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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 ...   Recently updated!


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 […]

Below the Box Score, Week of 4/16/17:


It’s the first Below the Box Score of 2017, so welcome back to everyone as baseball season has finally begun. Please note some season-starting data headaches from our provider show a few teams as having not hosted as many games as they actually have. It should be fixed going forward but there are a few games missing from this set. Our apologies. The highlights this week in the attendance front were that thirteen teams drew over 40,000 once this week, while nine already have drawn fewer than 20,000 fans to an individual game (Reds, White Sox, A’s, Rays, D-Backs, Orioles, Twins, […]

Below the Box Score: Welcome to 2017! Your Weekly Look ...



Baseball season is upon us, having snuck out of nowhere this year.  The longest of the professional sporting seasons of the four major sports leagues of the US, the MLB schedule requires significant amounts of travel for every team. In fact, 25 of the 30 teams in 2017 will travel more than the entire circumference of the Earth (24,901 miles)! How can I be sure? I did the math, using MLB’s 2017 schedule, a handful of assumptions, and a bit of time with my old pal Excel.  Here’s what I came up with. First, my assumptions: All miles given are statute […]

Which MLB Teams Will Fly The Most in 2017?


If you like ump shows, you’re gonna love the way this week looked. Over the course of the week, a season record 11 teams had a player or manager get rung, totaling 16 ejections on the week. The total ejections for the week come in second to the week of the Rangers-Blue Jays brawl, but this was quite a bit broader than one incident.  When you total up the week, the AL was sent off nine times to the NL’s seven, widening the gap to eight, 95-87. With only one more week left in the season, it seems that the AL […]

Sixteen Ejections For Eleven Teams, Only 10k in Oakland – ...


It’s a story of the haves and have-nots.  Overall, attendance continues to plummet, as NFL season starts and teams get mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Just this week, the Rays, (first place) Indians, Athletics, White Sox, Reds, Mariners, Marlins, (first place) Nationals, and Twins all had fewer than 20,000 come through the gates for one of their home games this week. Of those nine, only the Twins and Nationals averaged more than 20,000 on the week. On the top end though, nine teams also had greater than 40,000 fans attend one game, the Braves, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Dodgers, Brewers, Yankees, […]

Nine Teams Draw Below 20,000, Nine Teams Draw Above 40,000, ...



  The story of the week once again is dwindling attendance, even in teams that are in playoff contention.  Last week, seven teams had a game with fewer than 20,000 fans, the Indians, Rays, Orioles, Phillies, Mariners, Brewers, and Astros. Of those seven, four (Rays, Phillies, Indians, Brewers) averaged below the 20k mark for the entire week. The Indians hosted the Twins — a division foe!– in front of only 11,327. Only the Dodgers, Rangers, Giants, and Cubs saw greater than 40,000 this week with the Dodgers and Giants both averaging above that number. In ejections, the American League widened […]

Seven Teams Draw Below 20k, Royals Average 3:37 Time of ...


If it weren’t for Bryce Harper, 100% of the ejections this week would’ve been Detroit Tigers.  With four in Saturday’s game, the Tigers take the crown for most ejections in one game this season not involving a right hook to Jose Bautista’s jaw. This helped widen the gap between the Junior and Senior Circuit to nine in favor of the AL, trending back to the level that it stayed for most of the season. Attendance made some precipitous drops this week, with the A’s, Rays, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Reds, and Marlins all drawing fewer than 20,000 to at least one game […]

Tigers Vault to Third Overall in Ejections, Six Teams Draw ...


Last week was a great week for baseball fans who lead a busy life. Every game was less than four hours in length, with the Padres and Diamondbacks playing a 10 inning, 3:58 game that the Padres won 7-4. Overall, the games this week averaged three hours flat, with the Royals having the lowest average of the week at 2:46, and the Braves the highest at 3:30. Attendance once again showed some evidence of a downward trend with both the Rays and Diamondbacks averaging below 20,000 fans over the course of the entire week.  When looking at individual games, you […]

Not One Game Over Four Hours Last Week; Five Teams ...



We have finally reached the point in the season in which every MLB team has had at least one player ejected. On Friday, Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in Milwaukee’s game against the Reds. The Brewers were the last pillar to fall, with all 29 other MLB teams having at least one ejection to this point.  The worst part? Counsell was wrong: every pitch in the half inning he was ejected in was officiated correctly. Attendance has started to dwindle for many non-competitors, with many teams having a minimum attendance just above 20,000 on the week. Surprisingly, of […]

Brewers Finally Get First Ejection, The Last Team In MLB ...


With five ejections this week — four in the National League — there have now been an equal number of ejections in each league for the first time this season.  Each league has 60 ejections, an average of four per team, though the Brewers remain the only team without an ejection so far this year. Pittsburgh continues to inch closer to the number one spot, with 12 ejections to Toronto’s 14. Attendance remained good this week, with only the Rays, Orioles, and Marlins drawing fewer than 20,000 people to any individual game. No team, including the three aforementioned, averaged less […]

NL Finally Catches Up in Ejections, Dodgers Draw 50,000 – ...


  The dog days of summer are upon us this week, as both the Cardinals and Nationals hosted games on Sunday in a balmy 96 degrees. While temperatures may have risen, tempers certainly have not, as we had the fewest ejections in a week since May.  With four ejections — all in the National League! — the gap between leagues is as narrow as it has been all season with the AL leading by only three: 59-56. The first full week of the second half of the season brought the fans out to the ballpark, as only the A’s and Phillies drew […]

No AL Ejections This Week, Warmest Temps of the Year: ...