MLB: Lew Wolff and the 5 Worst Team Owners

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MLB: Lew Wolff and the 5 Worst Team Owners
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Oakland Athletics owner, Lew Wolff

To most people, it would be presumed that baseball owners do not have such a difficult job. After all, their business is a baseball team. The ownership can be viewed as work but is more visualized as just a really awesome fantasy. 

And that’s essentially how the fans perceive the wealthy men who whimsically dump their exorbitant amount of disposable income on a sports franchise. These principal owners simply have the means to put into a sports team. But does that make them truly good business owners? 

Obviously not. 

True, some of them are heavily involved with the performance of the team, from its players, personnel and coaching staff, and also the behind-the-scenes business side, including the marketing, community development and branding. But no one would argue that all of the owners have the best business know-how when it comes to running a baseball organization. 

In fact, some of these men are renown for how they have managed to screw up such a dream situation. There has been a lot of upheaval with a few select ball clubs in the MLB. The past couple of years have seen several franchises reach the nadir in their respective histories—which is saying a lot, given the length of time some teams have been in existence.

Here are the five worst owners in Major League Baseball.


NOTE: This list does not take into account the management of the Houston Astros, who were sold to a new ownership group just last December.

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