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Red Sox Name John Ferrell Manager, Send SS Aviles to Toronto as Compensation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 21 October 2012 13:20

John Ferrell

The man the Red Sox had had on their radar is now officially their new manager. Boston has announced that they have acquired Manager John Farrell from the Toronto Blue Jays and agreed to a three-year contract that will run through 2015 (financial terms were not reveals). As compensation to the Blue Jays, to whom Farrell was under contract through 2013, the Red Sox sent shortstop Mike Aviles and received in return right-handed pitcher David Carpenter. The Red Sox sought and received permission from Toronto to talk directly to Farrell and made the agreement late last night.  The transaction was agreed upon by both clubs, and was contingent upon the Red Sox reaching an agreement with Farrell for their managerial position.

Farrell, 50, was the Red Sox’ pitching coach from 2007-10, a period in which the staff held opponents to an American League-low .254 batting average and led the league in strikeouts (4,771).  Farrell is the seventh manager in major league history acquired by one club while under contract to another.

“I’m extremely excited to be returning to the Red Sox and to Boston,” said Farrell.  “I love this organization.  It’s a great franchise in a special city and region, with great fans, and we want nothing more than to reward their faith in us.”

“We are thrilled to name John Farrell as our new manager,” said Executive Vice-President/General Manager Ben Cherington, who made the announcement.  “John has been a major league pitcher, front office executive, coach, and manager.  His broad set of experiences, and exceptional leadership skills, make him the ideal person to lead our team.  I have known him in various capacities throughout my career, and I hold him in the highest regard as a baseball man and as a person.”

Under Farrell, the Blue Jays finished 81-81 (.500) in 2011 and 73-89 (.451) in 2012.  Prior to joining the Red Sox in 2007, Farrell spent five years as Director of Player Development for the Cleveland Indians (November, 2001-November, 2006).  The Indians earned “Organization of the Year” honors in 2003 and 2004 from USA Today’s Sports Weekly and were named by Baseball America as the top farm system in 2003.

“We met some outstanding managerial candidates in this process,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino.  “John Farrell brings a unique blend of managerial experience, leadership and presence, pitching expertise, front office experience, and an established track record with many members of our uniformed staff and members of our front office.  He will hit the ground running.”

When Farrell was Boston’s pitching coach, right-hander Clay Buchholz and southpaw Jon Lester were All-Stars.  In his first year with the Red Sox, the club won the 2007 World Series.  They reached the postseason each of his first three seasons in Boston.

Compensation to acquire a manager from another club has been required four times previously, and 52 years ago, two managers were traded for each other.  In September, 2011, Miami acquired Ozzie Guillen and right-hander Ricardo Andres from the White Sox and sent right-hander Jhan Marinez and infielder Ozzie Martinez.  In October, 2002, Tampa Bay acquired Lou Piniella and infielder Antonio Perez from Seattle and sent outfielder Randy Winn.  In November, 1976, Pittsburgh acquired Chuck Tanner and cash from Oakland and sent catcher Manny Sanguillen.  In November, 1967, the Mets acquired Gil Hodges from Washington and sent right-hander Bill Denehy and cash.  During the 1960 season, managers Joe Gordon and Jimmy Dykes were swapped by Cleveland and Detroit, respectively.

In Farrell’s first year as the Red Sox’ pitching coach, the staff led the American League with a 3.87 ERA (618 ER/1,438.2 IP).  Red Sox pitchers also led the AL in strikeouts with 1,185 in 2008 and 1,207 in 2010.  From 2007-10, hurlers posted the third-best ERA in the league, 4.11 (2,637 ER/5,778.1 IP).

The move by the Red Sox comes after the firing of Bobby Valentine, who lasted just one tulmoltous season in Boston after finishing just 69-93, last in the AL East.

Aviles, 31, played 136 games for the Red Sox in 2012, primarily at shortstop (128 games).  He hit .250 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI.

Carpenter, 27, has struck out 60 in 60 innings over 67 career major league games, all in relief, with the Astros (2011-12) and Blue Jays (2012).  He is 1-5 with one save and a 5.70 ERA (38 ER) in his big league career.

The right-hander appeared in 33 major league games in 2012, including 30 with the Astros prior to being sent to the Blue Jays in a 10-player trade July 20.  In 2012, he also pitched in 23 minor league games for Houston’s Triple-A club in Oklahoma City and Toronto’s Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, posting a 1-1 record with four saves, a 3.08 ERA (9 ER/26.1 IP), with 25 strikeouts and only seven walks in 26.1 innings.

He made his major league debut with the Astros in 2011, and was 1-3 with a 2.93 ERA (9 ER/27.2 IP) while striking out 29 in 27.2 innings in 34 outings.

Originally a catcher, Carpenter converted to pitching mid-way through the 2008 season.  Since that time, he has averaged 9.56 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (215 K/202.1 IP) while compiling a 12-9 record with 53 saves and a 3.02 ERA (68 ER) in 178 career minor league games exclusively in relief.

Source: Boston Red Sox


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With Yankees in the Mix, TBS Sees Ratings Increase for LCS Coverage Over 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 19 October 2012 15:36

LCS

TBS reports today that the American League Championship Series (ALCS), between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees is up considerably over their postseason coverage from last season, but then, that should be expected. This year, TBS saw the Yankees, a ratings powerhouse nationally, along with the Tigers. The ALCS averaged 5,924,000 total viewers, an increase of 28 percent over last year’s average of 4,612,000 total viewers for the network’s coverage of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), but that included the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers.  While strong baseball markets, and the Cardinals have exceptionally strong history, there was bound to be a bump in this year’s ALCS coverage. Still, a 28 percent increase is nothing to sneeze at. The network’s ALCS coverage averaged a 3.8 U.S. household rating, up 31 percent over an average 2.9 U.S. household rating for the NLCS last year.  

Additional ALCS highlights provided by TBS add some context in their favor in regards to when the games were played:

  • In 2012, TBS aired two ALCS games in primetime (Saturday’s Game 1 and Tuesday’s Game 3) and two afternoon telecasts (Sunday’s Game 2 and Thursday’s Game 4).
  • In primetime, the Yankees/Tigers games averaged a 4.1 U.S. household rating and 6.6 million total viewers.
  • The two afternoon telecasts averaged a 3.3 U.S. household rating and 5.2 million total viewers.
    In 2011, TBS aired five NLCS games in primetime and one contest during the day.

Yesterday afternoon’s ALCS Game 4 (4-7:48 p.m. ET) averaged a 3.5 U.S. household rating and 5,251,000 total viewers. Locally, the ALCS Game 4 telecast registered a 30.6 metered market rating in Detroit – the highest local rating for any market during the 2012 MLB Postseason on TBS – and an 8.7 metered market rating in New York.


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MLB 2012 LCS Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 12 October 2012 23:30

2012 NLCS

The following is the national broadcast schedule for the American League and the National League Championship Series.  TBS will provide national coverage of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees. FOX Sports will provide national coverage of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.  ESPN Radio will provide complete coverage of all League Championship Series games, and additional live coverage will be provided by SiriusXM Radio, MLB International and MLB.com.

Date

Game

Network

Time (ET)

Sat., Oct. 13th

ALCS Game 1, DET @ NYY

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 14th

ALCS Game 2, DET @ NYY

TBS

4:07 p.m.

NLCS Game 1, STL @ SF

FOX

8:15 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 15th

NLCS Game 2, STL @ SF

FOX

8:07 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 16th

ALCS Game 3, NYY @ DET

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 17th

NLCS Game 3, SF @ STL

FOX

4:07 p.m.

ALCS Game 4, NYY @ DET

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 18th

ALCS Game 5*, NYY @ DET

TBS

4:07 p.m.

NLCS Game 4, SF @ STL

FOX

8:07 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 19th

NLCS Game 5*, SF @ STL

FOX

8:07 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 20th

ALCS Game 6*, DET @ NYY

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 21st

NLCS Game 6*, STL @ SF^

FOX

4:45 p.m.

ALCS Game 7*, DET @ NYY

TBS

8:15 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 22nd

NLCS Game 7*, STL @ SF

FOX

8:07 p.m.

* indicates if necessary.

^ If ALCS is complete, then NLCS Game 6 will shift to 7:45 p.m. (ET).

Please note that the schedule above is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

Source: Major League Baseball


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MLB's 2012 LDS Seeing Historic Moments Leading Up to Two Game 5s on Fri PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 October 2012 14:13

2012 Division Series

It’s just the League Division Series, right? Well, baseball fans, the 2012 postseason has seen some incredible highlights that all boil down to tonight’s two Game Five’s (Orioles at Yankees, 5:07 p.m. ET, followed by Cardinals at Nationals at 8:37 p.m. ET, both on TBS). Here’s some tidbits:

  • All four Division Series go the full five games for the first time (previous high was 2011, when 19 of potential 20 games were played).
  • The first 16 years of the Wild Card era (1995-2010) saw a total of 14 Division Series Game 5’s. The past two years have treated us to seven.
  • There have been eight one-run games in the Division Series, tied with last year for the most ever (the record for an entire Postseason is 13, also set last year).
  • Jayson Werth’s walk-off home run Thursday was the third walk-off hit of the Division Series (and third in just 20 hours), tying 1981, 1995, 1997 and 2003 for most in a single year of Division Series.
  • The Yankees-Orioles ALDS is only the third Postseason series ever with back-to-back 12+ inning games (2004 ALCS, 1986 NLCS).
  • Justin Verlander became the first pitcher ever with multiple 10+ strikeout performances in a single series. Homer Bailey and Adam Wainwright also had 10+ strikeouts in a start, and the four total performances tie this Division Series with 2010 for the most ever.
  • The Giants became the first team ever to come back from down 0-2 in a Division Series by winning the final three games on the road. They are just the sixth team overall to come back from down 0-2 in the DS.
  • The Yankees & Orioles have played 41 of 43 innings in this ALDS either tied or within one run.

Source: Major League Baseball


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2012 MLB LDS Game Times and Stations for Oct 11, 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:22

2012 MLB Postseason

The following is the confirmed game times for the remaining Division Series games based on this evening’s Game Four win by the Oakland Athletics over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, with the series now tied at two games apiece.

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 5, SF @ CIN

1:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 4, STL @ WSH

4:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 4, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 5, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

Fri.

Oct. 12th

ALDS Game 5, BAL @ NYY

5:07 p.m. (ET)%

TBS

Fri.

Oct. 12th

NLDS Game 5, STL @ WSH

8:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Italics above denote If Necessary

%   Shifts to 7:07 p.m. (ET) on TBS if STL-WSH series ends on Thursday, October 11th.


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MLB Releases Remainder of 2012 LDS Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:10

2012 MLB Postseason

With the Giants and the A’s staving off elimination yesterday, Major League Baseball has released the remainder of the 2012 League Division Series (LDS) schedule.

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games. 

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Tues.

Oct. 9th

NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN (SF wins, 2-1 in 10 innings)

5:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK (OAK wins, 2-0)

9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 3, STL @ WSH

1:07 p.m. (ET)

MLBN

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 4, SF @ CIN

4:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 3, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)*

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 4, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 5, SF @ CIN

1:07 p.m. (ET)^

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 4, STL @ WSH

4:07 p.m. (ET)^

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 4, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)^

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 5, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

Fri.

Oct. 12th

ALDS Game 5, BAL @ NYY

5:07 p.m. (ET)%

TBS

Fri.

Oct. 12th

NLDS Game 5, STL @ WSH

8:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

 

Italics denote if necessary

*    Shifts to 8:37 p.m. (ET) on TBS if the CIN-SF and DET-OAK series both end on Tuesday, October 9th.

^    On Thursday, SF-CIN, STL-WSH and BAL-NYY each shift to one hour later if DET-OAK series ends on either Tuesday, October 9th or Wednesday, October 10th.

%   Shifts to 7:07 p.m. (ET) on TBS if STL-WSH series ends on Thursday, October 11th.

MLB Network will air the St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Game 3 on Wednesday afternoon, while Turner Sports will air the remainder of the Division Series games (up to 18 games total).  ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2012 MLB Postseason games.


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MLB Releases 2012 LDS Schedule Through Weds. PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:42

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As MLB's 2012 postseason rolls on, here are the start times and network broadcast partners for the LDS through Weds.

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Mon.

Oct. 8th

NLDS Game 2, WSH @ STL (STL wins, 12-4, Series 1-1)

4:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Mon.

Oct. 8th

ALDS Game 2, NYY @ BAL (BAL wins, 3-2, Series 1-1))

8:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN

5:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK

9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 3, STL @ WSH

1:07 p.m. (ET)

MLBN

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 4, SF @ CIN

4:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 3, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)*

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 4, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

 

*Shifts to 8:37 p.m. (ET) on TBS if the CIN-SF and DET-OAK series both end on Tuesday, October 9th

MLB Network will air the St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Game 3 on Wednesday afternoon, while Turner Sports will air the remainder of the Division Series games (up to 18 games total).  ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2012 MLB Postseason games.

Source: Major League Baseball


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TBS Pulls a 3.7 Overnight Rating For MLB's First-Ever Wild Card Games PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 October 2012 16:37

 

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Whether the ratings were good or bad, these numbers are historic. After all, it’s the first time that MLB has had the Wild Card play-in games where the winner moves on the LDS and the loser starts booking tee-times. The games, which saw the Cardinals beat the Braves 6-3 and the Orioles win over the Rangers 5-1 was dripping with compelling stories. Both road teams won, it was Chipper Jones’ last game of his career, the Orioles were back in the playoffs after a drought of 14 years, and along the way there was the “Infield Fly Rule” debacle, and a host of errors by the Braves.

So how did it rank on television? While the NFL must surely be laughing, TBS’s exclusive live doubleheader coverage of Major League Baseball’s first-ever Wild Card averaged a 3.7 overnight rating, based on Nielsen overnight ratings. The network’s telecasts, marking the start of the 2012 MLB Postseason, were up 12 percent compared with an averaged 3.3 overnight rating for the entire Division Series last year. When compared to last year’s opening day of the MLB Postseason (Texas vs. Tampa Bay, ALDS Game 1 – 2.3 overnight rating), the Wild Card games are up 61 percent.

The question is, will it all continue? We’ll find out as MLB goes head-to-head with NCAA Football on Saturday and the NFL on Sunday.


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MLB Releases Updated 2012 Postseason Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 October 2012 13:51

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UPDATE: With the Cardinals and the Orioles winning their one-game Wild Card play-ins, the schedule below has been updated to reflect in the ALDS and NLDS.

MLB has released more of the 2012 postseason schedule. Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Fri.

Oct. 5th

N.L. Wild Card Game, STL @ ATL

5:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Fri.

Oct. 5th

A.L. Wild Card Game, BAL @ TEX

8:37 p.m. (ET)/7:37 p.m. (CT)

TBS

Sat.

Oct. 6th

ALDS Game 1, OAK @ DET

6:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Sat.

Oct. 6th

NLDS Game 1, CIN @ SF

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Sun.

Oct. 7th

ALDS Game 2, OAK @ DET

12:07 p.m. (ET)

MLBN

Sun.

Oct. 7th

NLDS Game 1, WSH @ STL

3:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Sun.

Oct. 7th

ALDS Game 1, NYY @ BAL

6:15 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Sun.

Oct. 7th

NLDS Game 2, CIN @ SF

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Mon.

Oct. 8th

NLDS Game 2, WSH @ STL

4:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Mon.

Oct. 8th

ALDS Game 2, NYY @ BAL

8:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN

5:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK

9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT)

TBS

 

TBS will air up to 18 of the potential Division Series games, while MLB Network will air a Division Series game on Sunday, October 7th and Wednesday, October

For the first time in its four-year history, MLB Network will exclusively televise a Postseason game as Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat call Game Two of the American League Division Series featuring the Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers this Sunday, October 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET, live from Comerica Park.

  • The game marks Kaat’s return to an MLB Postseason telecast for the first time in 17 years and Vasgersian’s first-ever MLB Postseason call after being the play-by-play voice for the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres for eleven seasons before joining MLB Network in 2009.
  • Bob Costas will join Kaat in the broadcast booth to call MLB Network’s second exclusive LDS game telecast on Wednesday, October 10.
    • Wednesday’s game will mark Costas’s first MLB Postseason game call since the 2000 ALCS.
  • Sam Ryan will serve as reporter for both LDS game telecasts on MLB Network.
  • Both game telecasts will be available across the country exclusively on MLB Network, including Detroit and Oakland’s home television territories.
  • MLB Network will air complete coverage of the 2012 Postseason, including previews, highlights, analysis, interviews and press conferences across all of its studio programming. MLB Tonight will air live before and after every Postseason game, with reporters on-site at each ballpark during the Division Series and Championship Series, and MLB Tonight and Intentional Talk on the road during the World Series.
  • 2008 World Series champion Jimmy Rollins and two-time American League champion Omar Vizquel will serve as in-studio guest analysts on MLB Tonight during the League Division Series.

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Marlins Attendance Worst for New Ballpark Since 2000 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 October 2012 12:59

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UPDATED: Miller Park was accidentally omitted from the table below. We apologize for an inconvience.
It was a “good news/bad news” season for the Miami Marlins. They began the 2011-12 off-season as sparkling darlings at the Baseball Winter Meetings, seemingly involved in nearly every free agent derby, and eventually landing Jose Reyes (6 years/$106 million (2012-17), plus 2018 option), Heath Bell (3 years/$27 million (2012-14), plus 2015 option, and Mark Buehle (4 years/$58 million (2012-15)) to deals. Along the way, they picked up Carlos Zambrano and Carlos Lee, not the best signings, but still, an improvement over what the club had done in years past.

Of course, it was all fueled by the fact that the club was moving into a new market and a new stadium. In doing so, as is always the case, there would be an attendance bounce. Given a retractable-roof, a baseball-only facility, and better demographics in Miami, a sizeable attendance boost was expected.

With the 2012 season in the books, it can be said that the Marlins saw a sizeable bump from their last season in Sun Life Stadium, averaging 27,400 compared to 19,007 in 2011. It ranks as MLB’s largest average increase for the season at 44.16 percent.

As attendance for a new ballpark opening, it’s historic… as in a bad way.

There have been 14 new ballparks opened in MLB since 2000 and the Marlins will have the dubious distinction of having the worst average attendance for a new opening out of the lot. You have to go to the Washington Nationals at 29,005, or 1,605 per game more to get to the 12th worst. Yes, Washington, D.C. is a top-five market, so it isn’t exactly like this is something the Nationals should be proud of back in 2008. Nationals Park is also larger, so the Marlins are saved by one metric (the Nats total attendance rank for their opening year was worst (20th) with the Marlins (18th) coming is second to last).  Nationals Park is also open-air, meaning less walk-ups due to rainouts, rain delays, or the threat of bad weather. You can make excuses for either market, but the point is, it’s a matter of comparing “bad” to “worse.”

The following is a listing of new ballpark openings ranked by worst to first by average attendance in that season, and the rank by total attendance.

Who

Opened

Avg

Rank

Miami

4/4/2012

27,400

18

Washington

3/22/2008

29,005

20

Cinncinati

3/31/2003

29,077

13

Pittsburgh

3/31/2001

30,839

17

Detroit

4/11/2000

31,280

17

Milwaukee 4/6/2001 34,704 12

San Diego

4/8/2004

37,243

9

Houston

4/7/2000

37,730

9

New York Mets

3/29/2009

38,941

7

Minnesota

4/12/2010

39,798

6

Philadelphia

4/3/2004

40,626

5

San Francisco

3/31/2000

40,930

3

St. Louis

4/10/2006

42,588

3

New York Yankees

4/4/2012

45,918

2


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