Stephen Strasburg: most marketable MLB pitcher
Stephen Strasburg pitched in front of the smallest crowd of his big-league career Friday night in Florida. Just 27,037 came out in Miami, which was still the Marlins' third-biggest crowd of the season and more than 10,000 above their season average.
The number of Major Leaguers who can draw an extra 10,000 fans, by themselves, in Miami, in mid-July, is likely fairly limited. Which helps explain why a just-released survey of 49 sports business executive and media members voted Strasburg the fourth-most marketable player in baseball.
The survey, conducted by SportsBusiness Daily, voted Derek Jeter the overwhelming winner, with 80 percent of the first-place votes. Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer were second and third. So that would be a New York icon coming off his fifth World Series title and the reigning NL and AL MVPs. Fourth is Strasburg, who's played Major League Baseball for six weeks. He was the only player besides Jeter to get more than two first-place votes.
He was also one of only two pitchers in the top 12. Tim Lincecum was seventh.
(Incidentally, Marlins outfield Chris Coghlan attempted to put the brakes on the hype roadster.
"The media puts so much on this kid, and says this and that, but it's not like we're going up there facing the best thing that's ever gotten on the mound," Coghlan said, via the Palm Beach Post. "It's not like he's better than a Josh Johnson or a (Ubaldo) Jimenez or a (Chris) Carpenter or a (Adam) Wainwright. He's young and he's got a good arm, but by no means do I think he's better than those guys."
Yeah. It's the media's fault, for sure.)
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