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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: September 23, 12:11 PM ET
No. 11: Cincinnati Reds

By Doug Mittler
ESPN The Magazine

Last years rank: 23
Title track: 42
Ownership: 9
Coaching: 79
Players: 26
Fan relations: 17
Affordability: 9
Stadium experience: 16
Bang for the buck: 19

When Great American Ball Park opened in 2003, locals would sometimes call it the Pretty Good American Ballpark -- one that was better than Cinergy Field, the cookie-cutter predecessor, but was lacking the buzz of a PNC Park or Camden Yards. CEO Bob Castellini has moved to correct that, and fans have taken notice. The Reds have vaulted 46 points in Stadium Experience to 16th, thanks to a host of renovations over the past two seasons, including a more spacious main entrance, a Wiffle Ball field for kids and a Budweiser Bowtie Bar in the right-field corner for adults. Additionally, the average ticket price of $21.35 is more than six bucks below the MLB average and you can still find a hot dog for a mere $1. Im always proud to bring people from out of town to see this gem and enjoy our Redlegs, writes Deborah H. on yelp.com. Fans are also giving Castellini a lot of the credit (the Reds have cracked the top 10 in the ownership category for the first time since the standings began in 2003). Even manager Dusty Baker is starting to get some respect. Second-guessing Dusty is a Queen City tradition, but the Reds even went up 22 points in the coaching category after reaching triple digits in 2012. We think two NL Central titles in a three-year span changed some minds. Add it up and the Reds moved up 12 spots from 2012 to their best-ever overall rating. And thats better than pretty good.