No. 85: Colorado Rockies

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 7, 2012, 11:10 AM ET
By Jeff Gold | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 8
Title track: 105
Ownership: 88
Coaching: 106
Players: 86
Fan relations: 86
Affordability: 53
Stadium experience: 36
Bang for the buck: 83

No team dropped more in our rankings than the Colorado Rockies, who fell a whopping 77 spots. It was a thorough descent across all eight categories too. The fans don't like the players, the front office or ownership. And even though ticket prices average a reasonable $20.55, fans don't think they're getting enough entertainment. Now they're letting the organization know how they feel. According to an article in The Denver Post in July, the Rockies sent their season-ticket holders an email saying that every loss was personally unbearable to owner Dick Monfort. Rockies fan Nick Coy, 28, responded by writing, "I assume you think we are all idiots and will buy your snake oil about 'caring; hook, line and sinker.' Incorrect ... you will NOT be seeing myself (among many others) renew their season tickets until you show us something meaningful." It's not happening this season, as the team is on pace to post a lower win total for the third straight year. The Rockies hope this isn't the start of a similar fate in their franchise ranking.