Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Turnout on pace to rise again

The extra playoff spot in Major League Baseball this season has thickened the races, with several teams well within October's reach despite taking mediocre records into the stretch run.

That's having an impact in the seats, as has some good weather, signs of life in the economy and other factors. MLB-wide attendance is up again, about 4 percent from 2011.

"There are more teams that have a shot, so it's given teams a lot of hope," said Lou DePaoli, chief marketing officer for the Pirates.

MLB's eight best season attendance totals have all come in the past eight years, and this one is on pace to keep that run going.

The major-league average of 31,516 through Monday was up 4.3 percent from 2011's final average of 30,229, according to STATS LLC, but remains below the pre-recession highs of 32,785 in 2007 and 32,528 the following year. The average usually declines in September, after schools are back in session.

The defending World Series champion Cardinals have been selling an average of 3,383 more tickets per game from last year, even after losing megastar Albert Pujols. They're on track to hit 3 million for the 14th time in the past 15 seasons.

The Rays have seen a boost, too, though a more modest one. They've drawn 1,213,768 fans through 59 home games, an average of 20,572. That's still the lowest total in the majors, but it's 6.4 percent more than last season's 19,327 per game through 59 games.

PETTITTE CAUTIOUS: Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte told ESPN that if he has another setback in his rehab, he might not pitch again this season. Pettitte, on the DL with a fractured left fibula, was shut down in late July because of swelling, and he estimated it cost him about 10 days of rehab. "Now we're probably going to be overcautious and figure out what we can do to make sure I'm back and what do I need to get ready," he told the website.

METS GET SHOPPACH: The Mets acquired former Rays C Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox for a player to be named following a waiver claim. Shoppach, 32, is expected to start against left-handers.

ANGELS: Pitching coach Mike Butcher was suspended for one game after an argument Sunday over balls and strikes. Major League Baseball also fined Butcher an undisclosed amount.

ATHLETICS: 3B Brandon Inge went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder. 3B Josh Donaldson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. … LHP Dallas Braden, who hasn't pitched in the majors since April 16, 2011, because of a torn anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder, will have a second, exploratory surgery on the shoulder.

BLUE JAYS: Backup C Jeff Mathis agreed to a two-year, $3 million extension with a $1.5 million club option for 2015. Also, C Yorvit Torrealba agreed to a minor-league contract.

BRAVES: OF Matt Diaz, on the disabled list since July 21 with a right thumb contusion, will have season-ending surgery.

CARDINALS: LH reliever Brian Fuentes went on the restricted list after he told the team he needed time off for personal reasons.

D'BACKS: RH reliever Takashi Saito went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

MARINERS: 1B Mike Carp went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin muscle. 1B Justin Smoak was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

ORIOLES: LHP Troy Patton went on the 15-day disabled list after he sprained his right ankle walking in a parking garage. Patton said he rolled the ankle, which he had hurt twice before this season.

PHILLIES: RHP Vance Worley said he will continue to pitch through a bone chip in his elbow and wait until the offseason to have surgery.

Turnout on pace to rise again 08/14/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 9:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Twins eventually cash in as Rays lose, fall back to .500 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays could only battle their way out of trouble for so long Saturday afternoon before succumbing in a 5-2 loss to the Twins.

    Minnesota Twins pitcher Adalberto Mejia, right, makes the tag at the plate on Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza Jr. who attempted to score on a runner's fielders' choice in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Minneapolis. AP Photo/Jim Mone) MNJM103
  2. Rays Tales: The stories behind Corey Dickerson's ascension

    The Heater

    The 25 pounds DH/LF Corey Dickerson lost during the winter through diet and exercise are considered the primary reason for his ascension to one of the American League's most productive hitters, going into the weekend leading in hits, multi-hit games and total bases, and ranked in the top five in average, runs and …

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) connects for a sac fly, scores Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Steve Pearce (28) in the fourth inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
  3. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 12:45: Cash said Robertson was taking better swings Friday and so he wanted to move him up today, liking the idea of having three straight right-handers vs. a LHP they don't know much about. ... Souza was still smiling this morning about his failed dive attempt last night, and the reaction it got. .. The …

  4. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) celebrates with his team on the bench after beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) to score his second goal of the period and to tie the score at 4 to 4 during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/27/17).
  5. Why the Lightning should keep Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    Keep him.

    Jonathan Drouin is live bait. The Lightning is ready to run the hook through him and cast him out there again. Drouin has enough talent for the Lightning to meet some defensive needs in a deal.

    Keep him.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates after beating Los Angeles Kings goalie Peter Budaj during the first period of Tuesday's win in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]