Stat-urday, 1/19/2019

File:Flag of Mexico.svgIn the video I posted yesterday, the President of the Mexican Pacific League stated that attendance for the league has tripled – presumably in the nine years since he became league president. Specifically, he stated that attendance has increased from 1.4 million to 3 million fans. There are many different ways to count attendance (such as ticket sales or how many people go through the turnstiles), so I do not question his numbers. However, the stats posted by suggest that attendance has doubled – not tripled. Regardless, that’s not a bad increase in 9 years.

Below are the stats for the league for 2009 through 2018, as collected by MiLB. Note that Los Algondoneros de Guasave were moved to Jalisco and became Los Charros de Jalisco for the 2014 season.

Total Attendance:
Team 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Aguilas de Mexicali 393,900 450,238 436,262 392,564 346,236 307,730 241,999 214,238 185,051 177,224
Algondoneros de Guasave 144,677 133,263 174,388 179,982 109,612
Caneros de los Mochis 242,322 198,086 229,068 242,453 227,650 200,131 173,658 187,116 201,765 142,500
Charros de Jalisco 333,035 336,030 294,165 281,903 264,484
Mayos de Navojoa 172,603 203,688 222,478 162,582 173,961 159,535 158,590 93,480 38,960 104,631
Naranjeros de Hermosillo 408,513 405,889 425,514 360,324 373,357 396,068 305,890 233,886 219,180 236,970
Tomateros de Culiacan 503,535 502,356 554,737 579,500 345,024 322,420 295,263 276,007 232,739 218,975
Venados de Mazatlan 346,986 241,214 198,589 245,780 214,137 158,066 260,627 178,143 209,192 245,685
Yaquis de Obregon 271,227 246,827 265,301 259,263 249,650 130,642 162,358 164,398 189,819 203,538
Total: 2,672,121 2,584,328 2,626,114 2,524,369 2,194,499 1,819,269 1,731,648 1,521,656 1,456,688 1,439,135
Average Attendance:
Team 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Aguilas de Mexicali 11,936 13,242 12,831 11,546 10,492 9,051 7,118 6,492 5,443 5,212
Algondoneros de Guasave 4,667 3,920 5,129 5,294 3,425
Caneros de los Mochis 7,343 6,003 6,941 7,577 6,696 5,886 5,262 5,670 5,934 4,191
Charros de Jalisco 9,795 9,883 8,914 8,543 7,779
Mayos de Navojoa 5,077 5,991 6,543 5,245 5,436 5,318 4,956 3,015 1,181 3,270
Naranjeros de Hermosillo 12,015 12,300 12,894 10,598 10,981 11,649 8,997 6,879 6,642 6,970
Tomateros de Culiacan 14,810 14,775 16,316 17,044 10,455 9,770 9,227 8,118 6,845 6,636
Venados de Mazatlan 10,843 7,095 5,841 7,448 6,298 4,649 8,145 5,240 6,153 7,226
Yaquis de Obregon 8,219 7,260 8,039 7,625 7,343 3,842 4,775 4,835 5,583 5,986

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca



The Importance of Having Cedric

Cedric Mullins is batting .315 this season with the Bowie Baysox. But that’s not the whole story.

The Bowie Baysox are 60-55 and in first place in the Eastern League Western Division. So far they are 3-5 this month, though they have outscored their opponents 49 to 43. But that’s not the whole story, either.

Last night, the Baysox hit five home runs, scored 14 runs, and beat the Harrisburg Senators 14-2. The Senators, for their part, hit two home runs. Most of the home runs scored in the game can be attributed to Cedric. Yet only one of those home runs was hit by Cedric himself.

This is the story: Last night the Bowie Baysox played the Harrisburg Senators. It also happened to be a night in which a group of boys, approximately 10 to 16 years old, were in attendance at the Baysox game. They were loud and exuberant and they immediately took a liking to the Baysox’ leadoff batter Cedric Mullins.

In the first inning, they began chanting, “Ced-ric Mul-lins” followed by the rhythmic clap, clap, clap-clap-clap so often heard at baseball stadiums. In response, Cedric hit a home run, immediately putting Bowie on the board.

So the boys kept chanting Cedric’s name; it did not matter if the rest of the players were not named Cedric Mullins. After Mullins’ lead off home run, the next batter, Baltimore Orioles rehabbing infielder Ryan Flaherty, singled. The boys chanted. After the next batter made an out, the rehabbing Anthony Santander homered, and the boys chanted.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Then Bowie’s D.J. Stewart homered.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

By the end of the first inning, the Baysox were leading 4-0. For nearly every batter, the group of boys chanted not the batter’s name, but Cedric Mullins’ name. The chanting continued into the top of the second inning, even though the Senators were batting. The young men continued to show their love for Cedric Mullins. So Raudy Read and Drew Ward each hit home runs – for the visiting team.

Baysox 4, Senators 2.

As the game progressed, the boys’ interest in both the game and Mullins ebbed and flowed. But in the bottom of the sixth, as the game got more interesting, their attention again turned to Cedric Mullins after Austin Wynns walked and Erick Salcedo singled. Before his name was even announced, the chanting started all over again, as loud as it had been in the first inning.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

With men on first and second, Mullins singled on a ground ball to Harrisburg’s right fielder, Yadiel Hernandez. Wynns stopped at third, Salcedo at second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The next batter, Flaherty, walked; Wynns scored; Salcedo to third; Mullins to second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Austin Hays to the plate.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The bases are loaded.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

“CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”,

And then Austin Hays hit a grand slam. And the small crowd in the stadium went wild. One by one, they crossed the plate: Salcedo, then Mullins, then Flaherty, then Hays.

Baysox 12, Senators 2.

“Aus-tin Ha-ys (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) …”

The chants may have changed by the end of the game, but with Cedric Mullins, and his fan club’s adoration, the Baysox might never have hit those five home runs last night (nor might the Senators have hit their two). The importance of Cedric Mullins to the outcome of yesterday’s game, and the Baysox’ 2017 success, cannot be overstated.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Baseball with Sound Effects

Just before a particularly lively 6th inning at the Rangers v. A’s game last night, the crowd was getting restless. Two pitchers were warming up in the bullpen as Yu Darvish was beginning to fade.

It was then that the most entertaining part of the game came – before the home run, before the bases were loaded. A’s fans added sound effects to the warm-up pitches:

At first, I wasn’t sure if there was a connection between the warm-up tosses and the sounds. But after watching closely for a few throws, I was sure:

Some teams have the best fans! Thanks, Oakland, for an entertaining night!

~ baseballrebecca

Baseball Weddings

baseball_rose_large_standard_bouquet_2_300In honor of my niece’s wedding today, I thought I’d post some photos from my own wedding from a few years ago. Naturally, we had a baseball theme, complete with nine flower girls and their mini baseball bat “bouquets.” Of course, we also had baseball lapel pins in lieu of boutonnieres, baseball roses, baseball card name placards, and baseball centerpieces.

Of course, Helen, for some reason, chose to go with a non-baseball theme for her wedding. Go figure.

~ baseballrebecca



You know its almost baseball season when …

oriole astronautYou know its almost baseball season when everything starts to remind you of baseball. Yes, for baseball fans that’s ALL the time, but it intensifies as the calendar moves closer to April.  Here are but a few examples – can you add any to my list?

  • The thermometer says its 34 degrees outside and you think, #34 – Bryce Harper.
  • On your daily commute you start taking the slightly longer route that leads past the baseball stadium.
  • You pass Stanton Road and your brain reads the sign as “Giancarlo Stanton Road.”
  • The snow on the ground reminds you of the year it snowed on Opening Day.
  • You find it hard to make plans for weekends in April because it depends on who’s playing that day.
  • You start making room in your bobblehead display case for new additions.
  • You’re humming “Take me out to the ballgame” as you do the dishes.
  • The ad for Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gio cologne makes you think of Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals pitching staff.
  • Instead of astronauts on NASA TV, you see Orioles fans (oh wait – that one’s actually real!)

Baseball is almost here!

~ baseballrebecca

2014 Baseball Resolutions

Fireworks at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CAIt’s that time again for making resolutions.  In fact, Sports On Earth has already published their New Year’s resolutions for every Major League Baseball team.  As we await more 2014 resolutions for MLB teams, such as Sports Illustrated’s resolutions for American and National League teams, or Jose Canseco’s 2014 personal resolutions, how about coming up with our own baseball resolutions? I’ve listed a few of mine below; feel free to add some of yours in the comments section.  Happy New Year!

~ baseballrebecca

Baseballrebecca’s 2014 Baseball Resolutions

  1. Attend more Bowie Baysox games (afterall, they are my hometown team!)
  2. Attend at least one Potomac Nationals game (I neglected them in 2013)
  3. Attend at least one Baysox away game
  4. Go to Spring Training (as usual)
  5. Attend an Orioles playoff game (i.e., they’d better make it!)
  6. Go to a baseball-related museum or exhibit
  7. Finish my next baseball book
  8. Be nicer to the Yankees
  9. Keep on blogging!

Tales of the Road Trip

h Stadium, Sarasota, FLI’ve noticed a trend lately – there seems to have been a lot of news stories recently about fans who make it their goal to see every MLB stadium (or at least a lot of them).  A few months ago I read an article about a couple being inducted into the Sports Travel and Tours Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame (turns out its for folks who sign up for stadium tours with a specific company).  Apparently, a lot of us have this goal.

So, in light of more solemn baseball news we’ve been getting lately, I thought we should have some fun with a rundown of the news about fans who want to see them all:

  • A Maryland fan who wants to see every stadium in the country – including minor league stadiums.
  • The national newspaper that’s counting down the stadiums

Obviously those of us who dream of baseball road trips are in good company!

Happy travels…

~ baseballrebecca

Dickey-Stephens Park, North Little Rock, AR, 2012

Marlins Park, June 2012

Fans and Race

Graphic from the Pulic Religion Research InstituteA while back I mentioned that, yet again, MLB has put together a panel to look at the issue of race and that I planned to look at the available data more closely.  The issue is a complicated one, and I am still trying to compile the data.

However, one argument put forth to explain the decline of blacks in baseball is that blacks, in general, are not interested in the game.  In fact, a lot of folks have pointed out that there are few black fans in the stands, but has anyone every tried to count them?  Not really.

This past April, the Public Religion Research Institute reported findings from its January 2013 Religion & Politics Tracking Survey.  The survey revealed that blacks were more likely than whites and Hispanics to agree that football has replaced baseball as the national pastime.

Fans at Camden Yards

Blacks account for 30% of the population in Maryland, and 64% of the population in Baltimore – but what percentage are they at Camden Yards?

Ok.  But that doesn’t tell us who baseball’s fans are.  Back in 2006, Business Week reported that the Chicago White Sox were one of the few teams that attempted to collect data on their fans.  The White Sox estimated that only 4.5 percent of those attending games were black (in a city where blacks accounted for nearly 40 percent of the population).

While there is a lot of good information on diversity within Major League Baseball, there is relatively little information on the fans themselves.  Observations suggest that there is a lack of diversity among those attending games, which could be related to economics and social class, but few have studied the extent of the problem or the reasons.

The Gallup Organization has been asking people if they are baseball fans for decades.  But the information they’ve put online does not discuss race.  What their data do show, however, is that the percentage of Americans stating that baseball is their favorite sport has declined over time.  In 1960, 34 percent of those polled stated that baseball was their favorite sport.  In 2008:  10 percent.

Obviously, though interesting, these data are insufficient to answer the question about the race and ethnicity of baseball fans.  Like the issue of why there are fewer blacks playing the game, we need more concrete research on who attends games and why.

To be continued …

~ baseballrebecca

Attendance This Season … So Far

AutoZone ParkLast month, a few folks sounded the alarm about declining MLB attendance this year.  One commentator attributed it mostly to rising ticket prices, while another blamed it on a combination of digital services, the slowness of the game, and other things.  Others offered a variety of explanations from team performance to the weather.

Of course, the hype has died down a bit, and now that its July we have better attendance data to analyze.  In fact, click here to check out a nifty table from  that provides practically up-to-the minute attendance stats.   It shows that 10 of the 30 MLB teams are enjoying increases in attendance:  Toronto, Washington, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Oakland, Atlanta, Colorado, San Diego, and St. Louis.  Seven of these are also in the top 12 for number of runs scored.  However, not all first place teams have experiCamden Yards during the 2012 playoffsenced increases in attendance.  Boston, for example, has had 171,275 fewer people in the stands so far this year.

Of course, we’ll have to see how the rest of the season plays out, but the discussion is basically a sociological one:  what are the factors, human, social, and environmental, that can impact overall attendance?  This has, in fact, been studied by some sociologists and economists.  (For example, Baade and Tiehen in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues a while back, or more recent studies on minor league baseball attendance from Google Scholar.)   However, there seems to be little consensus on which variables to test and which methods to use.

However, if you’re concerned about this issue, I think the best way to address it is to go out and see a game!

~ baseballrebecca