The ejection race between the two leagues had gotten close last week, but this week the defending champion American League ran away with an 7-2 week on the back of four Chicago White Sox ejections on the week.  Overall, ejections had a great week with Milwaukee having a bench player ejected in the top of the first for arguing that the Braves took too long to challenge a call (note: the Braves did not challenge the call at all), and John Farrell getting ejected in Boston after a dubious balk call, but only after he got his money’s worth.   […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 6/25/17: 7 AL Ejections, ...   Recently updated!

After a week off, this week gets back to setting a couple of new records on the season. The Rays and A’s were both on the road this week which meant overall attendance looked pretty good. Only the White Sox, Pirates, Twins, Padres, Phillies, and Marlins drew fewer than 20,000 in a single game last week with the White Sox and Padres averaging below the 20,000 mark.  For the first time since Opening Day, there were more teams that drew 40,000+ fans to a game than teams that drew fewer than 20,000 fans. The Rockies, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Angels, Reds, […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 6/19/17: More 40,000+ Games ...   Recently updated!

It’s 1998 all over again. Home runs are once again en vogue, with 2017 trending to have the most home runs in MLB history. It’s to the point where after last week’s bomb show by Scooter Gennett that many are offering odds on the next player to hit four home runs, with Nolan Arenado and Mike Trout listed as favorites. Unlike 1998, we likely won’t have to hear the testimony of current players in the next Balco scandal, as the distribution of home runs throughout the league is rising at a relatively level pace, not just a few monsters hitting 50+ home runs. […]

A Brief Look At All 231,877 Home Runs Since 1952

After a week off, this week gets back to setting a couple of new records on the season. First off, the Rays had only 8,971 show up to a game this week, which is the first sub-9,000 attended game of the season and the lowest since the Indians drew 8,766 on May 4th of 2016. The Indians went on to the World Series, so maybe this is good luck for the Rays?  On Saturday, the Rays hosted the A’s in the first doubleheader played in Tropicana Field, a scheduled doubleheader. Those games drew 17,775 combined. The A’s, Reds, Mariners, and […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 6/12/17: A New Lowest ...

Not nearly as much excitement as last week with no new superlatives recorded for the season in the past week. But we did have a relatively good week for attendance, as the Indians had the lowest attendance of the week but it was all the way over 14,000, which was the highest “lowest attendance of the week” so far this season. But the story of the week was clearly the ejections, with the Bryce Harper-Hunter Strickland fight contributing to the NL’s 6-1 stomping of the AL in ejections this week. This narrows the AL lead to only six ejections, 33-27. In […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 6/5: Attendance On The ...

Nine more ejections this week. With all but one involving the away team, including multiple ejections for the Pirates, Athletics and Royals, it was a busy week in the away clubhouse. In other news, A NEW LOW ATTENDANCE RECORD FOR THE SEASON. The Rays managed only 9,014 to their Tuesday game against the Angels. That was 3,000 fewer fans than they had drawn on Monday night, their high on the week. They were joined in the sub-20k group by the Athletics, Orioles, Phillies, White Sox, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Nationals, and defending AL Champion Indians. Of those, only the Rays, Athletics, Diamondbacks, […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 5/28/17: A Record Setting ...

  With ten ejections last week, we have had our busiest week of the season for the umpires here in Below the Box Score. Capped off with two bench clearing brawls (Dodgers-Marlins and Yankees-Rays) that had three ejections apiece. The AL and NL split the ejections 5-5, keeping the AL in the lead on the season 27-17.   As mentioned, the Yankees were in Tampa this week which means that attendance for the Rays averaged over 20,000 on the full week, with not one single game below the 20,000 mark. The A’s, Mariners, Padres, Indians, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Pirates, and Twins […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 5/21/2017: Ejections Aplenty!

It finally happened, over a month into the season, but we got our first sub-10,000 attended game of the year. And our second. And our third. THREE games this week were attended by four figure sums of fans as the Tampa Bay Rays hosted the Kansas City Royals in a four game series. Luckily for the Rays they got 12,000+ to their Monday game to bring their weekly average up to 10,352. Only six teams drew fewer than 20,000 this week, the aforementioned Rays, Athletics, Padres, White Sox, Marlins and Diamondbacks, with  only the White Sox and Diamondbacks averaging above […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 5/14/2017: First Sub-10k Game ...

Not much interesting to note this week, though strangely the American League continues to walk away with the ejections lead. This week four AL players or managers were ejected to the NL’s zero. That’s the second time this year that the NL has gone a week without an ejection. Once again eight teams drew fewer than 20,000 at one point or another this week, including the Rays who drew only 10,118 for Thursday’s game against the Marlins.  The Mariners, Reds, Marlins, Padres, Athletics, Royals and Twins join that list. Of those eight, four teams averaged below the 20,000 mark: The […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 5/7: The Laid Back ...

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but a Red Sox-Yankees game was at the center of the time of game discussion this week.  The only difference is that this time, the game went 2:21 instead of 4+ hours as usual.  Rob Manfred may or may not have been seen laughing maniacally in his office the next morning. Meanwhile in the rest of the AL East, Manager ejections were en vogue this week as John Gibbons was sent to the clubhouse twice this week while Buck Showalter was ejected once.  The AL retained their lead over the NL with four […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 4/30/17: Yankees-Red Sox Fastest ...

The American League went on an absolute rampage this week. With seven ejections to the National League’s zero, the AL has recaptured its lead in the ejections race by a score of nine to four. Meanwhile, data issues continue with our provider, making it look like the Braves had no fans in attendance (they did). But the data that did come in showed that the A’s, Reds, Rays, Mariners, Twins, and Padres all had fewer than 20,000 to a game this week, with the A’s and Rays both averaging sub-20k for the week.  There is still yet to be a […]

Below the Box Score, Week Ending 4/23: The AL Takes ...

The highlights this week in the attendance front are that seven teams drew over 40,000 once this week, while seven have drawn fewer than 20,000 fans to an individual game (Pirates, Reds, Mariners, A’s, Indians, Marlins, Twins and Rockies). The Pirates, A’s and Reds all averaged fewer than 20,000 for the entire week, with the A’s only drawing 20,140 at their most-attended game this week. Once again, the Dodgers won the week with 49,438 in attendance for Friday’s game. On the other side of things, the Pirates drew only 11,027 for Tuesday’s game against the Reds. Game time continues to not be off to […]

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