A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Billion Dollar Franchise?

1 New York Yankees - $1,200,000
2 New York Mets - $736,000
3 Boston Red Sox - $724,000
4 Los Angeles Dodgers - $632,000
5 Chicago Cubs - $592,000

The Mets are now the second most valuable baseball team trailing only the New York Yankees and post $100+ million gains in franchise value two seasons in a row. With two more great seasons of baseball and a new stadium in 2009, the Mets should blast through the $1 billion threshold. The Mets stand to gain a substantial amount of value from the new stadium alone and if they can manage to win a World Series and increase attendence closer to 4,000,000 fans through the gates, they could significantly close the gap with the Yankees, though not overtake them. The thing about the Mets is that they still have a lot of growing room while the Yankees growth should be slower.

The Mets have tons of growth potential in terms of team value while a team like the Red Sox, who are just coming off a World Series win in '04, have no room to increase revenues via attendance and no hope for new stadium. No one else is all that close to the Mets so both New York teams are going to be far and away more valuable in terms of franchise worth than any other team. In this market with their ability to make money, Wilpon is making a pretty penny on this team that he acquired sole ownership of in 2002 from Nelson Doubleday for $391.

Of course, the $1 billion mark is ho-hum for football teams. Five teams top that mark with another eight topping the $900 million mark. What is really interesting is how the first New York (but really New Jersey) team stops in at fifteenth!!!! That is just nuts. It really just goes to show you the disparity between baseball and football. I do understand why Football is viable in any market, but since I'm in baseball mode all the time, seeing an expansion team like the Texans and markets like Cleveland, Tampa Bay, and Kansas City over a New York team is just nuts and it really has little to do with team performance. The Giants do however have a new stadium on the horizon which could push them up to the $1 billion mark by the time it is completed, but as of now, the Mets are closing ground on them.

1 Washington Redskins - $1,423,000
2 New England Patriots - $1,176,000
3 Dallas Cowboys - $1,173,000
4 Houston Texans - $1,043,000
5 Philadelphia Eagles - $1,024,000
6 Denver Broncos - $975,000
7 Cleveland Browns - $970,000
8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - $955,000
9 Baltimore Ravens - $946,000
10 Chicago Bears - $945,000
11 Carolina Panthers - $936,000
12 Miami Dolphins - $912,000
13 Green Bay Packers- $911,000
14 Kansas City Chiefs - $894,000
15 New York Giants - $890,000
16 Seattle Seahawks- $888,000
17 Tennessee Titans - $886,000
18 Pittsburgh Steelers - $880,000
19 New York Jets - $876,000
20 St Louis Rams - $841,000
21 Detroit Lions - $839,000
22 Indianapolis Colts - $837,000
23 Cincinnati Bengals- $825,000
24 Arizona Cardinals - $789,000
25 Buffalo Bills - $756,000
26 Jacksonville Jaguars - $744,000
27 New Orleans Saints - $738,000
28 Oakland Raiders - $736,000
29 San Francisco 49ers - $734,000
30 San Diego Chargers - $731,000
31 Atlanta Falcons - $730,000
32 Minnesota Vikings - $720,000

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  • Jason Stark weighs in on Josh Hamilton in his latest chat:

    Steve (Columbus): Is Josh Hamilton this spring's second best story aside from A-Rod's recent resurgence?

    SportsNation Jayson Stark: I'm on record as saying Josh Hamilton is the best story in baseball, and I'm sticking to it. ARod has reconfigured his swing, Josh Hamilton has reconfigured his LIFE. He's been amazing. When he told me the story this spring of how he wore his uniform home from a game, walked into a Dairy Queen wearing it and then spread it out on the bed when he got home just to look at it, I had an urge to call Hollywood immediately. He's a walking argument for why people deserve second chances in life. And I can't believe all the fans who keep writing and blogging about how awful this is. Show some faith in the human spirit, gang.

    ...and Dave wins douchebag of the year...

    Dave (gainesville): Why is Josh Hamilton a great story? You're not supposed to do drugs, especially when you have a lot of talent and a career and something to work for. This story is a joke.

    SportsNation Jayson Stark: OK, I'm just going to post one of these. But I want to respond to folks like you. Do you know anything about this guy's story? He was the all-American boy growing up, literally. Helped rake the infield. Ran into the stands and kissed his grandmother. Loyal son. Great kid. Do I condone a guy who falls into a drug culture and wastes three years of his life? Heck, no. That's absurd. But do I recognize when a guy like that takes responsibility for changing his life, demands that we all hold him accountable for what he's done and everything he's going to do, and makes something of himself, we should be applauding, not just throwing "druggie" labels at him. He can be an inspiration to every kid who screwed up his life like that and thought there was no escape. Don't we WANT people in our world to follow his current example? This is a great story, Dave. And you're missing it.

  • We forgive people for their past transgressions. People are allowed to make mistakes and just because they do make them, does not mean they are bad people. I give credit to Stark for even answering this guy back because it did not even warrant a response.

  • Yes, I ignored the fact that the Mets played tonight.

  • Giving Credit When Credit Is Due

    A-Rod has taken a ton of crap over the past few years, but he is carrying the Yankees right now. I've witnessed two walk of bombs to center field including one with the bases juiced. He has a .351/.418/.965 line with five doubles, ten homers, and twenty six RBIs in fourteen games. That puts him on pace for 116 homers, 58 doubles, and 301 RBIs. Just let that sink in. Of course it will not last, but could he make a run at the homerun record this year? I think the answer is yes.

    A-Rod looks completely relaxed right now and appears to be....brace yourself...having fun. A relaxed A-Rod without crazy booing coming his way is dangerous for opposing teams. You also have to give credit to him as a person with the daily curtain calls and you can imagine what is really going through his head. I'm sure he would prefer to give the finger rather than tip his cap, but he's on cloud nine right now.

    He will always be a jackass and him doing good helps the Yankees win, but I am pulling for the guy. Also, the bigger the year he has the less likely he'll be a Yankee in '08. With the numbers he'll put up this year, he'll be able to reel in a crazy contract that will take him to when he is 40 years old. He can opt out of his current contract and say he is looking to gain security (not monetary, but more so knowing where he'll reside) and he can say he 100% wants to be a Yankee. However, when they don't show as much love as some other teams are likely to show, he walks and does not look so bad.

    My prediction? The Giants. They are going to use Bonds' money on A-Rod and need to bolster their offense big time and they do not have many other avenues to do it and probably cannot pass up an offensive player of his ilk. A-Rod will be adored and will get to stay away from Yankee stadium other than every third year. It just makes sense.

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  • Beltran is a beast...the Mets rotation is tight. Oh, and Reyes with two walks? This is going to be one fuuuuun season. Lastly, Castro can rake. Really, I'm intrigued to see what he could do over the course of an entire season. Would he get exposed? I don't think he would in this lineup.

  • Wedge was crazy for not walking A-Rod with first base open when he hit the aforementioned game winning jack. He is ridiculously hot and your pitcher seemed amped up. I would have taken my chances with the next guy.

  • Next week should be some regular stuff and hopefully of some substance. I've put forth, weak, weak, weak performances lately.
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    Tuesday, April 17, 2007

    Golden Farce

    John (New York, NY): Do you agree with other analysts that Derek Jeter's defense is overrated? With the number of errors he's made so far this year, it seems like everyone's jumping off the bandwagon.

    SportsNation Joe Morgan: I would not put myself in that group. First off, as a middle infielder, shortstop is the most difficult position to play on the field. Any lapse of concentration or injury can throw you off. I think with Jeter, he's been losing his concentration recently, but I expect him to get out of it. Middle infield demands that you have your highest confidence at all times, so a few errors can throw you off. I won't say someone's overrated because I don't see him every day. Obviously, if he's won 3 consecutive Gold Gloves, he has to be pretty good.

    Joe Morgan definitely gets the most boring chat award. The guy took one issue head on (albeit in interesting one) and was just a bore otherwise. I could have predicted just about everything he said, but this one particularly annoyed me. Let's just look at that last part again...

    I think with Jeter, he's been losing his concentration recently, but I expect him to get out of it. Middle infield demands that you have your highest confidence at all times, so a few errors can throw you off.

    Oh. Well, you are a Hall of Famer and you must be watching him regularly to make such an assertion.

    I won't say someone's overrated because I don't see him every day. Obviously, if he's won 3 consecutive Gold Gloves, he has to be pretty good.

    You appear to watch him enough to say that you think he has been losing his concentration, but Hall of Famer Joe Morgan cannot properly assess his fielding prowess? Then he uses the fact that he has three Gold Gloves to bolster some case for Jeter? The issue with the entire thing is in his second to last sentence. Most of the people voting do not watch these guys on a daily basis and cannot make a proper judgment. During my senior year of high school, it was time to vote for superlatives in the yearbook and the committee was trying to fill as many pages as possible so they included singing amongst other useless ones (even more useless than the standard ones). One major problem. Nobody actually knew who could or could not sing and since most people knew that I played guitar, I won.

    Of course, it was stricken from the yearbook since it was a farce, but that is basically how I see the Gold Glove voting happening. People really do not know who is the better fielder when there is no a standout (like an Omar Vizquel) and just go with whomever they is having a nice year and say, "he's having a good year at the plate, he must be fielding well to". But even when someone was a standout and they are past their prime, they get voted in 'just because'. I actually think it is an inside joke that Greg Maddux keeps winning Gold Gloves on the mound because it is practically impossible to even pick a winner at that position. There are plenty of pitchers that field their position with aplomb and you will not find many actually getting dirty or diving, which is one way I guess they could separate themselves from the pack.

    I should just check it off as being irrelevant, but as Rob Neyer pointed out, in twenty years people will not remember Jeter was actually not Gold Glove worthy in the field. They'll remember the fact that he was a great offensive player and must have been a great fielder as evidenced by his three (and counting) Gold Gloves. In a way, it mars history because there are inconsistencies and untruths being left behind. Of course you can extend that as to the reason steroids are vehemently disliked by mankind when it comes to baseball, but I cannot prove much about illegal substances and how much they have changed the game vs. just the game progressing. However, I don't need any magical eight ball to tell me Jeter is simply not a premium defender and I could tell you with certainty his glove will be part of his legacy.

    Coincidently, Jerry Crasnick wrote a piece on Adam Everett being the short stop of the universe and had some comments about Jetes.

    The findings, released last year in "The Fielding Bible," are a testament to Everett's skill. From 2003 through 2005, he received an aggregate rating of plus-76, compared to a minus-64 for the Yankees' Derek Jeter. Bill James examined the disparity in a 4½-page essay in Dewan's book and concluded that Jeter can't carry Everett's jock, never mind his glove, as a defender.

    In the end, I guess it all bothers me because I want there to be more to the Gold Glove. I don't want Vizquel to win it until he dies just because of his reputation. I honestly do not see him enough to know if he is better than Jose Reyes, but I would certainly hope that Reyes doesn't need to have a 30/30 season to win the Gold Glove. I would hope that if Reyes was the best, he would win it. Likewise I would hope that if Everett was the best, he would win it. Right now, it seems to be a joke with some of the winners these days. Do they get it right sometimes? Of course, but sometimes the mark is missed by miles.

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  • This was actually a pretty good issue to touch upon.

    Shawn in Philly: Do you really believe the lack of African-American players in the game is a "crisis"? Does it matter how many there are in the league as long as the opportunity is there? To me, the real problem is the lack of African-Americans in front office positions.

    SportsNation Joe Morgan: Of all the people I've listened to about this percentage, you have the right understanding. I cannot find it in my heart to blame MLB for the percentages. The opportunity is there. Players are making a choice to go to the NBA or the NFL. If baseball wants to try to help persuade them to go that way, that's great, but it's not baseball's fault. Football is 70 percent African-American and basketball is 80 percent African-American. All those athletes are not playing baseball. I agree fully that the problem is in the front office and in the management, but if you do not have African-American players, where are the managers going to come from? They have brought people into the front office who have graduated from Harvard, but not African-Americans who have graduated from Harvard. You have guys who get two, three chances, but a guy like Cito Gaston, Dusty Baker, Don Baylor, Lloyd McClendon, Davey Lopes, Jerry Manuel who don't get as many chances. Yet a aguy like Phil Garner, who lost in Milwaukee and Detroit, found a good team in Houston. Not to pick on him, but the opportunity isn't there. Only Frank Robinson has managed more than three different teams; Cleveland, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Washington. You have a very good understanding of what I see as the problem.

    First, it's not necessarily a problem that African-Americans are not running towards baseball by the droves. Everyone has a choice as to which sports they choose to participate in and baseball is not one that appeals to many inner city kids. It could be the lack of fields, equipment, or enough people willing to play whereas with basketball, you need one hoop and one ball. Not even a person necessarily. Though Major League Baseball has the choice to try and open the game up to inner-city kids via their RBI program, that is really not the issue according to Joe Morgan and I tend to agree with him there.

  • Reyes stealing successfully on a pitch out.....and it wasn't close.
    1st and 2nd with no outs and Valentin and Reyes turn a gorgeous double play with an especially amazing turn by Reyes to get out of the way of a sliding Rowan.
    Pat Burrel's inability to run down a Beltran RBI double that many other people could have gotten to.
    Alou going deep twice in a harsh wind that kept everyone in check.
    Alou's sliding catch to save a run to end the 6th.
    The Phillies are sitting in last with less wins the vaunted Nationals and a horrible bullpen.

    What the Philly fans saw first hand after a delusional couple months heading into the season is that the Mets are tight all around and their Phillies are not. The two teams are not in the same league.

  • Rob Neyer's latest column was chock full 'o good stuff. Very bloggy stuff and I hope he does more like this.
    • "There's a bunch of humans out here, but to Manny, he's the only human." ~ Julian Tavarez
    • He linked to this Uni Watch Blog post about the 42-a-thon on Sunday. Really awesome stuff and you have to painstakingly go through all of the pictures. Just a side note, I loved the idea of everyone wearing 42 and Randolph gets the douchebag award of the day by not letting Damion Easley wear it as well (at least that is what I heard or remembered reading or maybe even dreamed up).
    • Fascinating piece in the N.Y. Times about "fight money" in Japan, whereby players can receive nice little cash bonuses, or occasionally "stuffed animals and sets of towels." Gee, I hope nobody tells Johan Santana; we thought the Yankees' big money would be enticing.
    There were more solid tidbits and I hope he keeps putting out more bloggy type posts.

  • I'm not going back to review the multitude of news I missed, but I will say I'm sufficiently done with this rain. Between ruining what was almost a historic tailgating event for reasons I care not get into and making it a pain in the ass to get to work being all of North Jersey is flooded, I'm done. I spent too much of the day looking at The Four Seasons in Costa Rica and if it does not get nice soon (this weekend might be pretty ridiculous), I might be moving. This is baseball season and I'm ready for baseball weather.
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