Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Why is attendance up?


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In a season which has proven to be incredibly disappointing, much more so than in 2014, attendance at Marlins Park has risen slightly.

"2013: 29th — Average of 19,584 per game (52.3%)2014: 27th — Average of 21,386 per game (57.1%)2015: 28th — Average of 21,919 per game (58.5%)"

As you can see, 2015 hasn’t seen a dramatic increase in attendance. However, for a significantly worse team performing on the field, one has to question why more fans are showing up.

Maybe it’s the appeal of Jose Fernandez‘s return to the playing field, but that argument can be neutralized with his injury, along with Stanton’s absence. However, the real reason may lie in Miami’s win increase from 2013-2014.

Research shows that MLB attendance is often delayed by a club’s performance from the year before. The Marlins’ win total improved in 2014, bringing their attendance up in 2015. This is not a fluke, as many other teams have followed a similar pattern, including the Orioles, Dodgers, Mariners, and Giants.

The reverse trend is also common, a trend that displays how a team’s decrease in performance from 2013 to 2014 has brought 2015 attendance down, although their team has improved. Teams who have followed this trend include the White Sox, Yankees, Cardinals, Rays, Rangers, and Nationals.

Overall, we can come to a conclusion that baseball fans are late reactors when it comes to attendance. That being said, we can assume Marlins attendance will diminish in 2016, but many outside factors can change that. If the Fish begin to win, the fences get moved in, or Giancarlo Stanton pursuits history in homers, residents will flock to the park to see possible must-watch baseball.

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