Below the Box Score, 2018 MLB Attendance, Ejections, and Weather: Opening Day!


A new season is upon us, and it’s time again to look at what’s happening in the wonderful world of weather, attendance, and ejectons.  We’re excited to have you back for the 2018 season, and have spent some of the offseason updating our data sources which should mean more reliable data for the full season. Woo hoo! Let’s get to it.

With Opening Day in the mix, attendance usually floats high. Only one exception this week with the Marlins drawing on average only 17,009 fans for the week, the only team to average below 20,000 for the full week. They were joined by Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Detroit, Baltimore, and Kansas City as teams that drew below 20,000 for one or more games on the week, however. Meanwhile, the top end was pretty strong with Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Detroit drawing above 40,000 for one game on the week, making those clubs victims of huge dropoffs after opening day. They were joined in the 40,000 club by the Dodgers, Arizona, Toronto, Texas, Seattle, San Diego, the Mets, and Atlanta. Of those, only the Dodgers averaged above the 40,000 mark. In fact, they averaged 51,004 for the shortened week.

Ejections got off to a rip-roaring pace with five so far in the shortened week, two by Braves manager Brian Snitker, who has decided that the longstanding tradition of the AL outpacing the NL in ejections has gone on long enough.  The NL is off to an early 3-2 lead thanks to Snitker’s efforts. We’ll see how that progresses this season.

Overall game pace sat around 3:10, which is similar to last year’s average game time. Detroit and Pittsburgh was the interesting series of the week, with one game taking 2:30 and another (a 13-inning slugfest) going 5:27, good enough for the week’s longest.

Detroit and Pittsburgh once again of note in the temperature front, playing their series in temps between 36-40, which is five degrees lower than any other MLB team played in last week. Meanwhile, it pays off to play in Arizona where the temps to start the season hit 90 at their high point, 11 degrees warmer than any other MLB game.

 

Now finally, as always, your miscellany.  And of course we have included the raw data at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

 

Attendance:

Lowest attendance last week: Cincinnati (vs Washington), Sunday, April 1st. 10,335

Highest-(Lowest attendance) last week: LA Dodgers (vs San Francisco), Saturday, March 31st. 45,938

Highest attendance last week: LA Dodgers (vs San Francisco), Thursday, March 29th. 53,595

Lowest-(Highest attendance) last week: Oakland (vs LA Angels), Thursday, March 29th. 27,764

 

Game time:

Longest game last week: Detroit (vs Pittsburgh), Friday, March 30th. 5:27 (13-10 Pittsburgh)

Shortest game last week: LA Dodgers (vs San Francisco), Friday, March 30th. 2:23 (1-0 San Francisco)

Longest average game for the week: Chi Cubs, 3:47 average over 4 games.

Quickest average game for the week: LA Dodgers, 2:40 average over 3 games.

 

Weather:

Warmest game last week: Arizona (vs Colorado), 90 degrees, Saturday, March 31st.

Coldest game last week: Detroit (vs Pittsburgh), 36 degrees, Sunday, April 1st.

Warmest average for the week: Colorado, 86.0 degrees over 3 games.

Coldest average for the week: Pittsburgh, 38.3 degrees over 3 games.

Windiest game last week: Texas vs Houston, 19 mph, Saturday, March 31st.

Windiest week: Chi White Sox, 14.0 MPH over 2 games.

 

Ejections:

Total ejections last week: 5 (5 on full season)

Ejections by league: AL 2, NL 3. (Season total: AL 2, NL 3)

 

Raw data:

All games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Arizona32393748703353292:543:363:17829086084.71
Atlanta33512340208377033:214:163:41607467616122
Baltimore31721245469268152:353:312:58556560.37129.3
Boston41425631042205852:463:243:07727272000
Chi Cubs41042832151170092:365:183:47757976.3121613
Chi White Sox21756436517270412:543:263:10454545101814
Cincinnati31033543878271852:473:163:0447595281711
Cleveland32450647149358452:352:572:46475550132
Colorado32393748703353292:543:363:17829086084.7
Detroit31485842516252712:305:273:43364038.37119.31
Houston42675847253365932:593:193:08637369.32199.81
Kansas City21756436517270412:543:263:10454545101814
LA Angels41464427764217712:484:023:20667368.8285.3
LA Dodgers34593853595510042:232:552:40627366.7354
Miami41042832151170092:365:183:47757976.3121613
Milwaukee33151344649370892:513:363:11616964.3697.3
Minnesota31721245469268152:353:312:58556560.37129.3
NY Mets32248644189342583:013:223:125059543128
NY Yankees42909148115371542:373:032:50686868000
Oakland41464427764217712:484:023:20667368.8285.3
Philadelphia33512340208377033:214:163:4160746761612
Pittsburgh31485842516252712:305:273:43364038.37119.3
San Diego33151344649370892:513:363:11616964.3697.3
San Francisco34593853595510042:232:552:40627366.7354
Seattle32450647149358452:352:572:46475550132
St. Louis32248644189342583:013:223:125059543128
Tampa Bay41425631042205852:463:243:07727272000
Texas42675847253365932:593:193:08637369.32199.8
Toronto42909148115371542:373:032:50686868000
Washington31033543878271852:473:163:0447595281711

Home games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Arizona32393748703353292:543:363:17829086084.71
Atlanta33512340208377033:214:163:41607467616122
Baltimore31721245469268152:353:312:58556560.37129.3
Cincinnati31033543878271852:473:163:0447595281711
Detroit31485842516252712:305:273:43364038.37119.31
Kansas City21756436517270412:543:263:10454545101814
LA Dodgers34593853595510042:232:552:40627366.7354
Miami41042832151170092:365:183:47757976.3121613
NY Mets32248644189342583:013:223:125059543128
Oakland41464427764217712:484:023:20667368.8285.3
San Diego33151344649370892:513:363:11616964.3697.3
Seattle32450647149358452:352:572:46475550132
Tampa Bay41425631042205852:463:243:07727272000
Texas42675847253365932:593:193:08637369.32199.8
Toronto42909148115371542:373:032:50686868000

Away games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Boston41425631042205852:463:243:07727272000
Chi Cubs41042832151170092:365:183:47757976.3121613
Chi White Sox21756436517270412:543:263:10454545101814
Cleveland32450647149358452:352:572:46475550132
Colorado32393748703353292:543:363:17829086084.7
Houston42675847253365932:593:193:08637369.32199.81
LA Angels41464427764217712:484:023:20667368.8285.3
Milwaukee33151344649370892:513:363:11616964.3697.3
Minnesota31721245469268152:353:312:58556560.37129.3
NY Yankees42909148115371542:373:032:50686868000
Philadelphia33512340208377033:214:163:4160746761612
Pittsburgh31485842516252712:305:273:43364038.37119.3
San Francisco34593853595510042:232:552:40627366.7354
St. Louis32248644189342583:013:223:125059543128
Washington31033543878271852:473:163:0447595281711

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