Which MLB Franchise Do You Most Respect?

By most respect, I don’t mean the franchise you most want to win, or the one with the most wins and losses, or the one with the most World Series titles, but the franchise that you think is the best overall model for the other 29 franchises to follow. Maybe you respect the Yankees, not just because of their 27 World Series titles, but because they’re always willing to spend the money needed to remain competitive and give their fans playoff teams to root for. Or the Cardinals for having a solid organizational plan, being consistently competitive, and honoring their former greats. Or the A’s for continuing to field very good teams despite their low budgets, playing in a second-tier stadium, and being the less-glamorous team in their market. Or the Rays for simply surviving in Tampa. Four examples of why a team might have the most respect, and obviously there are other reasons and other criteria available. This idea could apply to both a franchise’s history and to its current operation.

I think the Giants deserve the most respect, mostly because they didn’t take taxpayer money to build their new stadium, yet don’t have enormous prices for their tickets. The Giants also went through their decades of title-less seasons before 2010 without creating an identity based on that streak, and have some of the best hitters ever and honor those hitters. They’re not the team I root for the most, but they’re interesting, they’re one of the founding West Coast franchises, and their overall personality right now is one of the best fits for their city you’ll find in MLB.

I asked this question a while ago at Seamheads.com, where people named the Cardinals, and at a chat site, Baseball-Fever.com, where answers were more varied.

Published in: Uncategorized on March 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. I have to agree with you about the Giants. If I was a Giants fan, I don’t see how I could be happier with them. The Cardinals have also been a great organization for a long time. Yanks are in transition in a lot of ways. I’m not sure I’d be as happy with them today as a fan as I would have been under Papa Steinbrenner.
    I can tell you that as a Mets fan, I could definitely be happier with the way the organization is run. I’d give them a 6 out of 10 right now.

  2. I’m a lifelong dyed-in-the-wool Angels fan, but I’d have to say the Cardinals. A very classy organization that remembers its history and reveres its heroes (Stan The Man, Gibby, McGwire). Once you’re a Cardinal you’re always a Cardinal.

    I’d put the Twins a close second, and I’ll even forgive them for having the Angels for lunch back in the day. Another classy organization that finds room for its heroes. Guys like Hrbek and Brunansky are still involved with them last I looked, and they took care of Killebrew and Puckett. Don’t know how they did it, but they always found a way to win (except for the past couple of years) despite a nonexistent payroll, playing in the snow or inside the Goodyear blimp, Calvin Griffith and all that talk of contraction a few years ago.

    You won’t hear much trash talk from Minnesota or St. Louis, just solid baseball and usually winning teams despite their small markets.

  3. As a Cardinal fan, of course I lean that way, but I wouldn’t argue much about the Giants either. I think along with that you’d have to put the Rays into the mix. They may not have the tradition that the other teams have, but we’ve seen them be consistently good with much less resources and a minimum (though not non-existent) whining.

  4. New York Yankees….given!

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