ALBUQUERQUE - The Albuquerque Isotopes have landed on the top 10 list of Forbes magazine's minor league baseball's most valuable teams.
The Dodger's AAA club slid into the seventh spot with an estimated value of $30-million, something fans had no trouble believing.
"No, I'm not surprised, I've been coming to the games since I lived in Albuquerque. I've been here 37 years," said Connie Stokely.
According to the write-up in Forbes, the team itself pulled in $9 million in revenue alone and all that cash is coming mostly from where one might expect.
"Ticket sales, merchandise, sponsorships, food and beverage, those types of things," said Isotopes General Manager John Traub.
Traub said since opening their gates again at the new park in 2003, they thought they would do well based on the past success of the Dukes.
However, he said, they had no idea how big the team would become.
"It's been very humbling 'cause our staff works their tails off to make sure that our fans' experience at our ballpark is second to none," Traub said.
While the revenues are high, there are expenses, too, like equipment, travel and staff.
The team also spends about $2 million a year or more to rent and maintain the ballpark.
"Such a large percentage of what we do goes back to the city which is a real important thing," said Traub.
Click here for a look at the other minor league teams that made the list
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