No. 109: San Diego Padres

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 6, 2012, 6:08 PM ET
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 54
Title track: 119
Ownership: 120
Coaching: 98
Players: 118
Fan relations: 117
Affordability: 87
Stadium experience: 68
Bang for the buck: 34

Not much has gone right for the San Diego Padres this year, as evidenced by their 55-spot fall in our standings. With Jed Hoyer's departure after last season, Josh Byrnes was promoted from senior vice president of baseball operations to GMthe team's third GM in just over two years. The Padres' big offseason move sent Anthony Rizzo (who was named the NL rookie of the month in July) to the Cubs in a four-player trade that brought right-hander Andrew Cashner to San Diego. Only a year after sending their best hitter, Adrian Gonzalez, to the Red Sox, the team lost several more big names to free agency -- among them, All-Star closer Heath Bell and staff ace Aaron Harang -- earning the worst rank in all of MLB in our players category. Despite an MLB-worst ranking in title track, the Padres are focused on building with their core group. The July 31 trade deadline passed without any major moves; instead they signed extensions with Carlos Quentin and Huston Street.

On the plus side, tickets are a league-low $15.67, parking is only $8 and the weather is beautiful. Inside the park, offerings are plentiful, including local San Diego brewery samplings, bottles of wine, bundt cakes and burgers. Fans requested better in-park Wi-Fi service, and Petco responded. After losing bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds to pancreatic cancer in June, the Padres began the Darrel Akerfelds No. 48 Legacy Fund with an initial pledge of $48,000. The club offers a new military season pass -- $99 for one upper-reserved ticket to each of 80 home games (Opening Day excluded). Still, even with those affordable prices, if the team isn't winning (second-worst record in the NL West), the fans aren't voting favorably.

Anna Katherine Clemmons is a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine.