ESPN has been doing these rankings since the Mag's inception and the Reds received their highest ranking to date, coming in at #11. Right ahead of ..... the St. Louis Cardinals. So, by all measures, this has to be a legitimate ranking system. The Reds score high in Affordability and Ownership (both in the top 10). Reds ticket prices are more than $6 below the MLB average, while ownership has made long term deals with start players as well as invest money into the stadium itself. Stadium experience has climbed all the way to #16, due in part to the investments made by ownership to create a more friendly environment at the park. My personal faves at the ballpark are the Hall of Fame Museum and the stadium tour. Bigger crowds have also enhanced my experiences at the ballpark. Reds are in the top 25% in Bang for the Buck, Players, and Fan Relations. I think these three rankings mean the organization is doing really well for a team in a smaller market.
The outliers for the rankings were Title Track and Coaching, both ranked much lower than you would like your franchise to be. Of course, Dusty gets no respect and is ranked 79th, which is really low for a manager/coach about to take his team to the playoffs for the 3rd time in 4 years, but we all know his downfalls. I assume this issue does not take into account other coaching positions on the team such as pitching and hitting coaches, as you could assume Bryan Price could buoy this ranking on his own a little. As far as Title Track goes, I think that ranking will certainly increase after the Reds win back to back World Series Championships. I find these rankings interesting to look as they do use some standard metrics to their rankings and not just base all the rankings off of writers opinions.