If you don’t build it, they won’t come.
The Oakland A’s are a prime example of this, as fans held a ‘Reverse Boycott’ on Tuesday night in an effort to prove that poor ownership is the reason for their abysmal attendance over recent years. Commissioner Rob Manfred responded to this occurrence today with a number of comments, including the projection of a positive 6-8% increase in attendance league-wide.
Unfortunately, the White Sox are not contributing to this attendance boost. In fact, the club’s numbers are alarmingly bad as the team has seen the largest decrease in attendance compared to 2022 out of all 30 teams thus far.
According to stats provided by Baseball Reference, the South Siders have drawn total 638,475 fans in 2023. While this number might not mean much at first glance, it averages out to 18,779 fans per game across 34 games. That’s a decrease of 156,734 fans overall and 4,610 fans per game, which means there’s a negative 19.7% difference. This should give the front office a clear indication of how this fanbase views the current state of the team.
When looking at these numbers, it’s only fair to look at the other end of the spectrum. Teams that have seen a large total increase include Philadelphia (+346,200), Toronto (+200,131), Cleveland (+199,480), and Pittsburgh (+177,254). The Cubs, despite a similar 30-37 record, have seen 26,399 more total fans on the North Side of town.
If you’re curious about the full list, here’s how the attendance shakes out for each team sorted from the largest positive to negative.
The White Sox enter Thursday night’s game against the Dodgers with a 30-39 record, sitting 5.5 games behind the Twins for first place in the AL Central. The next few weeks will likely be crucial in determining the short-term and long-term future of the team as the July trade deadline looms.
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