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Friday, September 20, 2019

Rays-Marlins attendance was one of the saddest sights in baseball

The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are the two lowest-ranked teams in baseball in home attendance, so you can probably imagine the type of crowd that turned out when they faced each other on Tuesday night. Somehow, it still seemed worse than expected.

The Marlins have averaged just 9,515 fans at home games this year, which is even significantly less than Tampa’s average of 14,540. On Tuesday night, the reported attendance at Marlins park was 6,306. This photo from Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times indicates about 6,000 of them weren’t in their seats:

That’s just sad.

How bad has the Marlins’ attendance been through the years? They were even outdrawn by one college baseball team last year. The Rays haven’t been much better, and it’s clear no one had any interest in Tampa’s 4-0 win on Tuesday night. Derek Jeter is supposed to help change that, but we’re not seeing it.



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