Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Table: Average Per-Game Attendance Relative to Capacity
Note: it has come to the attention of the author, who is an avowed moron, not only that (a) average attendance as a percentage of capacity is available all day and all night at ESPN, but also that (b) Wendy Thurm discussed the concept last week in these very effing pages.
Regarding an Observation the Author Has Made
The author has observed that, while the absolute attendance — which is to say, the raw total — of fans at a baseball game exerts some influence over one’s experience of same, that, just as important to that experience, is the total attendance of a game relative to stadium capacity.
An Example Concerning Attendance Relative to Capacity
For some time, between 2008 and -10, the author attended a number of Portland Beavers games, then the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. While the Beavers’ home field, PGE park, had a capacity of something like 18,000, the Beavers — especially during Portland’s generally unpleasant spring nights — frequently only had attendance totals of two or three thousand. The effect was to make the games seem less urgent or immediate somehow.
A Second Example Concerning Attendance Relative to Capacity
More recently, the author has attended a number of games at Madison’s Warner Park, home of the Northwoods League’s Madison Mallards. The park has a listed capacity of ca. 7,500 and averages over 6,000 fans a per game. More than the overall attendance it is the absence of empty seats at Mallards game that compels the author to feel as though he’s at a proper event.
A Question the Author Asked
The author asked himself a question very similar to this one — namely, “Which major-league clubs feature the greatest average attendance as measured by a percentage of stadium capacity?”
How the Author Answered That Question
To answer that question, the author found both (a) the average per-game attendances of all 30 major-league clubs (at Baseball Reference) and (b) the usual seating capacity for those same clubs (via Wikipedia). He (read: I) then calculated each team’s average attendance as a percentage of its home field’s capacity.
Two Things the Author Understands
The author understands both that (a) some stadia have different capacities for different events and also that (b) maybe Wikipedia’s data regarding stadium capacity isn’t without flaw.
Regarding How the Author Has Controlled for Those Things
The author hasn’t attempted, at all, to control for those things.
Results: Per-Game Attendance Relative to Capacity
Here are, in a very sortable table, each major-league team’s attendances, expressed as a percentage of each home park’s capacity:
|Tm||Att/G||Cap||% of Cap|
|New York AL||43,817||50,291||87.1%|
|New York NL||28,577||41,922||68.2%|
Today’s Notable Games
New York NL at St. Louis | 13:45 ET
For the third consecutive game, the Mets send out a Pitcher of Note (R.A. Dickey: 191.1 IP, 82 xFIP-, 4.3 WAR) against the Cardinals. Since that first game, however, St. Louis’s playoff odds have increased from 58.6% to 71.4%, according to Cool Standings.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis Radio (because the Mets feed doesn’t appear to utilize Busch Stadium’s straight-on center-field camera).
Los Angeles AL at Oakland | 15:35 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Stephen Drew Status Update (as an Oaklander): 56 PA, 12.5% BB, 14.3% K, .250/.339/.375 (.320 BABIP), 103 wRC+, 0.2 WAR.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Oakland Radio.
Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.1.
Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Roy Halladay||PHI||8||5||5||5||7||CIN||Mike Leake||12:35|
|R.A. Dickey||NYN||10||2||8||9||9||STL||Ad. Wainwright||13:45|
|P.J. Walters||MIN||2||5||3||4||5||CHA||Jake Peavy||14:10|
|Dan Haren||LAA||5||8||5||6||4||OAK||Brand. McCarthy||15:35|
|Chris Volstad||CHN||4||2||4||6||8||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||19:05|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||CLE||2||2||4||4||7||DET||Doug Fister||19:05|
|Fernando Abad||HOU||4||4||2||4||2||PIT||Kevin Correia||19:05|
|Miguel Gonzalez||BAL||3||2||4||5||6||TOR||Brand. Morrow||19:07|
|Alex White||COL||4||8||3||7||3||ATL||Mike Minor||19:10|
|Wily Peralta*||MIL||15||3||6||3||4||MIA||Nathan Eovaldi||19:10|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYA||6||6||6||5||7||TB||Matt Moore||19:10|
|Ryan Dempster||TEX||6||8||3||7||1||KC||Everett Teaford||20:10|
|Aaron Cook||BOS||2||5||1||4||3||SEA||Kevin Millwood||22:10|
|Clayton Richard||SD||4||6||3||1||1||LAN||Aaron Harang||22:10|
|Trevor Cahill||AZ||5||6||5||3||9||SF||Mad. Bumgarner||22:15|
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