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Miami Marlins Now Have the Worst Attendance in MLB

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Attendance at an April 10 Marlins game was just 13,810
If you build it, they will come.

That was the message from Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria back in 2009 when he convinced Miami-Dade commissioners to vote for the massive pimple that now protrudes from the forehead of Little Havana.

It worked for a season. And then came Loria's $2 billion-promise-breaking offseason firesale. Now Marlins attendance has reverted to what it was in Sun Life Stadium: the worst in Major League Baseball.

See also:
- Another Day, Another Record-Low Crowd at Marlins Park, Another Fish Shutout
- Six lies about the Marlins stadium

According to ESPN, the Marlins 2013 home attendance is currently hovering at 17,829 per game. That is dead last among MLB's 30 teams and only 100 more than what the Fish drew back in Sun Life Stadium.

In fact, that number is worse than half the teams in Major League Soccer and not much better than the top-drawing minor league club, the Monterrey Sultanes (11,321 per game... in Mexico).

Of course, it's no mystery why no one wants to see the Marlins. Loria sold all of our best players for peanuts prospects and slashed the payroll by $60 million, but not before the value of the team had doubled thanks to the new stadium.

"I obviously still feel tremendously sorry about what happened last year," Marlins president David Samson told the Miami Herald. "The goal we have with our fans every day is to get them to the point when they say, 'I remember when -- I remember when I was so unhappy with the team. But now, it's a love affair.'"

The Marlins are currently 21 games out of first place, and have a realistic shot at retaining last season's title of worst team one of the worst teams in the majors.*

What's not to love?

*Correction: The Marlins were dead last in their division last year, but only the sixth worst team in MLB.

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scottdenver261
scottdenver261

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pokalot1000
pokalot1000

Oresta Destrada and Jeff Conine, baby......it's NEVER been about the stadium. It's about the players. Ya'll were bamboozled by a billionaire.

I was at the Orange Bowl for many games (Dolphins vs the undefeated Bears) and it's sad that the stadium was torn down. It provided a major home field advantage against any opponent. 

Enjoy your MIAMI Marlins

PERI
PERI

Still can’t believe they tore down the Orange Bowl for those two ingrates.

Might as well turn it into another Leon Medical Center.

internetinternet
internetinternet

Tear down the new structure and build a another new stadium and it will create more jobs.  Think of all the jobs and economic benefits if the city did another bond offering.   More investigations, lawyers, and consultants. 

Johnny Morris
Johnny Morris

If only you people would have spent another 100 M on some decent parking....

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

the only way the stadium gets filled is when the Mets play

floydianslipped
floydianslipped

The pimple on the face of little Havana that serves as a living reminder to miami dade taxpayers that there's a sucker born every minute and those who voted in favor of the stadium are the biggest ones of all

topdow01
topdow01

So what, what loria caresis the profit sharing from MLB and TV rights, even though I personally like the pitching staff (10th best ERA in MLB), batting really sucks (last with a .230 avg.), shame on loria

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

HEY.................go for the free parking and stay for the cold beer !

OR.........if you've never seen a BRITO that might hold you attention for a while

someone once did an initial calculation as to the TOTAL spent on the new ballpark $562,OOO,OOO would generate an ADDITIONAL 3,000 fans on average per game - what NO ONE counted on was the team would be gutted and sent to TORONTO

so a really die-hard MARLINs fan who wants to see them play in person should buy a ticket on AIR CANADA and head NORTH !

aasdf
aasdf

pro  Sports are a business, to make money!  (hello! hello! )

Miami Commission gave millions to millionaires.      after all its not their money....

I don't really blame the owner.  he's making his money, the best way he can.


it was deal that I blame.     Braman had it right, and nobody listened...  

its an expensive lesson.  - sometimes you get what you deserve. 

Oona Bernal Romero
Oona Bernal Romero

esto me alegra mucho!! they destroyed my old neighborhood and made lots of us move out after years of living there... KARMA baby!!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

The fact is, the Marlins Stadium has been built on hand-outs, deception and lies. In case you don't remember, the stadium took over a half billion dollars from taxpayers to build. Even when the county had to borrow $400 million dollars to build the Little Havana landmark, we still weren't promised a penny for our troubles. On the contrary, we're stuck with a $2 million a year bill to pay for the property taxes... of the now infamous parking garage.

Are you angry yet? If not, please go back and read it again.

To build this stadium for Miami's dumb folk, as apparently they think we are, owner Jeffrey Loria had to get it approved by our "cream of the crop"commissioners. The proposal was built on two ginormous false premises. First, we were told that sports stadiums, like the Marlins Stadium, would provide a massive economic benefit. Secondly, that poor owner Jeffrey Loria, who's only worth $500 million, didn't have enough money to build it on his own.

 So let's get this straight, in Miami-Dade County, when a working mother gets laid off and needs to apply for food stamps to feed her kids, she has to disclose all of her income just to get $140 a month. If you are a millionaire and you want a $600-million welfare check to build a stadium 

 http://www.ryanhuckabey.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/IMG_1059-Copy.jpg

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, 
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain 
professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing
accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power.


it time for more recalls /jail time

FatHand
FatHand

Look, there's plenty of reasons to criticize the Marlins, but no reason to make shit up. The Marlins were not the worst team in the majors last year, in fact they were tied with the Boston Red Sox for the 6th worst record. And I would be very surprised if they end up with the worst record this year. Have you seen their pitching? It's shockingly good. As a team they have the 10th best ERA in the league, and I would guess that over the last 2 months, it's even better than that. Just saying yeah, screw Loria, Samson and the gang. But if you can get past all that, this is actually a pretty fun team to watch and they could be good in the near future. If they can figure out how to hit the ball.

d.guillen00
d.guillen00

ugh. I really want to love the Marlins, but the front office has made some really awful decision - letting go of Ricky Nolasco? Come on! 

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Noooooooo jodan... De ve'dah?! Ah Hialeah!!

Ricky J Madrid
Ricky J Madrid

its because we have a cheap ass owner that doesn't want to spend money.

Ricardo Pantoja
Ricardo Pantoja

Wish it was that easy. Best they can do is force him to up the payroll or get fined like they did a few years ago

Alex Pappas
Alex Pappas

the MLB should force loria to sell the team

Klu Largo
Klu Largo

A team dat develops great players then trades them, gets a karma beatdown!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

not to mention a historic landmark - the orange bowl - was demolished and is gone forever along with the memories

AND the people living in the surrounding area of the new stadium can NO LONGER park on their OWN streets without a major hassle (the standard legal jargon is being entitled to "quiet enjoyment" of one's community and neighborhood)

AND the MARLINs will wind up in ORLANDO long before the whole thing is even partially paid off (if ever)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

IF you ever read howard cosells "i never played the game" you would get sick at the specific details of what you have indicated...............IF you have ever been angered at individuals abusing welfare or food stamps of freebies YOU WILL BE BEYOND LIVID once you learn the specifics in that book of how owners RAPE municipalities (the shining exception is the GREEN BAY PACKERs)

one has to not only already be uber-rich AND powerfully connected BUT also a total savage ANIMAL to take advantage the way NFL team owners do of public taxpayer funds

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i JUST HOPE they don't break the METs 1962 record of 120 losses

FatHand
FatHand

@frankd4 Well the Marlins already have 42 wins on the season, so unless they go 0-55 the rest of the way, the Mets record is safe.

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