Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: A general view of the stadium as teams were announced prior to a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres on Opening Day at PETCO Park on April 01, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

We are three weeks into the new Major League Baseball season. We were wondering with the new MLB rules: How’s attendance? New MLB rules have sped up the game and condensed all of the action. A pitch clock keeps pitchers and hitters alike on their toes and ready for action. Also, the pitcher is limited to how many times he can throw to first to keep a runner close to the bag. I personally think this creates a huge disadvantage for the pitcher and catcher. But the upside is that stolen bases are way up. Again, more action is good, ultimately. The stolen base was becoming a lost art in the game.

Other rules include the sport getting rid of the full defensive shift. Now we have more singles punching through the infield. Baseball was getting to the point where everything was either a homer or a strike out. Boring!

The end result is the fan now gets tow watch a game in about two hours and forty minutes instead of three to four hour marathons.

So baseball is better. Great. Have the new rules helped attendance? Since northern teams are still playing in the snow, if at all, it’s hard to tell. But through the first three weeks of the season we’ve ranked team’s average attendance from worst to first on a per game basis. So with the new MLB rules: How’s attendance? Judge for yourself.

Craig Shemon
ESPN Southwest Florida

  • 30. OAKLAND A'S

    11,025
    They are moving to Vegas anyway.

    Oakland A's

    (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • 29. MIAMI MARLINS

    13,143
    Not quite the World Baseball Classic.

    Miami

    (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

  • 28. PITTSBURGH PIRATES

    15,645

    Oneil Cruz

    (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

  • 27. KC ROYALS

    15,874

    BASEBALL

     (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

  • 26. CINCINNATI REDS

    16,973
    This city loves opening day. Then it drops out until summer.

    REDS

     (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

  • 25. TAMPA BAY RAYS

    18,085
    THERE SHOULD BE MORE PEOPLE! THIS TEAM IS GOOD!

    Tampa Bay Rays

    (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

  • 24. CLEVELAND GUARDIANS

    19,346
    Can’t talk me into going to an April game in Cleveland.

    Milwaukee Brewers v Los Angeles Dodgers

    (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • 23. MINNESOTA TWINS

    19,475

    TWINS

    FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – MARCH 14: Kenta  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

  • 22. DETROIT TIGERS

    19, 476
    I’ve seen their games. This includes season ticket no-shows.

    TIGERS

     (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

  • 21. CHICAGO WHITESOX

    19,567

    WHITESOX

     (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

  • 20. WASHINGTON NATIONALS

    21,285

    NATIONALS

     (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

  • 19. BALTIMORE ORIOLES

    21,621

    CAMDEN YARDS

     (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • 18. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

    23,337

    ARIZONA

     (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • 17. TEXAS RANGERS

    24,705

    RANGERS

    (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

  • 16. COLORADO ROCKIES

    27,395
    Deion Sanders is outdrawing the Rockies with Colorado spring football.

    ROCKIES

     (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

  • 15. SEATTLE MARINERS

    28,578

    SEATTLE

     (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

  • 14. MILWAUKEE BREWERS

    29,214
    They love their Brewers.

    BREWERS

    (Photo by Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images)

  • 13. CHICAGO CUBS

    31,363
    Ferris?

    CUBS

     (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • 12. BOSTON REDSOX

    31,559

    FENWAY

    (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • 11. SF GIANTS

    31,658

    GIANTS

    (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

  • 10. LA ANGELS

    34,443
    They have the two best players in the league. They should draw. I always enjoyed my time at their games.

    Mike Trout

    (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

     

  • 9. NY METS

    35,913
    They paid a lot of money for this team. People better show up.

    major league

     (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

  • 8. TORONTO BLUE JAYS

    36,537

    Toronto Blue Jays v San Francisco Giants

    (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

  • 7. HOUSTON ASTROS

    37,261
    Always strong numbers in Houston.

    MLB

    (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • 6. ATLANTA BRAVES

    38,482
    They are good so people are coming.

    BRAVES

     (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

  • 5. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

    39,457
    Strong fan base for all sports.

    Philadelphia Phillies

     (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

  • 4. NY YANKEES

    39,559
    No surprise here.

    Yankees Fort Myers

     (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

  • 3. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

    39,881
    Maybe the smartest fans in baseball.

    cardinals

    (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • 2. SD PADRES

    40,342
    Pay them and they will come.

    Padres

     (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • 1. LA DODGERS

    49,418
    Another beautiful day for baseball. Every. Day.

    DODGERS

    (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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