The Kansas City Royals have been selected as part of FanSided’s Fandom 250 for 2017. The franchise is one of 11 MLB teams competing for top honors.
Everyone knows the Kansas City Royals have the best fans in baseball. But what about in all of sports? Yes, Royals fans are probably still the best. How about when compared to the loyal followers of other wide-ranging categories? Now, it gets interesting.
Well, in about a month, we will know. That’s because the Kansas City Royals have been nominated as part of FanSided’s second Fandom 250, honoring the best fanbases from around the world and across the entertainment spectrum. The team also earned a nomination last year.
What other MLB teams were nominated?
Not too surprisingly, baseball will be well represented in the Fandom 250 with 11 of MLB’s 30 teams nominated. Here are the other 10 nominees from the national pastime:
- Boston Red Sox
- Chicago Cubs
- Houston Astros
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- New York Mets
- New York Yankees
- San Francisco Giants
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Washington Nationals
That’s an impressive group for the Kansas City Royals to join. Several worthy fanbases didn’t make the cut, but it’s hard to argue with the results.
What exactly is the Fandom 250?
Given that it’s just the second time FanSided has done this, that’s a fair question. I’ll let Josh Hill explain it with this blurb from the baseball nomination article linked above:
"The Fandom 250 is the ultimate ranking of fandoms. From sports teams and movie franchises to Instagram celebrities and brands, if something has an avid, sometimes rabid, fanbase, FanSided wants to honor those fans and — in the spirit of healthy competition — rank ‘em.The Fandom 250 is divided into 16 categories: NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, Soccer, NCAA, Sports Figures, Celebrities, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Comics, Gaming, Brands, Internet Famous and Other. All 250 qualifying fandoms will be ranked both within their categories and against the field, so fans can see how the object of their devotion stacks up against its peers and in the fan landscape at large."
So, in a nutshell, fans of the Kansas City Royals compete for the title of greatest in the world. Not just greatest baseball fans. Not just greatest sports fans. Greatest fans, period.
The official ranking doesn’t come out until Dec. 12. That leaves fans just under a month to vote for the Royals fanbase as the best in MLB, as of this writing the team ranks seventh out of 11. (Here’s another link to the nomination article, which has a place to vote for KC — and against other teams — at the bottom.) Then, we will see where it stacks up against all the other great fanbases.
Do you think the Royals have the best fanbase in baseball? If not, who does? Let us know your thoughts.