They’re not the worst in the league, but the Rays’ 18,790 attendance average through 16 home games is nothing to…well, write home about. It’s the third-worst mark in the majors, besting only the White Sox and Indians, reports Noah Pransky of the Shadow of the Stadium blog.
On the bright side of things, the Rays’ attendance is a little higher than it was at this point last year despite a significantly smaller stadium capacity. And, it bucks the small trend of MLB attendance sagging compared to last year.
Over on Tampa Bay Baseball Market, Mike Lortz attempts to take a sabermetrics look at the team’s attendance and concludes April was a disappointing month at the box office for the Rays, but the return of Jeremy Hellickson and Alex Cobb could help turn things around both at the gate and on the field.