With the 2012 major league baseball season swinging into action this week, Vitals has gotten into the competitive spirit, ranking all 30 MLB teams according to what we consider their greatest assets.
Rather than fumbling through hitting, pitching, and fielding statistics, we decided to analyze the teams on what we know best: their team doctors!
We took the average overall patient rating for each team’s physician(s) and ranked them in order of the highest patient-rated to the lowest. In the case of more than one team having the same average rating, we broke the ties by ranking those with more individual ratings higher.
If you’re used to a more traditional way of ranking MLB teams, the results of our analysis may surprise you; the New York Yankees, who ranked third overall in terms of win percentage last year, had the highest patient-rated team doctor. Second place went to the Houston Astros – the team with the lowest win percentage for 2011. The Milwaukee Brewers slid in at last place in our standings, despite a pretty good showing last season.
This analysis may appear to be unrelated to a team’s chances at success in the future, but it is a commonly accepted theory in medicine that a patient’s confidence in his doctor has a positive impact on the effectiveness of the treatment administered. And with all of the injuries we’ve already seen in the pre-season – Andrew Bailey’s injured thumb and Joba Chamberlain’s ankle injury, to name a few – it’s hard to overestimate the value of an effective team physician.
Take a look at all the rankings below, and see how your team’s doctor(s) did!