Miami Marlins Have Some of the Least Bandwagon Fans in MLB (Because No One Likes Them)

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Miami has earned a bit of an undeserved reputation as a town with a lot of bandwagon sports fans. Though, you can't say that about the Marlins.

According to a study by researchers from Emory University, the Miami Marlins have the third least bandwagon-y fans in Major League Baseball. They're only behind perennial fan favorites the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals. But unlike those two teams the Marlins achieved their ranking because no one likes them. Even when they're good.

"We develop our fan sensitivity rankings using statistical models of consumer demand (attendance)," write the researchers. "These models are built to estimate team-level response to price and winning percentage. We use data from 1998 to 2013."

So for the Marlins that includes not only the season they won their second World Series, but also the season after they won their first.

"Our first analysis looks at the responsiveness of fan demand to team winning percentage. This can be thought of as a measure of how demanding fans are of their teams. In other words, we are looking at the tolerances fan bases have for losing (or maybe we could view this as insight into which cities are the most prone to bandwagon behavior)."

And here's the bottom five:

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"This group of non-demanding fans bases probably includes two types. We have the loyal and passionate fans of the Yankees, Cardinal and Red Sox. But, we probably also have the apathetic fans of the Marlins and the Diamondbacks."

Ding! Ding!

We're not bandwagoners! We're apathetic! At least when it comes to baseball.

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16 comments
Victoria Rivero Elliott
Victoria Rivero Elliott

I love the Marlins. I simply HATE the Marlins' owner and management. I always root for the Marlins' young talent to excel and move on to a bright future with a team that really values baseball.

Bender Rodriguez
Bender Rodriguez

I love the marlins. I enjoy talking my daughter to the park. Frak Loria though

Gabe Yunes
Gabe Yunes

its not that people don't like the marlins, they (like me) just don't like their asshole owner. i won't support the marlins for as long as loria is the owner. also, the miami bandwagon fan reputation is very VERY well deserved. hopefully this heat loss is gonna weed out a lot of these bandwagon idiots!

James Roberto Paterson
James Roberto Paterson

I like the marlins . I did like the Florida marlins more but non the less I'm still a marlins fan

Aramis Rubio
Aramis Rubio

The Marlins really do have die hard fans... A grand total of 11 of them!!!!!!!!!!!

Aaron Matthews
Aaron Matthews

Until they win, like all South Florida sports. I don't like the owner, so I.have a hard time going to games.

Ralph Saxe
Ralph Saxe

With good reason. After winning World Series they dump all their payers

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Lol this is so WRONG! Just like the Panthers . No one attends games unless they are on top! Late 90's???? First and ONLY time I saw South Florida cars covered in Marlin amd Panther flags! Throwing rats park full then......ghost town HENCE $50 BEER

Jorge Suarez
Jorge Suarez

Small sample size Roberto Alba-Bustamante lol

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