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The regular season has come to an end, and with it goes Below the Box Score.   We’ll have a full season recap for you soon, but first, a look at the last week of the regular season (ignoring both Game 163s here, which will surely be sellouts, right?). With the AAA playoffs being the only minor league baseball still being played, it was hard to get outdrawn by a lot of MiLB, but seven teams did: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Seattle, Kansas City, Chicago White Sox (outdrawn by 2 AAA games), Baltimore, and Minnesota (outdrawn by […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 10/1: ...


With only a handful of days remaining in the season, and the AL Playoff picture already set, interest continues to wane in the also-rans. Eight teams managed crowds below 20,000 last week, including the AL Central leading Indians. Four averaged below the mark, with the Orioles averaging below 10,000 on the full week.  Only four teams managed to draw over 40,000 with only the Astros not averaging above that level. With the AAA playoffs being the only minor league baseball being played, it was hard to get outdrawn by a lot of MiLB, but four teams did: MLB teams outdrawn […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/24: ...


Editor note: Apologies about the delays and the short version of BtBS for this week. We’ll be back at full force next week With the ejection race seemingly settled, as well as a lot of playoff races, there weren’t much surprises this week in MLB.   Unsurprisingly, the hapless Orioles had trouble drawing fans for a few games against playoff-bound Oakland, with only 9,141 in attendance, less than a couple of AAA playoff games taking place this week. They were joined by a few other teams: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Baltimore (outdrawn by 2 AAA games), Tampa and Cincinnati […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/17: ...



After last week, the American League had narrowed the ejection gap between the two leagues down to one ejection.  Upon hearing this news from their diligent reading of AMSTS, the National League decided that this was the week to start putting an effort in.  THIRTEEN ejections by the NL alone, compared to the AL’s one.  A new weekly record for 2018 ejections.  Has the NL done it? Have they clinched their first ejection title in the past four years?  Stay tuned throughout September.   Twelve teams, a majority of the teams that hosted MLB games last week, saw crowds of […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/10: ...


The American League took their time, waiting in the water all season, letting the National League think they’d win their first ejections title since AMSTS has been tracking the thing.  That is, until September rolled around.  The Junior Circuit finally got serious about winning the ejections race and pulled to within one ejection of the NL. With only a few more weeks left, it truly has come down to the wire, our first interesting ejections race in four years!   Attendance fell off, as it often does, for teams that are out of it. The only playoff contender to draw […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 9/3: ...


Teams really outdid themselves last week trying to attract fewer fans than normal.  The Marlins continued to dominate the game, however, with only 6,587 showing up to see the Braves on Thursday. However, the A’s, Rays, Pirates, and White Sox also joined the Marlins in being outdrawn by AAA teams on the week. The twist?  The first time in a while were AA teams outdrew more than one team (with the Rays and A’s joining the Marlins), while two teams (the Marlins and Rays) were outdrawn by SINGLE-A CLUBS.  Sad! Here’s your matrix:   MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 8/27: ...



The National League strikes back this week with seven ejections to the AL’s one, meaning we once again have separation in the season ejection rate. Attendance continued to be high, reaching the highest level of the season, with no games under 10,000 in attendance all week!  Only six teams managed below 20,000, while seven managed over the 40,000 mark.  Even still, the A’s managed to be outdrawn by minor league games last week:   MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Oakland (outdrawn by 10 AAA games) MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams:  None! MLB teams outdrawn by Single-A teams:  Oakland (outdrawn by 1 […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 8/20: ...


It was the highest ejection week in the last three months last week, with eight ejections across the bigs last week.  The American League continues its gradual cut into the NL lead, reducing the margin to NL 60, AL 58 after this week. The NL looking to win the ejections race for the first time in four seasons.  Stay tuned, September will have a close race after all! Attendance continued to be high, but the Marlins played a home series, so that meant sub 10,000 attendances are back in play. Joining the Marlins in the sub-10,000 club are the Rays, […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 8/13: ...


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 […]

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



Attendance was great last week, with a third of the league reporting a game with greater than 40,000 in attendance. Given that the American League playoffs seem to already be set at the end of July, this is particularly impressive.  As for the bad…. another Marlins home stand.  And with that, the Marlins once again were the only team to not draw 10,000 on the week.  They were only joined by the Orioles in being outdrawn by minor league teams:   MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (outdrawn by 29 AAA games), Baltimore (outdrawn by 3 AAA games) MLB teams […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 7/30: ...


A short update this week, with the All-Star break limiting the number of games played on the week, but not the number of records set!  Only the Rays were outdrawn by a handful of minor league teams last week, a big improvement over most weeks.  The short overview: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Tampa (outdrawn by 4 AAA games) MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams:  Tampa (outdrawn by 1 AA game) MLB teams outdrawn by Single-A teams:  None!   The other big story of the week is the NL blanking the AL 5-0 in the ejections race. After doubts were raised last […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 7/23: ...


Once again the Marlins were the only team to be outdrawn by minor league teams last week.  But it gets worse. The Miami Marlins are the first team since AMSTS has tracked MLB and MiLB attendance to ever be outdrawn by a Rookie League team in the same week.  The Ogden Raptors drew 5,368 on Friday night for their game against the Missoula Osprey, while on Wednesday the Marlins managed only 5,265 against the Brewers. The overview: MLB teams outdrawn by AAA teams:  Miami (below 47 AAA games) MLB teams outdrawn by AA teams:  Miami (below 19 AA games) MLB teams outdrawn […]

MLB 2018 Ejections, Attendance & Weather – Week of 7/16: ...