It seems like all kinds of lists and rankings are being released today, including Forbes Magazine’s annual franchise valuations. The Mariners check in at No. 15, with Forbes estimating their value at $449 million, up 2 percent from last year (when they ranked 14th). According to Forbes, the average baseball franchise is now worth $523 million — though I should point out that MLB annually claims that Forbes figures are inaccurate.
Darren Rovell of CNBC presents the top 10 selling jerseys by players, as well as the top 10 teams by licensed product sales for 2010. Not surprisingly, the Yankees are at the top of both lists (Derek Jeter’s jersey being the top selling). The Mariners aren’t to be found on either; I thought Ichiro’s jersey might make it, but it didn’t. Tim Lincecum sneaked in at No. 10.
Baseball America comes out with their annual farm system rankings, with the Mariners placing at No. 18. Earlier this spring, Baseball Prospectus was kinder to Seattle, putting them at No. 13 in their organizational rankings. And Keith Law on ESPN had them at No. 10 (no link because subscription is required, but MLB Trade Rumors.com put together a handy-dandy spread sheet which places all three rankings side by side for comparison. Find the link here).
FanGraphs is in the midst of unveiling their organizational rankings this week, on a countdown from 30. They’ve reached No. 22 so far with no Mariners, so they’re at least in the top 21. But here’s their top 10 Mariner prospects list, released in January. And, just for the heck of it, here are the Mariner prospects rankings for Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America.
(I also wanted to call your attention to this heartbreaking story about former Mariner Chad Cordero, whose 3-month-old daughter died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in December. Here’s a followup blog post with some background on SIDS and the Corderos’ efforts to raise awareness.)