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Last year's ranking: 59
Title track: 29
Fan relations: 87
Stadium experience: 22
Bang for the buck: 112
When your city's most exciting action on the diamond is a feisty, flame-throwing 13-year-old storming her way through the Little League World Series, you know your major league club has problems. (No offense, Mo'ne, you did Philly proud. And we loved your dance routine with the Phanatic.) Has there ever been a more precipitous fall from grace in the majors than the Phillies this decade? They rang in 2010 with one of the best rotations in the game, bore witness to two no-hitters courtesy of Roy Halladay, won 100-plus games the following year and then, well, disaster. Seriously: Sixteen games below .500 in 2013 and an ever-aging core with a bloated payroll does not a happy fan base make.
It's no wonder, then, that the Fightin' Phils have slipped dramatically in the Ultimate Standings ... again. They dropped 24 overall spots from 2013, and just four years after posting a No. 1 ranking in the players category, they barely crack the top 100. And that No. 29 in title track? It's lingering gratitude for the team that finally put an end to Philadelphia's championship drought. That grace period won't last forever.
The good news, if there is such a thing for Philly baseball these days, is that the fans still seem to love their ballpark (No. 22 in stadium experience), even 10 years after its debut. Sundays at Citizens Bank Park are a family affair, with complimentary face-painting and $5 ice cream sundaes and root beer floats at Harry the K's. And even with declining attendance, Federal Donuts, Philadelphia's fried chicken and donuts staple, boasts lines around the corner. But good eats alone won't cut it -- especially when ticket prices are still above average ($37.42) and the product on the field is decidedly not.