NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins drew 12,653 Wednesday night — combined.
Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tampa Bay set stadium lows this year. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011 and Toronto and San Francisco since 2010. The Marlins’ average attendance is less than Triple-A Las Vegas.
Major League Baseball’s overall average of 26,854 through Wednesday is 1.4% below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound up below 30,000 for the first time since 2003.
What a mess. We can blame Derek Jeter for the Marlins attendance, but the Rays one is befuddling.
The Rays are a perennial playoff team, with one of the most fun up and coming rosters to watch. Yet, the Trop is still tarping off the upper deck because they can’t even fill the lower level.
It;s also scary seeing the Twins having trouble filling their stadium. Minnesota is currently atop the AL Central at 37-18, and have the best offence in baseball. How the hell are they among the worst in attendance?
What a mess.