MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 8/5: Dog Days


The dog days of summer are here again, and with it we have games in brutal heat and everyone too hot to argue balls and strikes. The lowest ejection week of the season, with only three getting sent to the showers early. Only three teams averaged below 70 degrees on the week, with half the league averaging above the 80 degree mark.  Yours truly was at the hottest game of the week, a 98 degree scorcher between the hapless Orioles and the less-hapless-but-still-not-good Rangers.

Attendance once again soared last week, with only five teams having a game below 20,000 and only the Rays drawing below the 10,000 mark. In fact, this was the first week in a while where no A or AA teams outdrew a major league team, though I can say with confidence everyone outdrew the lowest MiLB attendance on the week, a reported THREE in attendance for a Rookie League game between the DBacks and Reds’ affiliates1:

 

MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Tampa Bay (outdrawn by 20 AAA games), Oakland (outdrawn by 4 AAA games)

MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams:  None

MLB teams outdrawn by Single-A teams:  None

 

Time of game stayed at the three hour mark as it has hovered throughout the hottest times of the summer, but interestingly enough the Red Sox played the shortest game of the week as well as the longest game of the week. If I were to tell you their opponents were the Phillies and Yankees, which opponent would you put on which game?  Surprisingly the Yankees-Red Sox played the shortest game of the week with a 4-1 2:15 quickie.

 

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: Tampa Bay (vs LA Angels), Wednesday, August 1st. 9,132

Highest-(Lowest attendance) last week: NY Yankees (vs Baltimore), Tuesday, July 31st. 46,473

Highest attendance last week: LA Dodgers (vs Houston), Friday, August 3rd. 53,598

Lowest-(Highest attendance) last week: Chi White Sox (vs Kansas City), Thursday, August 2nd. 19,682

 

Game time:

Longest game last week: Boston (vs Philadelphia), Monday, July 30th. 4:03 (2-1 Boston)

Shortest game last week: Boston (vs NY Yankees), Friday, August 3rd. 2:15 (4-1 Boston)

Longest average game for the week: Milwaukee, 3:22 average over 6 games.

Quickest average game for the week: Seattle, 2:39 average over 6 games.

 

Weather:

Warmest game last week: Texas (vs Baltimore), 98 degrees, Saturday, August 4th.

Coldest game last week: Oakland (vs Toronto), 63 degrees, Tuesday, July 31st.

Warmest average for the week: Baltimore, 91.2 degrees over 6 games.

Coldest average for the week: Oakland, 67.8 degrees over 6 games.

Windiest game last week: Boston vs NY Yankees, 21 mph, Friday, August 3rd.

Windiest week: Boston, 12.3 MPH over 6 games.

 

 

Ejections:

Total ejections last week: 3 (110 on full season)

Ejections by league: AL 2, NL 1. (Season total: AL 53, NL 57)

 

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
Arizona52063938093274352:593:333:14788381000
Atlanta52123036946269882:263:192:488091846108.7
Baltimore61936747206299752:253:203:04809891.251310.3
Boston53669937816373572:154:033:05768781.492113.81
Chi Cubs61860041136335292:383:313:03739378.74128.8
Chi White Sox61437921214174482:433:383:097285760114.41
Cincinnati62492936149301752:183:142:51679079.3395.51
Cleveland62540735242299962:283:102:58738481598
Colorado73775142636403922:463:593:18738981.75128.6
Detroit51476633668235752:183:322:47677369.95158.9
Houston53457553598454242:193:372:58668679.6264.2
Kansas City61525027909214142:453:213:00748579.86139.5
LA Angels6913235242225052:283:172:55728477.3093.5
LA Dodgers64168653598481752:543:443:22818682.8575.7
Miami52123042343317112:203:152:50759083.85108
Milwaukee63775145087413232:463:443:22788983.25128.7
Minnesota62223629261260772:453:213:01738579.58139.7
NY Mets62452536946305092:263:192:51809184.36117.9
NY Yankees53669947206409852:153:252:54768782.792112.8
Oakland51144933668193002:303:322:57657368.851611.8
Philadelphia62605042343354772:204:033:06759081.45149.8
Pittsburgh51860032473232392:383:343:127386804118.4
San Diego62920941136374222:384:013:12759381.94128.8
San Francisco62298038093295792:594:013:17788380.30123.5
Seattle62611041238347252:193:022:39668071.3131.8
St. Louis71937642636350202:513:593:21738681.9496.8
Tampa Bay6913221214146192:293:383:06727272000
Texas51936724300213622:253:333:08839889.40135.2
Toronto61144941238278482:233:042:46657668.71165.7
Washington62884536149334192:383:162:587890843115.8

Home games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Arizona52063938093274352:593:333:14788381000
Atlanta12123021230212302:492:492:49828282101010
Boston53669937816373572:154:033:05768781.492113.81
Chi Cubs44071441136409002:383:293:02759383.84127
Chi White Sox31525019682176502:523:103:017585806118.7
Cleveland32899335242330162:283:102:54828482.7597
Detroit22492924952249412:182:552:36677068.5697.5
LA Dodgers64168653598481752:543:443:22818682.8575.7
Milwaukee33775140524387432:463:353:10788984.7101211.3
Minnesota62223629261260772:453:213:01738579.58139.7
NY Mets42452536946284272:263:192:48809186687.3
NY Yankees24647347206468403:083:113:09808482101110.5
Oakland51144933668193002:303:322:57657368.851611.8
Philadelphia42605042343343312:203:152:50759084.3597.5
Pittsburgh51860032473232392:383:343:127386804118.4
San Diego22920931725304673:054:013:3378828091210.5
Seattle62611041238347252:193:022:39668071.3131.8
St. Louis44054442636416292:513:593:24738679.5596.5
Tampa Bay6913221214146192:293:383:06727272000
Texas41936724300215432:253:203:01939895.851310.3
Washington62884536149334192:383:162:587890843115.8

Away games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Atlanta42452536946284272:263:192:48809186687.3
Baltimore61936747206299752:253:203:04809891.251310.3
Chi Cubs21860018972187862:383:313:04737473.5101110.5
Chi White Sox31437921214172462:433:383:187272720001
Cincinnati62492936149301752:183:142:51679079.3395.51
Cleveland32540729261269752:563:083:02738379.3999
Colorado73775142636403922:463:593:18738981.75128.6
Detroit31476633668226642:303:322:54687371.351510.3
Houston53457553598454242:193:372:58668679.6264.2
Kansas City61525027909214142:453:213:00748579.86139.5
LA Angels6913235242225052:283:172:55728477.3093.5
Miami52123042343317112:203:152:50759083.85108
Milwaukee34168645087439023:193:443:35818381.7576
NY Mets23431935029346742:383:162:57828382.56118.5
NY Yankees33669937317370822:153:252:44768783.392115
Philadelphia23772237816377693:134:033:38778078.5101412
San Diego44071441136409002:383:293:02759383.84127
San Francisco62298038093295792:594:013:17788380.30123.5
St. Louis31937632473262072:583:343:17818684.3497
Texas12063920639206393:333:333:33838383000
Toronto61144941238278482:233:042:46657668.71165.7
  1. I tweeted MiLB to see if this is just a data issue as suspected and will update if I hear back from them

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