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.