Final 2013 Major League Attendances In The MLB
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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It is funny how all of the top Free Agents have been signing with the American League teams in recent years.
Out of the 1.5 Billion Dollars in contracts offered this winter to guys, more than 1.1 Billion of those bucks have been given to guys like the M’s Robinson Cano (10 YRs.$240 MIL), Jacoby Ellsbury (7 YRs/$153 MIL), Shin-Soo Choo (7 YRs/$130 MIL) and potentially 6 YRs/$100 MIL for Brian McCann (5 YRs/85 MIL is guaranteed.).
For these reasons, you would think the AL is dominating the attendance every year.
As you will read here, they are not.
New Marlins BallPark 2012
The National League may not have the top players in the game on offense, yet they feature some of the best attendances in the game of MLB. They possess the top 3 spots in overall ballpark crows – with the Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants fans.
Despite missing the playoffs for the 1st time since 2008, and only the 2nd time since the 1994 strike, the New York Yankees still led the AL in attendance.
The NL held 14 of the top 22 spots overall.
The Toronto Blue Jays fans came through the turnstiles more on improvement from 2012 to 2013 than any other club in the Majors, boosting up 436, 899 fans for the whole year – or 5394 people per game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers surged up the most in the NL at 419, 821 fans or 5176 Dodger Blue Faithful.
it is important to note that both franchises saw significant spikes in team salaries though as well. The Dodgers were 2nd in overall team salaries, while the Jays spent more dough than any other year for one campaign in their history.
15 out of the 30 clubs were up in attendance, although attendance suffered a dip 808,972 fans in 2013, (a mere 333 people per game. Most of that can be attributed to the Miami Marlins plummeting 633, 122 fans from 2012 – 2013.
Minnesota saw the biggest loss at the turnstiles in 2013, losing 298, 710 fans from the previous season, as it was their 3rd straight year of seeing about that much walk away from the ballyard since Target Field opened in 2010.
Both Florida teams hold the distinction of having the worst attended home parks.
The National League West Division saw the most attendance overall at 14.2 MIL for the 5 clubs (19.2 % of MLB attendance and 2.84 MIL avg per club.)
The American League Central was the worst attended Division at 10.65 MIL fans (14.4% share of MLB Attendance and just 2.13 MIL average per team.)
The NL outdrew the AL by 4.84 Million fans, and held down 53.3 % of the attendance.
74, 026, 885 people witnessed a game in MLB parks in 2013. The sport is growing to over an 8 Billion Dollar Revenue generator, with roughly 3.35 Billion paid out in player salaries – representing about a 40% stake of the profits.
For those keeping score at home, that is a fair value in contrast to other 4 major sports, where the players all make less of a percentage of the pie.
|1||LAD||3,743,527||1st NL||1st NLW||46216.38|
|2||STL||3,369,769||2nd NL||1st NLC||41602.09|
|3||SFG||3,369,106||3rd NL||2nd NLW||41087.09|
|4||NYY||3,279,589||1st AL||1sT ALE||40488.75|
|5||TEX||3,178,273||2nd AL||1sT ALW||38759.43|
|6||DET||3,083,397||3rd AL||1st ALC||38066.63|
|7||LAA||3,019,505||4th AL||2nd ALW||37277.84|
|8||PHI||3,012,403||4th NL||1st NLE||37190.16|
|9||BOS||2,833,333||5th AL||2nd ALE||34979.42|
|10||COL||2,793,828||5th NL||3rd NLW||34491.7|
|11||WSN||2,652,422||6th NL||2nd NLE||32745.95|
|12||CHC||2,642,682||7th NL||2nd NLC||32625.7|
|13||ATL||2,548,679||8th NL||3rd NLE||31465.17|
|14||TOR||2,536,562||6th AL||3rd ALE||31315.58|
|15||MIL||2,531,105||9th NL||3rd NLC||31248.21|
|16||CIN||2,492,059||10th NL||4th NLC||30766.16|
|17||MIN||2,477,644||7th AL||2nd ALC||30588.2|
|18||BAL||2,357,551||8th AL||4th ALE||29105.57|
|19||PIT||2,256,862||11th NL||5th NLC||27862.49|
|20||SDP||2,166,691||12th NL||4th NLW||26749.27|
|21||NYM||2,135,657||13th NL||4th NLE||26366.14|
|22||ARI||2,134,795||14th NL||5th NLW||26355.49|
|23||OAK||1,809,302||9th AL||3rd ALW||22337.06|
|24||CHW||1,768,413||10th AL||3rd ALC||21832.26|
|25||SEA||1,761,546||11th AL||4th ALW||21747.48|
|26||KCR||1,750,754||12th AL||4th ALC||21614.25|
|27||HOU||1,651,883||13th AL||5th ALW||20393.62|
|28||MIA||1,586,322||15th NL||5th NLE||19584.22|
|29||CLE||1,572,926||14th AL||5th ALC||19418.84|
|30||TB||1,510,300||15th AL||5th ALE||18645.68|
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Posted on December 23, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2013 MLB attendance, @MLBreports on twitter, al central, AL East, AL West, All 30 MLB Teams, American league, arizona diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, baltimore orioles, boston red sox, Brian McCann, chicago cubs, chicago white sox, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, cincinnati reds, cleveland indians, colorado rockies, detroit tigers, dodger stadium, houston astros, jacoby ellsbury, kansas city royals, la angels, la dodgers, miami marlins, milwaukee brewers, minnesota twins, national league, new marlins ballpark, new york mets, new york yankees, NL Central, NL east, nl west, oakland athletics, philadelphia phillies, pittsburgh pirates, san diego padres, san francisco giants, seattle mariners, shin-soo choo, skydome, st louis cardinals, tampa bay rays, texas rangers, toronto blue jays, tropicana field, washington nationals. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.