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MLB Attendance Tracker for Sat 5/21: Weather, Winning Makes Interleague Shine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown and David Simmons   
Sunday, 22 May 2011 14:19

MLBCharlie Sheen came up with “#Winning”, but Major League Baseball is the winner today after Saturday’s interleague numbers are in.

Attendance was up 3 percent from the same Sat last season with an average of 36,451 over 15 games this year compared to 35,496 over 14 last season.

The second day of the first series of interleague play saw 8 sellouts, with one of them being the lone intraleague series between the Brewers and Rockies.

The big winner yesterday was the Cleveland Indians. Winning and good weather came together and gave the club their first non-Opening Day sellout since May 24, 2008 when they played the Texas Rangers.

If you’re looking below and asking how being 2,914 shy of capacity constitutes a sellout, here’s what the Indians have to say. The sellout figure varies, but 41,721 was the club’s Opening Day sellout figure. That would make reaching sellout a more reasonable 1,090. According to the Indians, that threshold was broken with comps related to several  factors including rainout exchanges, Club Seat benefit for season ticket holders, group leader tickets, fan appreciation coupons from last Sept, etc.

Related to sellout numbers, the Angels inform The Biz of Baseball that their sellout threshold number is 43,500.

And, no, we haven’t forgotten about the Pittsburgh Pirates. Riding high after now winning four straight, drew a sellout yesterday, which begs the question: Are the Pirates on the path to becoming relevant again after 18 consecutive losing seasons?

In terms of how interleague on Sat fared compared to last season on the Saturday of first interleague, all the “natural rivalry” games drew considerably better than last season:

Rivalry % (+/-) Notes
Reds and Indians 59% Both at Cleveland
Mets and Yankees 17% At NYY this year
Orioles and Nationals 58% At Camden this year
Giants and A's 20% At SFO this year
Padres and Mariners 21% At SD this year

 

In terms of clubs that hosted games in the first series of interleague last season (albeit with different opponents in 2010 than 2011), all clubs, minus the White Sox, drew more on Saturday than the same Saturday last season:

Club % (+/-) Notes
Phillies 0.6% vs Red Sox in 2010
Pirates 43% vs Braves in 2010
White Sox -10% vs Marlins in 2010
D-Backs 21% vs Blue Jays in 2010
Royals 54% vs Rockies in 2010

Here’s the complete breakdown of attendance for Saturday:

Road

Home

Sat
Attendance

Capacity

Sell-Thru

Notes

TX

PHI

45,604

43,647

104%

Sellout. Cliff Lee start vs former team

CHC

BOS

37,798

36,945

102%

Sellout

COL

MIL

42,240

41,900

101%

Sellout. Lone intraleague game between NL teams

OAK

SFG

42,152

41,915

101%

Sellout. Lincecum start. Cap Giveaway

DET

PIT

37,958

38,362

99%

Sellout. Neil Walker Bobblehead giveaway

ATL

LAA

43,511

45,281

96%

Sellout

NYM

NYY

48,286

50,287

96%

Sellout

CIN

CLE

40,631

43,545

93%

First non-Opening Day sellout since May 24, 2008 vs. Texas. Indians report lots of comps and season tix redeems

STL

KC

32,229

38,177

84%


MIN

AZ

39,776

48,652

82%


SEA

SD

34,648

42,500

82%


WSH

BAL

33,107

45,971

72%


LAD

CWS

25,519

40,615

63%


TB

FL

21,814

36,331

60%


HOU

TOR

21,494

49,539

43%


Total over 15 games

546,767

643,667

85%


Sell-Thru = Percentage of capacity


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David SimmonsDavid Simmons is a graduate of the University of Central Florida who worked in the front office of the Los Angeles Dodgers over 4 seasons and has a decade of ticketing experience.. He serves as CFO for Players For The Planet and currently resides in Baltimore. You can follow David on Twitter @davidesimmons

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