Chris Ford


About Chris Ford

Chris Ford is the head nacho of AMSTS and generally a nice guy. Besides sports and sports analytics, he enjoys world travel, and running.


  The Marlins continue to draw nobody, but the story this week is that ejections have finally heated up.  Seven ejections this week, fairly distributed between the two leagues and allowing the NL to maintain its lead in the ejections race this year.   But how bad was that Marlins attendance?  One in three AAA games had a higher attendance last week than the Marlins’ lowest attended game of 5,721.  The next closest team was the Pirates, which were below only FIVE AAA games.  Woof.   MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (below 55 AAA games) Pittsburgh (below 5 AAA […]

MLB 2018 Attendance, Time of Game, Weather and Ejections, Week ...


The 2018 season for the Baltimore Orioles could not be going any worse at this point.  The Orioles have one of the worst records in baseball, and attendance is floundering.  As of the completion of the series against the Royals last week (May 10th), the O’s have had only six games with more than 20,000 fans in attendance.  They’ve had 12 games that couldn’t hit that mark, including a couple with fewer than 10,000 in attendance.   But this isn’t about the attendance. The future for this Orioles team is bleak. Coming into this season, the Orioles were predicted to […]

Are We Watching Chapter Three of the Orioles Relocation Story?


Attendance up slightly while time of game ticked up. Let’s take a look at this week’s Below the Box Score: Tensions remain low across the league with only three ejections, keeping the NL ahead of the AL by a margin of eight on the full season.  Is it too much to ask for a few fastballs to the thighs? A few bat flips? Elsewhere, Oakland dethroned the Marlins this week as the low attendance mark, but Miami made up for it in volume. The Marlins averaged 9,311 fans on the week while Oakland averaged 11,693. The lows were 7,360 for […]

2018 MLB Attendance, Ejections, and Weather, Week of 5/13/18: Summer ...



John Gibbons has had enough of the National League leading the ejections race, and he’s doing something about it.  Gibbons accounted for 60% of this week’s ejections, getting rung in three separate games of the eight played by the Blue Jays on the week.  John may not be the hero the AL needs right now, but he’s certainly the hero the American League deserves. Last week we pointed out that the Marlins were outdrawn by 59 minor league games, but they really upped the game this week. Their entire three game series against Philadelphia didn’t draw more than 6,000 for […]

2018 MLB Attendance, Ejections, and Weather, Week of 5/6/18: John ...


Another week of dismal MLB attendance. The Miami Marlins couldn’t break 6,000 on a Friday.  Insert obligatory Jeets joke here. Wow. So with that, the Marlins were outdrawn by FIFTY NINE minor league games last week. But they weren’t the only ones outdrawn by minor league teams: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams: Kansas City (below 1 AAA game) Cleveland, Pittsburgh (Below 4 AAA games) Chicago White Sox (below 6 AAA games) Cincinnati (all below 13 AAA games), Baltimore (below 19 AAA games),  Miami (below 38 AAA games) MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams: Miami (below 14 AA games) MLB teams outdrawn by […]

2018 MLB Attendance, Ejections, and Weather, Week of 4/29/18: Another ...


Only three ejections this week, as level heads prevail, which means that the focus this week is on the attendance.  Or, I suppose I should say: the lack thereof.  In fact, there was a team that didn’t draw over 10,000 fans once this week in three home games.  Let’s get down to business. Attendance was, in a word, brutal last week.  The Pittsburgh Pirates managed to host three games with no more than 8,970 fans in attendance.  In fact, the Pirates full week’s attendance was outmatched by seven clubs’ lowest attended SINGLE GAME of the week.  That’s right, the Rangers, […]

2018 MLB Attendance, Ejections, and Weather, Week of 4/22/18: The ...



We are in the heat of things thanks to a couple of brawls on Wednesday. Between the Padres-Rockies game and the Red Sox-Yankees game, there were NINE ejections, nearly doubling the season total in one afternoon.  But that wasn’t the only excitement this week, let’s take a look.   The Miami Marlins made the news last week when they drew 6,150 fans on Wednesday night, a number that was surpassed by their own AA affiliate in Jacksonville.  The rest of the story? The AA Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp weren’t the only minor league team to outdraw the Marlins that night.  In […]

Below the Box Score: 2018 MLB Attendance, Weather, and Ejections. ...


Our first full week of the season and it feels like we’re fully back in the swing of things. Besides some weird things regarding scheduling due to MLB’s wishes to give home team’s a day off mid series to protect home openers, everything looks as it should this week. With one notable exception. For the first time in a long time, the NL has completely dominated the ejections race thus far. This week was the biggest separator the NL has ever had over the AL with all five weekly ejections happening on the Senior Circuit.  American League teams surely calling […]

Below the Box Score: 2018 MLB Attendance, Ejections, & Weather. ...


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 […]

Below the Box Score, 2018 MLB Attendance, Ejections, and Weather: ...



For every week this year, we reviewed the lowest attendance throughout college basketball. Ultimately, we set a new record for lowest attended college basketball game ever, while a game that was closed to the public managed to still outdraw a dozen games this season. This year, the average D-I college basketball game was attended by 4,686 people, while the median attendance was 2,733. The mode? 7,637. We’ll get to that in a minute. Overall, 41 of 351 teams (that’s 11.7%, you know) averaged fewer than 1,000 fans per game, while 39 (11.1%) averaged above 10,000 fans per game. Of all […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance: 2017-2018 Season in Review!


We’ve heard it before: The Road to the Final Four is long and painful.  But exactly how long is it?  For some of the teams, it seems like they always get opening round games right down the road.  For the rest of us, it seems like our team has to cross nine time zones to even get to the Sweet 16. Well, I did the work so you didn’t have to. Using some base assumptions, I plugged in the numbers to see who, exactly, has the longest way still to go.  The answer may surprise you.   Assumptions: During the […]

The Long Road to the 2018 Final Four: How Far ...


Conference tournaments wrapped up this week, and with it our weekly column comes to a wrap.  Next week we’ll have a review of the full season, but there was still some great #content this week.  Despite many of the smaller conferences, including AMSTS’ arch-enemy Conference USA not reporting attendance, some of the lower attended games were not reported.  We won’t let that stop us from having a bottom three, so let’s get right to it: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 3 (Season total: 727) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Northern Colorado vs […]

NCAA Basketball Attendance, Conference Championship Week: Still Three Below 1000!