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Thursday, December 06, 2018

MLB players concerned about retooling teams, attendance drop

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players are concerned the Seattle Mariners have become yet another rebuilding team and may be joined by others following a season of steep attendance drops among clubs that faded early and never contended for the playoffs.

Union head Tony Clark and new collective bargaining director Bruce Meyer said Wednesday their members also are concerned about rapid change in the way games are played, such as the increased use of relief pitchers, and are willing to speak with management this offseason about whether counteracting changes are needed.

Altering the amateur draft to include an NBA-style lottery for the top picks, the 10-day disabled list and the 10-day minimum for the recall of players optioned to the minors are among the topics the union is prepared to talk about as part of a wider discussion. So are possible rules to counter offense-suffocating defensive shifts.

A reminder that a lot of players are as alarmed by tanking as those of us who watch it from the stands….

 

QLE Posted: December 06, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, bad ideas, bruce meyer, lottery, mlbpa, tanking, tony clark

Friday, November 09, 2018

MLB faces offseason challenges

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball heads into the offseason with no shortage of issues to address, most pressingly the drop in stadium attendance and TV ratings, a trend toward longer games and a dearth of star power in its ranks.

Easy answers, however, may prove hard to come by.

Average attendance for regular season games in 2018 fell four percent from the previous year to 28,830 per game, according to MLB, while the total number of fans who showed up at the ballpark fell below 70 million for the first time since 2003.

*checks outside, to see if the sky is, indeed, falling*

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, doom and gloom, pace of play, ratings, stars

The Best Quotes from Sports Agent Scott Boras’s Baseball Media Scrum

Scott Boras is a super agent. He’s also a fantastic quote, too.

During his annual media scrum at Major League Baseball’s general manager meetings on Wednesday, Boras’s comments were arguably on par with the high-caliber talent levels of the numerous star athletes he represents.

Below is a compilation featuring some of Boras’s best remarks from his offseason session.

Warning: Many of these quotes are prime examples of what our British friends mean when they state that Mandy Rice-Davies Applies.

 

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, scott boras, tanking

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Texas Rangers: Decline in single-game ticket sales has cost the Rangers an estimated $54 million in revenue since 2012 | SportsDay

Some people should NOT be allowed anywhere near a calculator.

In 2012, coming off a second consecutive World Series appearance, the Rangers set a club record with 3,460,280 tickets sold. They followed that with 3,178,273 tickets sold in 2013.

The drop from 2012 to this season is 1,353,173. That is the 10th-largest decrease within a seven-season window in baseball history.

Using the $40-per-ticket estimate, that also translates to a revenue shortfall of $54 million.

Edited by Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 10:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, rangers

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

A college baseball team outdrew the Marlins in 2018

It wasn’t a great year for the Miami Marlins. The team traded away some of its best assets in the offseason, went 63-98 in the regular season and will watch likely National League MVP Christian Yelich mash for the Milwaukee Brewers in the postseason.

While all of that is bad, one thing stands out as much more embarrassing. A college baseball team actually drew more fans per game than the Marlins in 2018.

That team would be LSU. The university’s baseball team averaged 10,786 fans per game in 2018. The Marlins averaged just 10,013 fans per game.

Ahh, the Marlins- just when you think they’ve hit bottom, they dig deeper…..

QLE Posted: October 03, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, college baseball, lsu, marlins

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Marlins Finish With Lowest Home Draw Since 2004 Expos

Glenn Geffner @GlennGeffner

A little unfair that this is a narrative. Buried in story then essentially overlooked, Jeter said in Spring team would announce lower tix sold number. Had club used tix distributed as in past & like many clubs, total would have been much higher. Apples and Oranges. No doubt attendance is an issue and needs to get better. But with the enhancements this front office is making to the ballpark and to the fan experience, and as the team improves in the years ahead, it will get better.

Glenn Geffner is a radio play-by-play voice of the Marlins. I guess he should be glad they don’t report the turnstile counts, huh?

Bote Man Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, marlins, tickets

Monday, August 27, 2018

MLB’s concerning year-over-year attendance dip

I’ll be watching xwoba really closely next year. Early this season I noticed Carpenter and Morales Had xwoba much lower than their woba. I picked up Carpenter hoping for a bounce back but, unfortunately, a rash of injuries forced me waiver him for outfield and pitching replacements. Had I been able to keep him I’d be solidly in first instead of a close second.

Kendrys Morales continues to teach me, to count out the old dogs. Morales is 35, and on May 1, when he looked like he didn’t belong anywhere near the major leagues, I suggested, rather forcefully, that the Toronto Blue Jays cut him and give his plate appearances to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The Blue Jays, not surprisingly, declined to take the advice. It was offered with logic behind it, of course – that Guerrero gave them a better chance to contend, that Morales’ contract that continued through the 2019 season already was sunk cost. Over the three months since then, Morales has put up an OPS over .950, and his latest stretch was the coup de grace.

On Sunday, he homered for the seventh consecutive game, tying Barry Bonds, Jim Thome and Kevin Mench – Kevin Mench!? – for the second-longest streak. Three men share the record: Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long – Dale Long!? – each homered in eight straight.

So mea culpa, Kendrys Morales, for the doubt. It doesn’t take away that Vlad Jr. belonged in the big leagues then and belongs there now, but so, it turns out, does Morales. Though even if he ties the record against Baltimore on Monday, his game Tuesday won’t be the most important for a Blue Jay. Because …

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, xwoba

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Don’t fix baseball, even if it’s broken

Today’s all-or-nothing baseball is too one-dimensional. There are too many strikeouts… Also, too many of the hits are home runs. It was imprecise for Crash Davis (Kevin Costner’s character in “Bull Durham”) to say that strikeouts are “fascist,” but he was right that they are “boring,” a… And “on average, you have to wait [3 minutes and 45 seconds] between balls put in play — 41 seconds longer between movement than 20 years ago.” Steals (hence pitchouts), sacrifice bunts, hit-and-run plays — interesting things for fans — are becoming rarer…

NattyBoh Posted: July 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, george will, shifts, speed-up-the-game, strikeouts

 

 

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