ESPN The Magazine tabs D-backs as 9th-best franchise among all sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been ranked ninth-best among 122 franchises across all four major sports and No. 2 franchise in Major League Baseball in ESPN the Magazine's Ultimate Standings issue currently available on newsstands. This marks the second time in the last three years that the D-backs have been ranked amongst the top 10 in all of sports. The franchise was also ranked No. 1 amongst all Phoenix-based sports franchises.
"It is an incredible honor to consistently be ranked among the top franchises in sports," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "I am particularly proud because this not only represents success on the field but off the field as well and we have great momentum heading into the 2016 season."
The rankings are based off results from fan surveys and financial analysis and focus on eight categories, including fan relations, affordability, "bang for the buck," stadium experience, players, ownership, title track and coaching. Last season, the D-backs ranked 30th overall and sixth among MLB franchises.
The success of the Arizona Diamondbacks franchise both on and off the field has led to numerous awards and honors, including being named the most affordable for families as part of Team Marketing Report's Fan Cost Index for nine consecutive years. The D-backs have also been recognized for workplace culture including being named among the "Best Places to Work" by the Phoenix Business Journal for nine consecutive years and BestCompaniesAZ for seven consecutive years from 2007-13. Earlier this year, the D-backs were tabbed as the No. 1 place to work in the state by Ranking Arizona.
The D-backs' community efforts are also among the best and have surpassed a total of $45 million in charitable giving since 1998. This season, the D-backs raised $1.6 million at Evening on the Diamond and already this season, the team has raised $1.5 million from its 50-50 Raffle held at each D-backs home game. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has also invested more than $1 million into the D-backs Give Back Jersey program and in 2015, outfitted 30,000 Arizona youth baseball and softball players.
On the field, the team has reached the postseason in five of its first 18 years in existence (29 percent), including a World Series Championship in 2001 in which the D-backs became the fastest expansion team to win a World Series Championship in Major League history. The D-backs also won division titles in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2011.