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Last year's rank: 120
Title track: 38
Fan relations: 99
Stadium experience: 68
Bang for the buck: 87
Marlins fans were understandably outraged by yet another franchise overhaul after the 2012 season, this one seeing the team unload the big contracts of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson. The result was a 53-point plummet to 120th overall in 2013. But a 24-point improvement this year shows that a slow but steady thaw on South Beach is underway.
The Fish overachieved for the first few months of 2014, and young stars such as Giancarlo Stanton and reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez give fans reason for optimism (even if Fernandez is out for the year after Tommy John surgery). The Marlins vaulted 62 points to 52nd in the players category, and attendance as of early September was up almost 9 percent (though the average of 21,418 was still last in the National League).
Fish fans are fickle about their new park; stadium experience improved 35 points to 68th after a massive 85-point dip in 2013. A beer at Marlins Park costs an MLB-high $8, but the club recently unveiled $6 domestic drafts at permanent bars for the rest of the season. The players may be more popular, but the Marlins ranked 122nd -- dead last -- in ownership for the second straight year. In particular, there is no love lost for team president David Samson, the stepson of principal owner Jeffrey Loria. Samson was a cast member on the reality TV show "Survivor." When asked what his personal claim to fame was for the show's official bio, he replied, "Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession." No wonder he was the first contestant voted off the island.