By Joe McDonald at 2 June, 2013, 3:11 am
In his latest column for SI.com , Tom Verducci notes that Major League Baseball's attendance is down 2.9 this season, which is fairly significant number. However, as he also reveals, those numbers are a bit skewed by a certain organization in the National League East. I'll give you one guess.
Baseball attendance is down 2.9 percent, but the Miami Marlins alone account for 40 percent of the decline in tickets sold, and the weather in many places has been brutal.
If you guessed anyone but the Marlins, I would have to question why you clicked on a story without reading the headline first. Honestly, you shouldn't even have to read the headline to figure this one out.
According to Deadspin , the Marlins sold an average of 27,000 tickets per game in 2012, but that number is all the way down to 17,893 this season. That's over 9,000 less sold tickets on a nightly basis. But again, it shouldn't come as any real surprise after owner Jeffrey Loria oversaw a firesale that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and others to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Marlins fans have been burned before and they've been burned again, and it's difficult to imagine they'll ever come back in anything resembling full force anytime soon. At least not under Loria's ownership. In fact, if there's any surprise it might be that they're at least topping 15,000 tickets sold per game, but I guess a new stadium can still make up some of the difference.