While we all wait for the return of Major League Baseball let this serve as a reminder that the business of baseball is still strong. Forbes released its annual franchise valuations on Thursday and 29 out of 30 teams are valued at least $1 billion. The top five isn’t surprising with the Yankees coming in at $5 billion and are followed by the Dodgers ($3.4B), Red Sox ($3.3B), Cubs ($3.2B) and Giants ($3.1B).
The Yankees, Nationals and Orioles all saw 9% growth year-over-year which was tops in the league. Miami is the only franchise valued at less than a billion but just missed it coming in at $980 million.
- Eno Sarris for The Athletic describes how tech and data are helping players train remotely.
- FanGraphs’ Tony Wolfe wonders if a shortened season could bring the return of the four-man rotation.
- Craig Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus highlights the many problems of Major League Baseball’s plan to have all 30 teams play games in Arizona.
- ESPN’s Jesse Rogers on the many obstacles that minor league baseball is facing in trying to salvage the 2020 season.
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- ESPN’s David Schoenfield compiles a list of each team’s most hyped prospect ever.