Presenting, Baseball-Reference's year-to-year attendance trend chart through April 30, 2013 games.
Most attendance trends are about what we'd expect. The Dodgers and Blue Jays made the splashiest changes since last May, and their fans bought into it before Opening Day. A few surprises include the returns in Boston and Texas.
The Red Sox and Rangers have the best and second best records in baseball, respectively. Yet, they are drawing about 5,000 and 3,000 fewer fans per game than they did at this point last year.
Cleveland's April attendance is not trending too badly year-to-year, but it is the worst in the league. What has the weather been like in Cleveland? How are the 2013 Cleveland Indians underdrawing the Miami Marlins? They're drawing at about the same rate as last season. I haven't been watching much Weather Channel lately; does Cleveland turn into Siberia in April?
The Marlins are outdrawing Cleveland by over 4,300 fans per game. Cleveland's dismal attendance is a terrible business return for investing in Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and others this winter.
Here is Cleveland's attendance in April 2013 home games:
|Monday, Apr 8||NYY||41,567|
|Tuesday, Apr 9||NYY||12,663|
|Friday, Apr 12||CHW||11,864|
|Saturday, Apr 13||CHW||11,422|
|Sunday, Apr 14||CHW||11,682|
|Tuesday, Apr 16||BOS||9,143|
|Wednesday, Apr 17||BOS||10,282|
|Thursday, Apr 18||BOS||12,936|
|Tuesday, Apr 30||PHI||10,841|
The A's, Royals, and Mariners have essentially the same per game attendance as the shamed Marlins, at about 19,000 per game.
Oakland's attendance continues to underperform their on-field accomplishments. The ballpark remains an issue, but should that be enough to cost Oakland fans the chance to have a Major League team on their side of the Bay?
The Royals look dangerously close to taking over the hearts of Kansas City once again, as their .583 winning percentage is the 8th best in Baseball. They are just a half game behind the first-place Tigers. Sabermetrically inclined Royals fans would be pleased to know their 14-10 record matches up perfectly with their Pythagorian Win-Loss. PECOTA playoff odds on Baseball Prospectus currently gives them a 23% chance to make the postseason, which is better than Baltimore's and three times as high as Toronto's.
In Seattle, the retractable roof eliminates most weather issues that could affect attendance, and we know it has to do with disappointing results over the past few years. Mariners fans are calling for an allegorical guillotine for Jack Z and the scapegoats.
The Mariners are 12-17, with an offense taking them nowhere. Remember when we thought the Mariners offense was bad last season, as they averaged an AL-worst 3.8 runs scored per game? This year, they're scoring 3.3 runs per game.
|Dustin Ackley's 56% GB% is driving fans mad.|
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