Miami Marlins Have an Embarrassingly Small Geographical Fan Footprint

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Some MLB team's fan bases cover entire states if not large regions of the country. Most are at least the most popular team in every county in their home metro-area.

Of course, the Marlins are not like most MLB teams. The Fish have one of the smallest geographical fan footprints according to a new map constructed using Facebook data.

See also: The Dolphins Own Florida: A County-by-County Map of the State's Favorite NFL Teams

Here, via The Wall Street Journal, is a map of every county in the nation colored with the team that has the most Facebook likes among its residents.

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Yes, you'll notice the Marlins' beigey-orange color just fills in Miami-Dade, and, if you look closely, Okeechobee County (a county of around 6,000 people).

What's more surprising is the counties the Marlins aren't the most popular in. We guess we can understand Palm Beach, but you too, Broward? That team played right at the county line for years and you can't even bother to click "like" on Facebook? Thanks a lot. We'll remember that the next time we think about going to a Panthers game!

To put this in prospective, here's a similar Facebook map from last year that showed the fandom footprints of all the NFL teams.

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The Dolphins' orange has a stronghold on large swaths of Florida, even cutting into areas that one would figure would be Bucs of Jags territory.

Geographically, the Marlin's two-county popularity is only larger than the San Diego Padres (only most popular in their home county) and the New York Mets (overshadowed both home and nationally by the Yankees). Of course the Toronto Blue Jays don't show up anywhere on the map, but we assume they have the entire country of Canada to count on. Especially after Marlins owner and ex-Montreal Expos chief Jeffrey Loria left them with no competition north of the border when he set the wheels in motion for the Expos move to Washington.

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Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

If your a real baseball fan you would like all teams and respect the players and the game of baseball.

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

Everybody is an expert. If you people can't respect all the talent on that team especially Jose Fernandez, Then your not a real baseball fan. Your just a crap talking hater.

John Blossom
John Blossom

According to inferences from data acquired from Facebook, The End All Be All of accurate information

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................most of baseball HISTORY was being made while SO FLA was still a swamp and even today it is just a place to visit for most who are here

if it weren't for the weather MIAMI would be no different than MISSISSIPPI

Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

I do :( but they should throw a parade in the streets the day Loria dies or sells the team. Hell, they did it for the Heat when they got LeBron and Bosh. Honest ownership that desires to be competitive and wants to win is all we want. All this talk about how the Marlins lose money, the Heat are back to back defending champs and they're losing money as well. But the difference is that Arison isnt overly worried about the team HAVING to make a profit, its not his day job. He just cuts the checks...this team IS Loria's day job...he's a penny pinching Scrooge who's very existence within the inner circles of MLB ownership is a condemnation of the entire league.

Richard Herrera
Richard Herrera

I love the marlins not the owner. Don't want to put money in his pocket.

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

Don't forget, Millie: it's not just the selling off of players. This is also because of the fact that Loria lied about not having any money to build the stadium, bribed his way into public money from the city, county and state, then turned around and spent MORE money than he claimed he didn't have on players that ended up not winning any more than any other Marlins squad. Players come and go. Corrupt owners like Loria are the bane of professional sports.

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

The blue collar fans are far and few between. Miami has become a town of poor/working class...who can't afford to even get tickets....or ultra rich foreign despots...who could care less.

Millie Santana
Millie Santana

So, so sad! But The ownership did this to team by selling all their good players every year. The fans have no Faith in this team.

Andrew Quevedo
Andrew Quevedo

No one likes the franchise.. I rather have the old 10 blocks of under developed housing anyday.

Nikolas Obrenović
Nikolas Obrenović

Yup hard to watch a team with terrible ownership and upper management.

Joe Tavano
Joe Tavano

Does anyone even go to the stadium to watch them?

Kenn Gambe
Kenn Gambe

I'm gonna totally agree with these guys above me.

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

Exactly what Dave said. When the team is no longer owned by a criminal and no longer managed by a bunch of incompetents, I might consider spending money to support them again. Until then, not gonna happen.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

I got nothing against the players just their ownership/management

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