Power Ranking Every MLB Owner from Worst to First

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

Power Ranking Every MLB Owner from Worst to First

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    I'm not going to sit here and say that owners of Major League Baseball teams should continue to invest in their clubs if they are losing money year after year, but perhaps those gentleman are in the wrong line of work.

    For while baseball is most certainly big business, owners, whether they like it or not, do have a responsibility to the fans. They have a responsibility to put a quality product on the field—one that is entertaining to watch, easy to cheer for and, in the best-case scenario, a perennial contender for a spot in the playoffs.

    Some owners get it. They put revenue back into the team in hopes of at least maintaining their current level of success, while also hoping that their new investments will pay off with postseason success and a run at World Series championship.

    Other owners can't get past the big business aspect of it all, refusing to spend more than the bare minimum as long as their accountants continue to show them that they are coming out ahead at the end of each fiscal year.

    Of the 30 principal owners in the league, who comes out as the best of the bunch?

    Taking attendance figures, payroll and, of course, on-field success into consideration, let's take a look at how the owners in Major League Baseball compare with one another.

30. Fred and Jeff Wilpon, New York Mets

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    Principal Owner Since: 1986*

    Wild-Card Berths: 2 (1999, 2000)

    Division Titles: 3 (1986, 1988, 2006)

    NL Pennants: 2 (1986, 2000)

    World Series Championships: 1 (1986)

     

    Others will stake their claim to the title, but Fred and Jeff Wilpon may be the most reviled owners in baseball.

    They play in the biggest market in the world, yet needed to take out loans from MLB to make payroll; they built a shrine to the Brooklyn Dodgers (Citi Field), completely ignoring the history of their own team until the fans got a chance to see it and demanded changes; and the team was simply not something that even the most die-hard Mets fan could watch in the second half of the 2012 season.

    Throw in that the team hasn't won a World Series in 26 years and that financial constraints won't allow any substantial changes happen this winter, and you've got the worst owners in baseball.

    Did I mention that this a team—one with its own television network and that plays in the biggest market in the world—that is on an austerity budget for the second straight season?

     

    *Wilpon bought a one percent stake in the club in 1980. That increased to 50 percent in 1986, with Nelson Doubleday owning the other half. He then bought Doubleday out in 2002.

29. David Glass, Kansas City Royals

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    Principal Owner Since: 2000

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 0

    AL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Under David Glass' "leadership," the Royals have never made the playoffs.

    Their payroll has consistently shrunk; they don't spend money on the quality free agents that the team needs to compete, in spite of having as good a core of young talent on offense as you can find in the league; and he's basically taken one of the most successful teams of the 1980s and run it into the ground.

    All this while taking the money the team gets from revenue sharing and, as far as anyone can tell, simply stuffing it into his pockets. And while that is his right, it's just not what's right for the Royals.

28. Larry Dolan, Cleveland Indians

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    Principal Owner Since: 2000

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 2 (2001, 2007)

    AL Pennants: 0 

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Under Larry Dolan's stewardship, the Indians traded the Cy Young Award winner the year after he won the award not once, but two years in a row: CC Sabathia in 2008 and Cliff Lee in 2009.

    Instead of spending money on even a mediocre everyday right-handed bat that Manny Acta could put into his lineup, Dolan allowed for the signing of Johnny Damon—a player who had far outlived his usefulness as an everyday option in a major league lineup.

    Speaking of Major League, I'd argue that fictional Indians owner Rachel Philips is more beloved than Dolan in Cleveland these days.

    For those wondering, yes—Larry Dolan is the uncle of yet another awful owner, James Dolan, who has both the New York Knicks and New York Rangers under his control.

27. Robert Nutting, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Principal Owner Since: 2007

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 0

    NL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    To his credit, Bob Nutting has done some good things as the owner of the Pirates, like building a Pirates training academy in the Dominican Republic, adding a Single-A affiliate in Florida and rebuilding Pirate City, the team's spring training complex.

    He's added to the payroll via trade, acquiring Wandy Rodriguez and A.J. Burnett (though the Yankees paid a large portion of the money owed to Burnett), and the team has shown positive signs in each of the past two seasons before collapsing in the second half of the season.

    But the Pirates themselves continue to lose. In fact, 2012 marked the 20th consecutive season that the team finished the regular season under .500 and, obviously, without a playoff berth. Until that changes, Nutting will continue to be buried near the bottom of the barrel.

26. Peter Angelos, Baltimore Orioles

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    Principal Owner Since: 1993

    Wild-Card Berths: 2 (1996, 2012)

    Division Titles: 1 (1997)

    AL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Things are certainly looking up for the Orioles, but the credit that owner Peter Angelos can take for the team's turnaround in 2012 starts and ends with the hiring of Buck Showalter. Showalter gets the credit for the on-field product.

    2012 marked the first winning season in Baltimore in 15 years.

    If Angelos opens the team's coffers to allow for the signing of a front-of-the-rotation arm, it will go a long way towards improving his rank among his contemporaries in the sport.

25. Jeffrey Loria, Miami Marlins

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    Principal Owner Since: 2001

    Wild-Card Berths: 1 (2003)

    Division Titles: 0

    NL Pennants: 1 (2003)

    World Series Championships: 1 (2003)

     

    He spends money—as evidenced by his signings of Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle prior to the 2012 season—but Jeffrey Loria was also at the helm of the Marlins' firesale after the 2005 season in an attempt to shed payroll as he tried to get Miami-Dade County to help finance a new stadium for the Marlins.

    He pulled a similar stunt when he owned the Montreal Expos in 2000. And while he's only being ranked on his tenure with the Marlins, it would be disingenuous to not mention the Expos debacle.

    Loria is also one of the worst offenders of pocketing money from revenue sharing. Pieces published by Deadspin and Yahoo! Sports in 2010 both show that Loria attempted to hide profits while getting taxpayers to pick up more of the tab on the team's new stadium.

    If there was a poster boy for everything that fans disliked about ownership—greed, dishonesty and profits above all else—it's Loria

24. Charlie and Dick Monfort, Colorado Rockies

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    Principal Owner Since: 2005*

    Wild-Card Berths: 2 (2007,2009)

    Division Titles: 0

    NL Pennants: 1 (2007)

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    The Rockies have had relatively recent success in the playoffs, and their two best players—shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez—are signed to long-term contracts.

    But 2012 was a disastrous season on the field, topped off only by the team's bizarre decision to go with a four-man rotation. And that decision could be followed up by an even more bizarre decision: hiring current bench player Jason Giambi as the team's manager (h/t Denver Post) for the 2013 season, as he's set to interview for the job later on Friday.  

    Until some semblance of normalcy returns around the club, both with an experienced major league manager and the addition of the pitching pieces that the team desperately needs, Charlie and Dick Monfort will continue to rank in the lower tier of MLB owners.

     

    *Charlie Monfort bought into the team in 1992, but he and his brother didn't take full control of the team until a decade later.

23. Jim Crane, Houston Astros

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    Principal Owner Since: 2011

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 0

    NL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    It's difficult to fairly grade Jim Crane as the Astros' owner considering the mess of a team that he bought from Drayton McLane prior to the start of the 2012 season.

    With the team in the midst of a long rebuilding process—and with their move to the American League—it might be quite some time before we see how Crane truly operates.

    Allowing general manager Jeff Luhnow to make the necessary moves of unloading the high-priced contracts of Brett Myers, Carlos Lee and Wandy Rodriguez was a good start.

22. Liberty Media/John Malone, Atlanta Braves

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    Principal Owner Since: 2007

    Wild-Card Berths: 2 (2010, 2012)

    Division Titles: 0

    NL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Back in 2002, the Braves had a payroll of just over $93 million, the seventh highest in baseball (h/t USA Today).

    A decade later, the payroll is at $83 million, 16th in the league and essentially the same payroll the team has had since 2010.

    The fact that Atlanta continues to be successful on the field is more a testament to manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren than it is to the ownership, who clearly are not interested in going above the mid-$80 million level.

    That certainly doesn't bode well for the team's chances of retaining CF Michael Bourn or being a player for the major free agents on this year's market.

21. Ken Kendrick, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Principal Owner Since: 2004

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 2 (2007, 2011)

    NL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Ken Kendrick isn't a bad owner, but he's a hands-on guy and one who doesn't hesitate to speak his mind to the press—something that's perhaps not always the best idea.

    Frustrated with the team's performance after he raised payroll before the season, he criticized former shortstop Stephen Drew and current right fielder Justin Upton back in June, questioning the shortstop's real motivation for not coming back from injury and whether or not Upton was a long-term answer in Arizona (h/t Arizona Central).

    Earlier this month, he took a shot at the team's top pitching prospect, Trevor Bauer, potentially damaging his trade value should the team look to move him in a deal this winter (h/t Fox Sports).

    Perhaps allowing his baseball people to deal with how the club is constructed would lead to more success for the 2001 World Series champions.

20. Ron Fowler, San Diego Padres

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    Principal Owner Since: 2012

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 0

    NL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Ron Fowler is the head of the O'Malley group (of Los Angeles Dodgers fame), who bought stability to the Padres ownership situation for the first time in years.

    Fowler and company wasted little time in making their presence known, working out multi-year extensions with both right fielder Carlos Quentin and closer Huston Street—something that most people thought to be an impossible feat only a few weeks earlier.

    With a renewed focus on improving the club, Fowler has the Padres headed in the right direction. Increased success on the field will lead to a higher ranking for the new bosses in Southern California.

19. Tom Ricketts, Chicago Cubs

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    Principal Owner Since: 2009

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 0

    NL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    After two years of futility and allowing Jim Hendry to run things, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts did the best thing he could do to change the fortunes of this once proud franchise: He brought in someone with a track record of rebuilding franchises, Theo Epstein, and handed him the keys to the kingdom.

    It might take a few years before the Cubs see results on the field, but the team is finally in good hands and headed in the right direction.

18. Jim Pohlad, Minnesota Twins

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    Principal Owner Since: 2009*

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 0

    AL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Minnesota has a new stadium, has no threats of relocation or contraction hanging over its head and has a solid nucleus of young talent working its way through their farm system—including 2012 first round pick Byron Buxton.

    While the Twins had a disappointing 2012 season, finishing 30 games under .500 and 22 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, owner Jim Pohlad is not interested in remaining a doormat for long. As he told John Shipley of the Pioneer Press at the end of July:

    Well, it's time to build, for sure. We can't deny it. We've got pretty close to the worst record in baseball; that's not a good position. You can't just sit there and say, 'No, that's wrong.'

    Maybe you could say that last year because there were a lot of weird things happening, but this year, no. We definitely have to build -- build. I don't know if you use the term 'rebuild,' but we clearly have to build.

    Whether that means that the Twins will be players on the free agent market this winter remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: Under Jim Pohlad's watch, the losing won't continue for long—and that's an excellent sign for Twins fans who long for the team's return to prominence.

     

    *Jim's father, Carl, was the Twins' owner from 1984 up until his death until 2009. So the team has been in the Pohlad family for nearly 30 years.

17. Ted Lerner, Washington Nationals

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    Principal Owner Since: 2006

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 1 (2012)

    NL Pennants: 0 

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    After years of building and waiting, the Nationals put it all together in 2012, finishing the season with the best record in baseball and as the No. 1 seed in the National League playoffs.

    As we know, though, that ultimately meant nothing, as the Nationals fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games—which only reopened the debate of whether or not general manager Mike Rizzo made the right decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg when he did.

    Rizzo took any blame off of owner Ted Lerner's shoulders in comments he made to ESPN back in August. But the fact remains that Lerner is the one who signs the checks and the man who Rizzo ultimately answers to.

    Lerner could have asserted himself, but he was already on board with the plan before the season even started. According to John Feinstein of the Washington Post, Scott Boras told Lerner, "You better sign Edwin Jackson because we have this plan for Stephen Strasburg..."

    So Lerner told Rizzo to get Jackson under contract, and he went along with Boras' ultimate plan.

    While the Nationals should remain a contender for years to come, nothing is for sure.

    How Lerner handles strengthening the Nationals' roster this winter will go a long way towards improving his rank among the other owners in the game.

16. Rogers Communications, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Principal Owner Since: 2000

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 0

    AL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    While the Toronto Blue Jays have been unable to return to the days when they were winning consecutive World Series titles in the early '90s, the team is well positioned for the future with a phenomenal general manager in Alex Anthopoulos and, at least for now, an excellent manager in John Farrell.

    Coming off of a season in which the team's pitching staff was decimated by injuries, the Blue Jays find themselves sitting with the deepest farm system in baseball.

    With a chance to add pieces either via free agency or by moving some of their prospects for established major league talent, the future looks bright in Toronto. Although, they are in what figures to be baseball's toughest division in 2013: the AL East.

15. Lew Wolff, Oakland A's

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    Principal Owner Since: 2005

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 2 (2006, 2012)

    AL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    It's true that Lew Wolff agreed to sign Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36 million deal his winter, but that's the real extent of the "big ticket items" that have come to the A's during his time as owner.

    Oakland's success lies in Billy Beane's ability to find inexpensive talent, whether it be via trade or as an inexpensive free agent signing. Although, as the Associated Press' Janie McCauley reports, Beane says he'll have a bigger budget to work with heading into 2013:

    More Beane: "I can say unequivocally the payroll will be going up." #Athletics ended yr w/MLB-low $59.5 million. Wants to keep '12 momentum.

    — Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) October 21, 2012

    Perhaps if Wolff were to focus a bit more on the on-field product and a bit less on his continued efforts to move the team from Oakland to San Jose, the A's would have finished above .500 more than four times in the eight years that he's owned the club.

14. Hiroshi Yamauchi (Nintendo), Seattle Mariners

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    Principal Owner Since: 1992

    Wild-Card Berths: 1 (2000)

    Division Titles: 3 (1995, 1997, 2001)

    AL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    It's a bit odd when a team's owner has never seen his team play in person. But that's the case with Hiroshi Yamauchi, the former head of Nintendo, who passed on the chance to see his team in action when the Mariners took on the Oakland A's in Japan to start the 2012 regular season. 

    It's because of Yamauchi and Nintendo's dedication to the team that the Mariners remained in Seattle. And while it's not been a major player in free agency, the team has invested wisely in the draft and player development, giving the Mariners a number of prospects who are going to make an impact sooner rather than later.

13. Mark Walter, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Principal Owner Since: 2012

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 0

    NL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Mark Walter is the "official" principal owner of the Dodgers, who were sold to a group that included Walter and former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson during the 2012 season.

    The new owners wasted little time making their presence felt in Los Angeles, inking right fielder Andre Ethier to a multi-year extension and adding nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in salary with the blockbuster trade they made with the Boston Red Sox in August.

    Things are looking up for the Dodgers for the fist time in a long time. With the McCourt family circus behind them, the once-proud franchise is poised to return to the company of baseball's elite franchises.

12. Robert Castellini, Cincinnati Reds

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    Principal Owner Since: 2005

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 2 (2005, 2010)

    NL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Unlike his predecessor, the late Marge Schott, Bob Castellini is more interested in seeing the Reds win than he is in being the center of attention, somehow managing to not make offensive statements about his own players or allow his dog to take care of business on the field.

    Castellini's determination to see the Reds hoist the World Series trophy once again is evident by the moves that have been made on his watch, whether it be locking up his best players with contract extensions or retaining the services of his manager.

11. Mark Attanasio, Milwaukee Brewers

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    Principal Owner Since: 2005

    Wild-Card Berths: 1 (2008)

    Division Titles: 1 (2011)

    NL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Milwaukee ranked 18th in attendance when Mark Attanasio took over the club in 2005, drawing just over 2.2 million fans to watch the Brewers play in person.

    Since then, both numbers have steadily improved. The Brewers now average close to three million fans per year and are a perennial contender for a top-10 spot in the league—a testament to the fan experience Attanasio provides, as well as the on-field product he's allowed his people to construct.

    It's true that the Brewers play in a small market, but you'll never hear Attanasio bemoan the fact that the team can't afford to compete with teams in bigger markets. He's willing to spend money, as evidenced by the rumored $100 million deal he signed off on (h/t MLB.com) for Zack Greinke this past season—a deal Greinke declined.

    There's nothing not to like about the Brewers' owner. He has made the team relevant once again, and he's intent on seeing the club in the postseason on a yearly basis.

10. Bill Neukom, San Francisco Giants

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    Principal Owner Since: 2008

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 2 (2010, 2012)

    NL Pennants: 1 (2010)

    World Series Championships: 1 (2010)

     

    Two years after Bill Neukom took control of the team, the Giants won the World Series. And they have a chance to make that two World Series appearances in five seasons under Neukom's watch in 2012.

    Neukom spends money when needed, allows GM Brian Sabean to make the moves that he believes give the Giants the best chance to win and AT&T Park is constantly packed.

    During his run as owner, the Giants have finished no lower than ninth in attendance. And they've been no lower than fourth in each of the past two seasons.

9. David Montgomery, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Principal Owner Since: 1981

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 7 (1983, 1993, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

    NL Pennants: 4 (1983, 1993, 2008, 2009)

    World Series Championships: 1 (2008)

     

    It's only in the past decade that David Montgomery put the pieces in place that make the Phillies one of the best run teams in baseball.

    With a quality management team, the Phillies won five consecutive division crowns from 2007 through 2011. Montgomery doesn't shy away from spending money either, signing off on lucrative, long-term deals to bring in and retain top talent on the field.

8. Mike Ilitch, Detroit Tigers

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    Principal Owner Since: 1992

    Wild-Card Berths: 1 (2006)

    Division Titles: 2 (2011, 2012)

    AL Pennants: 2 (2006, 2012)

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    After more than a decade of paying far more attention to his other professional sports franchise, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, something changed for Mike Ilitch.

    He's decided that money is no obstacle in putting a winning team on the field and bringing a World Series championship back to the Motor City for the first time in nearly 20 years. And that's resulted in the Tigers landing in the top half of attendance figures in MLB since 2006.

    He's also given GM Dave Dombrowski the ability to bring in high-priced talent (see Prince Fielder) while keeping the elite talent that the team has (see Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander) in a Tigers uniform for years to come.

7. Jerry Reinsdorf, Chicago White Sox

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    Principal Owner Since: 1981

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 5 (1983, 1993, 2000, 2005, 2008)

    AL Pennants: 1 (2005)

    World Series Championships: 1 (2005)

     

    A sure-fire way to not endear yourself to fans is to threaten to move a team (h/t Milwaukee Sentinel) out of its current city less than five years into your run as owner. Jerry Reinsdorf threatened to move his back in 1985 unless the team got a new ballpark built to replace iconic but aging Comiskey Park. 

    Six years later, the new Comiskey Park (U.S. Cellular Field) opened for business, and the White Sox remain on the south side of Chicago.

    The White Sox consistently have one of the top 10 highest payrolls in baseball, though their attendance figures consistently put them in the bottom half of the game. Yet Reinsdorf continues to spend money in an attempt to bring a World Series championship back to Chicago for the second time in less than a decade.

6. Stuart Sternberg, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Principal Owner Since: 2005

    Wild-Card Berths: 1 (2011)

    Division Titles: 2 (2008, 2010)

    AL Pennants: 1 (2008)

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    It took owner Stuart Sternberg two years to get the management in place to turn around the franchise's fortunes. But since 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays have finished above .500 every season and made the playoffs three times, all while having one of the lowest payrolls in the game and competing with the Red Sox and Yankees on a yearly basis.

    Since 2008, Tampa Bay has never finished higher than 22nd in attendance. And in 2012, they drew fewer fans to Tropicana Field than any other team in the game.

    Yet the Rays continue to win—a testament to Sternberg's belief in GM Andrew Friedman and the team's ability to invest in player development and the draft, constantly re-stocking the major league roster with quality, inexpensive talent to replace the established players who leave for bigger paydays elsewhere.

5. Bill DeWitt Jr., St. Louis Cardinals

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    Principal Owner Since: 1995

    Wild-Card Berths: 3 (2001, 2011, 2012)

    Division Titles: 7 (1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009)

    NL Pennants: 3 (2004, 2006, 2011)

    World Series Championships: 2 (2006, 2011)

     

    Sure, St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. didn't re-sign Albert Pujols, but that wasn't for a lack of trying. The Cardinals reportedly offered their slugging first baseman a 10-year deal in excess of $200 million before he left for the American League and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  

    The loss of Pujols hasn't negatively impacted things in St. Louis, as the team sits one game away from returning to the World Series for the second season in a row. 

    DeWitt gives his management the resources needed to consistently put a winning team on the field, and the fans respond by consistently packing Busch Stadium year after a year.

    With a farm system that is well-stocked and features some prospects with huge ceilings, the Cardinals are poised to remain among baseball's elite teams for years to come.

4. John Henry, Boston Red Sox

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    Principal Owner Since: 2002

    Wild-Card Berths: 5 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)

    Division Titles: 1 (2007)

    AL Pennants: 2 (2004, 2007)

    World Series Championships: 2 (2004, 2007)

     

    John Henry made 1918 a number that Red Sox fans couldn't care less about, and that alone makes him one of the five best owners in baseball.

    Under his watch, the Red Sox have consistently been a legitimate World Series contender, 2012 aside.

    It's that 2012 season, though, with the Bobby Valentine fiasco and the way that Theo Epstein was ushered out of Boston, that knocks Henry down a spot on this list. But all things considered, there's little to complain about.

3. Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, New York Yankees

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    Principal Owner Since: 2009*

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 3 (2009, 2011, 2012)

    AL Pennants: 1 (2009)

    World Series Championships: 1 (2009)

     

    Joe Girardi might be looking for a new job after the New York Yankees' most recent playoff collapse were Hal and Hank Steinbrenner's late father, George, still in charge. But The Boss's sons have more restraint than their boisterous father.

    That being said, they continue to expect nothing less than a World Series appearance on a yearly basis. And while ticket prices at the new Yankee Stadium has forced the most ardent Yankees fans to either the upper deck, bleachers or to stay at home, the team remains one of the biggest draws in the sport.

     

    *The Yankees have been in the Steinbrenner family since 1973. While George Steinbrenner remained the official owner until 2009, there is quite a bit of speculation as to when the transition from "The Boss" to his children truly began.

2. Arte Moreno, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    Principal Owner Since: 2003

    Wild-Card Berths: 0

    Division Titles: 5 (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)

    AL Pennants: 0

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    Under Arte Moreno's watch, the Los Angeles Angels have been a playoff contender and one of the biggest draws in the game on a yearly basis.

    Moreno isn't shy about spending money to improve the club, whether it be through free agency (Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson) or adding salary via trade (Vernon Wells), though the latter move didn't quite work out as all parties involved had hoped that it would.

    While some fans may take issue with his loyalty to manager Mike Scioscia, there's little to complain about with Moreno's ownership of the Angels.

1. Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers

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    Principal Owner Since: 2010

    Wild-Card Berths: 1 (2012)

    Division Titles: 2 (2010, 2011)

    AL Pennants: 2 (2010, 2011)

    World Series Championships: 0

     

    You can't complain about the results in Texas under Nolan Ryan and the group he led that bought the Rangers in 2010.

    The team has made the playoffs in each of three seasons that he has owned the team, the Rangers consistently pack Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the Ryan Express is not averse to spending money if it will result in long-term improvements for the club.