running out of money which caused his near World Series champion ball club to break up reflects poorly on his regime.

Mariners - The Nintendo guy. The Mariners have reinvented themselves and turned one of the worst baseball markets into one of the best. Thing is, I've heard this owner has never come to watch his team play.

Minnesota Twins - Carl Pohlad. Evil jerk, tried to let his team get contracted. On the flip side, Pohlad has done a good job of hiring baseball people, and keeping them around even when struggling. Streak of three straight playoff trips bumps him onto the Conflicted list from the evil list.

Texas Rangers - Tom Hicks. Seems like he is trying hard, but incompetence may simply be his fate. On the otherhand, post A-Rod success for the Rangers may turn this situation around.

Too Little Time to tell:

Angels - Arte Moreno. Despite throwing millions of dollars at his new franchise, Moreno's six months or so of ownership are too soon to tell. Props to him for making the Angels more fan friendly.

Dodgers - Frank McCourt. Now in his third month of ownership, McCourt didn't get control of the Dodgers early enough to do anything more than change general managers. We will watch his development with great interest.

Forbes Franchise Values (MLB)

Information from ESPN.com Franchise Values.
February 6th, 2004
New York Yankees MLB George Steinbrenner $730 million
New York Mets MLB Fred Wilpon $482 million
Los Angeles Dodgers MLB News Corp. $435 million
Boston Red Sox MLB John Henry $426 million
Atlanta Braves MLB AOL/Time Warner $424 million
Seattle Mariners MLB Hiroshi Yamaguchi $373 million
Cleveland Indians MLB Larry Dolan $360 million
Texas Rangers MLB Tom Hicks $356 million
San Francisco Giants MLB Peter Magowan $355 million
Colorado Rockies MLB Jerry McMorris $347 million
Houston Astros MLB Drayton McLane $337 million
Baltimore Orioles MLB Peter Angelos $319 million
Chicago Cubs MLB Tribune Co. $287 million
Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Jerry Colangelo $280 million
St. Louis Cardinals MLB B. DeWitt/F. Hanser $271 million
Detroit Tigers MLB Michael Ilitch $262 million
Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Kevin McClatchy $242 million
Milwaukee Brewers MLB Bud Selig Trust $238 million
Philadelphia Phillies MLB B. Giles/D. Montgomery $231 million
Chicago White Sox MLB Jerry Reinsdorf $223 million
San Diego Padres MLB John Moores $207 million
Cincinnati Reds MLB Carl Lindner $204 million
Anaheim Angels MLB Walt Disney Co. $195 million
Toronto Blue Jays MLB Rogers Communications $182 million
Oakland Athletics MLB S. Schott/K. Hofman $157 million
Kansas City Royals MLB David Glass $152 million
Tampa Bay Devil Rays MLB Vincent Naimoli $142 million
Florida Marlins MLB Jeffrey Loria $137 million
Minnesota Twins MLB Carl Pohlad $127 million
Montreal Expos MLB Major League Baseball $108 million


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