There is a club that stands out in the current status of major league club values announced by economic magazine Forbes on the 24th (Korean time).
It is the Los Angeles Angels, whose value has increased by 23% even though they have failed to advance to the postseason for 8 consecutive years. The Angels are valued at $2.7 billion, ranking 7th out of 30 teams. It rose 22.7% from last year’s $2.2 billion. The ranking also jumped two places from 9th place.
The rate of increase is fifth after the Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles. However, the top four teams can all find convincing boosters.
Seattle ranked 2nd in the AL West last year, entering fall baseball for the first time in 21 years since 2001, and the number of spectators increased by 88.1% compared to the previous year. Milwaukee failed to make the postseason last year, but was second in the NL Central and reflected the previous four years in a row they made the postseason.
Atlanta has played fall baseball for the last five years in a row, including winning the World Series in 2021, and last year surpassed 3 million spectators in 22 years. Baltimore, which is in the bottom half of the AL East, was ranked 4th in the district last year, but with an 83-79 win rate of over 50%, the number of spectators increased by 72.5%, showing a clear recovery trend.
However, the Angels failed to play fall baseball for eight consecutive years, finishing third in the AL West with 73 wins and 89 losses last year. It is only noticeable that the number of spectators increased by 62.1% from the previous year to 2.46 million, and sales increased by 12.1% to $ 371 million. Forbes calculates club value by classifying it into team performance, marketability of the hometown, baseball field income, and brand power.
In the end, it should be seen that the sharp increase in the value of the Angels was reflected in Shohei Ohtani’s two consecutive years of unprecedented pitching performance in history. This is the part that leads to brand power and baseball field income.먹튀검증
Ohtani has been officially proven to be the best baseball player in the world through the World Baseball Classic. In 2021, he won the unanimous MVP award and received attention. In the “2023 Player Rankings” announced by ESPN that day, Ohtani was proudly ranked first.
After announcing plans to sell the club last summer, Art Moreno, the owner of the Angels, hurriedly renewed Ohtani’s contract with Ohtani for $30 million before the end of the season. And in the offseason, Ohtani was declared non-tradeable. It was because he had to have Ohtani to raise the sale price.
However, in January, the owner of Moreno withdrew the sale plan. On the surface, it was said that it was because of the ‘love of baseball’, but considering that it had negotiated with at least 5 companies, it is common sense to assume that the sale price did not match. It is said that three of the companies, including a Japanese company, offered more than $2.42 billion for the New York Mets in 2020, the highest club sale ever. Moreno is said to have hoped for $3 billion. It must have been asking for the value of holding Ohtani. However, as Forbes’ club value came out at $2.7 billion, Moreno’s argument was strengthened.
Moreno bought the Angels from Walt Disney in May 2003 for $183.5 million. It is intended to be sold at a price that has increased by nearly 15 times.
Meanwhile, the first place in team value has been occupied by the New York Yankees for the 25th year. It is $7.1 billion, up 18% from last year. It was followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers ($4.8 billion), the Boston Red Sox ($4.5 billion), the Chicago Cubs ($4.1 billion), the San Francisco Giants ($3.7 billion), and the New York Mets ($2.9 billion).
At the bottom of the list is the Miami Marlins, which have a $1 billion valuation. Ohtani is expected to be treated at least $500 million in the free agent market this winter, but the value of the Miami club is less than twice that of a single player.