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Only 33 Percent of Miami Baseball Fans Actually Like the Marlins

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It's no secret that the Marlins aren't very popular. Have you been to a game lately? No, you probably haven't, but if you did you'd be greeted by tons of empty seats.

We've seen maps that purport to show baseball fandom by region, but using Facebook data, The New York Times' new Upshoot site has given us a more detailed view than ever before.

The Marlins, as it turns out, are at least the most popular team in Miami, but among Miamians who have "liked" an MLB team on Facebook only 33 percent of them have liked the local franchise.

"The maps were created using estimates of team support based on how many Facebook users 'liked' each team in a ZIP code," says the Upshot. "We applied an algorithm to smooth the data and fill in gaps where data was missing."

Here's what Florida looks like:

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Please note that those gray areas do not represent "data unavailable." That there is Yankees country, and it's not exactly news that despite Florida having two MLB teams of its own that the Yankees are somehow the most popular team in the state. Those small blotches of red are Red Sox territory.

What's particularly interesting here is that the interactive maps estimate that only 33 percent of Miami-Dade baseball fans prefer the Marlins. Another 25 percent are Yankees fans, while 9 percent like the Red Sox.

Marlins country doesn't extend very far either. They're the favorite team of Monroe County at 27 percent. They're roughly tied in Broward County with the Yankees with 26 percent each. As you can see from the map, most of the Marlins fans in Broward come from the southern part of the county.

Palm Beachers traditionally root for the Dolphins and Heat, but they're not messing with the Fish. Just 16 percent of people in that county are Marlins fans.

In fact, the Marlins only make the top three in a few other Florida counties: Collier (7 percent), Hendry (8 percent), Martin (11 percent), St. Lucie (13 percent), Indian River (10 percent), and Okeechobee (12 percent).

Jeez, remember when this team used to be called the Florida Marlins? That was a failed marketing effort if there ever was one.

If you zoom into the map far enough, you can also view fandom by zip code. In the Marlins' home zip code, 46 percent of people are Marlins fans.

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laxl
laxl

I'm still disgusted about the way the stadium deal went down, though not surprised.  So, I stay the hell away from the games, don't buy any Marlins crap, and root for any team that plays against the Marlins. 

Bernardo Tabares
Bernardo Tabares

Like the guy said before, the stadium and the owner and all the circumstances surrounding it are just disgusting.

Bernardo Tabares
Bernardo Tabares

It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I don't give a shit.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

True, most of us like Yankees or Phillies. And always will ( with a dose of Red Sox)

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

The team is doing great things, and I bet most locals like the team - it's the owner we have a problem with. Do some more reporting and surveys. My guess is any self-respecting Miamian is boycotting that stadium and the owner. It's not the team we hate.

Gabe Yunes
Gabe Yunes

not setting foot in the stadium or giving support until loria sells the team. fuck that guy!

George Marban
George Marban

When everyone around me is cheering for one team I'm appreciating the awesome plays that either team is executing only for the love of the game. There's no need to become so emotionally invested in siding with teams just because of where we live. There are more important things to do with your emotion and your time. Also, actually playing a sport outside somewhere is far more rewarding than just watching someone else do the thing you wish you could be doing.

Chris Turner
Chris Turner

Do any of you people watch the games, the fish have the best home record in the Majors right now and we just got back to .500 last night by beating those stinking Braves. Go Marlins screw these Haters/Fake Miami fans

Jorge Castellanos
Jorge Castellanos

What you mean "the farming system for the rest of the league" Marlins. Those guys? oh, OK....

Massiel Cuellar
Massiel Cuellar

they suck and have for a while and that waste of money stadium that was built for them out of tax payer money. just not right. not necessary and they didnt deserve it.

Rich Moyle Jr.
Rich Moyle Jr.

If only Jeff Loria would get recorded making racist remarks...

Richard Herrera
Richard Herrera

as far I'm concerned its not the stadium location (neighborhood is just fine and when the fins and canes played at the orange bowl people parked in the residents front lawn with no problem in fact most residents are cool with it cause they made $$$), Its not that we are losing (at-least not all of the blame but partial). Its because you pay top dollar to see a minor league team. You pay top dollar at the concessions so the billionaire owner can provide you a mediocre (at best) product. no continuity with our talent once a guy becomes an all star or close to it you probably won't see him by the trade deadline or the following year.

Marco Alessio Di Giovanni
Marco Alessio Di Giovanni

They'd win more support if they actually started... you know, winning? The Heat are popular because they're a winning team. I don't blame the Marlins players, though, it's more to do with Loria and the poor management the team has had. Let's hope they learned from past mistakes and start improving this season

BJ Chiszar
BJ Chiszar

that's way too high...try 15% max

Peter Gonzalez
Peter Gonzalez

I still mark the florida marlin F cuz thats who brought us world series championships

Michael Messerly
Michael Messerly

Jose Fernandez is a beast, just sucks that Jeffery Loria is a douche bag. Bud Selig needs to go Adam Silver on his ass and ban him from the game.

Anthony Fuda
Anthony Fuda

That's a damn shame!!! Support your city! Support your team!!! #Marlins #GoFish #BleedOrange

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Be the first to admit my loyalty is for the Phillies. But the Marlins are supported after maybe the Pirates and Diamondbacks with me, so they are ahead of a good 90+% of mlb. They moved to the new stadium and it's the neighborhood that I refuse to frequent for a game. Sun Life had parking and traffic flow in and out. Took a Saturday Phillies matchup in the first season to know someone was going to die in traffic when they moved from Sun Life. I refuse to park a new vehicle in someone's front yard and squeezed on that lot so they can make $40 and you'd need a can opener to get in and out of your car.

Eda Ne
Eda Ne

even if the marlins become popular, i could care less for baseball

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

that map from the ny times is GARBAGE, its a fake story so they can generate clicks on their site...there tons of Mets fans in ny and miami...dont believe everything you see on the internet

Tom Gehlhaus
Tom Gehlhaus

Once LeBron and Wade are gone nobody will go to Heat game either. This city is mostly bandwagon fans.

Gisselle Callejas
Gisselle Callejas

loria needs to jump off a pier for me to consider ever giving the marlins money.

Dave Pazos
Dave Pazos

I try to support all the Miami/South Florida teams. Dolphins, Heat, Hurricanes, Panthers but it's tough to support the Marlins. I can't get behind an owner who constantly craps on the fan base. The ownership of the Marlins cares only about making as much profit as possible. If the fans and players get treated like crap, oh well. That punk Loria won't get one penny from me.

Danny Flesher
Danny Flesher

Funny how these same people that are from other places are conveniently Heat fans but root for Yankees or whoever the trendy team is...Go Marlins!

demoroman88
demoroman88 topcommenter

And no one gives a shit about you..

portablefernie
portablefernie

Yeah, those sweet 5,000 crowds on Sundays were really something...

demoroman88
demoroman88 topcommenter

Shit. thank you Chris. Thought I was the only one on here that ACTUALLY watches the games 

demoroman88
demoroman88 topcommenter

They had one already.. It tanked, No one likes soccer buddy 

demoroman88
demoroman88 topcommenter

Stadium wasn't built with tax payer money though. It was built with tourist tax money.. And the team is actually pretty good this season.. But you wouldn't know that cause you probably spend all your time eating pizza.. :)

paulxl7
paulxl7

or you can park in one of the garages or surface lots ya know.

demoroman88
demoroman88 topcommenter

You just don't know where to park guy, there's free meter parking all over the place. Step your parking game up

demoroman88
demoroman88 topcommenter

Ok, So if Lebron and Wade were to leave who would be on the heat roster? It's so easy to say " Ohh Miami has a bunch of bandwagon fans" 

But if the team is filled with crap players, people will find other ways to spend their money.. 


Fullerene
Fullerene

@demoroman88 You are incorrect.

"Miami-Dade County to contribute $347 million (about $297 million of which would come from tourist tax dollars), and the City of Miami to contribute $23 million. The city would additionally shoulder the $10 million cost to demolish the old Orange Bowl site, and another $94 million to construct the new parking facilities." --Wikipedia

 
But even if it were only the tourist tax, what difference would it make? Are you saying that if it weren't spent on the baseball stadium there would have been no other possible use for it? It would be burned?

demoroman88
demoroman88 topcommenter

@portablefernie I think everyone knows you have to win on the road, and I think that will come. This is a young team with a very good pitching staff. Alot of those loses came in the 7th and 8th inn where the bullpen just gave up the lead in a close game.. But the team is 12 and 4 at home you just can't ignore that stat either.


I'm not saying this team is playoff bound, but the Marlins have been playing well and deserve some credit 

portablefernie
portablefernie

@demoroman88 @portablefernie  Yeah, well somebody has to say it. is not half full, they are miserable on the road. You cant win on the road you dont get a .500 record. The math is not there. You will not stay at .800 percent at home forever...this isnt Football

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