Sports Illustrated has ranked the top five and bottom five owners in baseball.  Of the 5 teams in the AL East, four made the lists.

The Tampa Bay Rays were ranked fifth best, mostly because of new owner Stuart Sternberg’s investment into the team.  Since purchasing the team in 2005, he has made improvements to Tropicana Field and the rays payroll is over $63 Million this season, a franchise record.

The Yankees ranked fourth best, due to the devotion of the Steinbrenner family to field a championship-caliber team year-in and year-out.

The Red Sox were ranked number one and to be fair, it makes sense.  Since buying the franchise in 2002, John Henry and Co. have delivered 5 of 6 playoff appearances (including 4 ALCS appearances) and 2 World Series titles.  As SI points out, Henry’s leadership has brought the team some of the best minds in baseball, including GM Theo Epstein.

The only other Al East team mentioned was the Baltimore Orioles, who won the spot for worst owner in baseball.  Since Peter Angelos bought the team in 1993, they have a dismal .486 winning percentage and have not had a winning season in 11 years.  As SI points out, you can almost single-handedly blame Angelos for the demise of a team that was constantly challenging the Yankees for the AL Pennant in the late 90’s.

You can check out the article here.