August 27, 2013
How baseball's worst team is also its most profitable And by "worst" we don't mean the Yankees (Jon Terbush, 8/27/13, The Week)
The pitching staff has the worst ERA in baseball, and the offense ranks at or near the bottom in practically every single offensive category. With a .340 winning percentage through Monday, the team is on pace to finish with their worst record ever, tying last season's woeful 107-loss campaign.So it's something of a silver lining, at least for the team's ownership, that the Astros are also on pace to post the most profitable season in the history of baseball, according to Forbes. Yes, despite having the third-lowest attendance in the league, and despite playing in a ballpark formerly named Enron Field, the Astros are set to earn an estimated $99 million in operating income this season, per Forbes' calculations.As Forbes notes, that would roughly equal the operating incomes of the last six World Series championship teams combined.
The "rich teams/poor teams" excuse doesn't work any more.Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2013 9:02 PM