Remember, folks, in the major leagues it’s tickets sold, not total in the ballpark, when it comes to attendance figures. Otherwise, each of the bodies inside Marlins Park on Wednesday represented 10 people.
The official count for Miami’s 1:10 p.m. game against the Phillies was 15,197. Based on media observations (per The Washington Post), that middle 1 was unnecessary.
That shot is reminiscent of the scene at the Marlins’ old yard, Sun Life Stadium, six years ago when the Marlins and Reds played a doubleheader in late August ahead of Hurricane Irene. A reported 347 fans were in the stands for the start of that twinbill. The stated attendance that day was 22,505.
This will not help counter the argument that big league baseball in Florida won’t ever work. The Marlins are dead last in the National League in average attendance, checking in at 20,970 per contest heading into Wednesday. They were 27th in the majors, behind the White Sox, the A’s . . . and the Rays four hours away in St. Petersburg.
While we don’t yet know the teams heading to Omaha, we do know that college baseball will have a new national champion in 2017; Coastal Carolina failed to make the postseason this year after winning the title in Omaha last June.
Here are the top eight seeds entering the regionals: 1. Oregon St. (49-4), 2. North Carolina (47-12), 3. Florida (42-16), 4. LSU (43-17), 5. Texas Tech (43-15), 6. TCU (42-16), 7. Louisville (47-10), 8. Stanford (40-14).
The SEC brought the most teams into regional play with eight: Florida, LSU, Kentucky, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Auburn and Texas A&M. Seven teams hail from the ACC and Big-12 conferences.