Marlins draw tiny crowd even by their standards

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.

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Meet the woman who’ll pitch in one of North America’s top collegiate summer leagues

Eighty-eight players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB Draft last June, and recent alumni of the league include the Orioles’ Chris Davis, Rays’ Matt Duffy and Matt Andriese, Tigers’ Matt Boyd and Mariners’ James Paxton.

I’m obviously not going to be the fastest pitcher in the league, but I have some good off-speed pitches that will keep hitters on their toes, said Eccles, who is listed at 5-8, 125 pounds as one of the top pitchers on the Canadian women’s national team.

She also plays softball for the University of British Columbia, which congratulated her on Twitter.

A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me, Jones told USA Today. I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.

Schilling still isn’t buying it.

If he wants to maintain the lie he made here, that’s fine, Schilling told Boston’s WEEI in a text message. No one denies racism exists, but when people like him lie about an incident and others just take him at his word, it perpetuates a mythical level of racism.

The former ESPN baseball analyst continued, And for some reason, it appears blacks believe only blacks can talk about racism and only whites can be racists. I promise you if some scumbag yelled the N-word at Adam Jones in Fenway, it would have been on Twitter, Facebook and every other social media site asap, like every other ’incident.’ Not to mention the liberal Boston media would have broken its neck to identify the racist. But just taking him at his word means there are a bunch of white cowards and racists living here, because no one stood up to the guy. Adam has an agenda and one needs to only look at his past commentary on race and racism to see it. But see, when you question fake hate crimes in this day and age it somehow makes you a racist.

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Joe Maddon to Cubs fans: ’Go ahead and freak out’

Maddon said earlier this month the Cubs hitters were too focused on hitting. He said Sunday his team is trying to hit home runs instead of being more efficient at the plate. The Cubs were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position against the Dodgers and are now hitting a National League-worst .127 with runners at second or third.

We have to score the runner from third with less than two outs with something other than a home run, Maddon said. We’re just hitting home runs to score runs. We have to become more efficient moving the baseball. I’ve been talking about it for three years now.

You have to get to the point where you move the ball and make adjustments, Maddon added. Middle of the field, opposite field, get the home run out of your head. If it happens, it happens. We just got too big there.

The Cubs did hit three home runs off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but Cubs pitchers allowed four homers in a 9-4 loss.

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, the baseball gods manage to give us something new.

Juan Nieves remains the only member in Milwaukee’s no-hit club.

Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Saturday, but saw it come to an end when Arizona’s Nick Ahmed led off the eighth with a single back up the middle. Anderson was at 111 pitches after seven innings, but recorded his 11th strikeout of the game for the second out of the inning. The 11 strikeouts are a career high for Anderson, who is in his fourth MLB season.

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