A New Low

September 16, 2011

I wanted to put this on the new post again only to find there isn’t any yet. So, 32, take a break. I got this.

Knowing now that Kersh won’t face a suspension, I’d like to say that he put himself in for Team Leader when he led the yelling, and cemented it when he hit the little twerp.

The title of this does not refer to last night’s loss. It’s a reference to (no guessing)……….ATTENDANCE!

Only 25,381 paid. A season low. Two straight games under 30,000 for the second time this season (Games 8 & 9). Three of the last five and four of the last seven have been under 30K. Keep this up for the rest of the season and perhaps we can hit 700K.

Game 75 attendance (2010): 37,402
Tonight’s “attendance” courtesy of trumom: 25,381
Difference from 2010: -12,021
Estimated no-shows: 6,345
Estimated turnstile attendance: 19,036
Greater than last year = 9 / Less than last year = 65
20th straight game of negative attendance

Games less than 30,000 this season – 13
Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704

Lowest attended game of the year: Game 75 – 25,381
Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)

2010 attendance (75 games) – 3,334,746 (44,463 average)
2011 attendance (75 games) – 2,721,255 (36,283 average) #10 in MLB
Percentage attendance drop 2010/2011: -22.5444

Drop of 613,491 total
Average drop of 8180
Extrapolated for 81 games – 662,570
Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,938,955
2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)

Next game’s (76) attendance in 2010 – 44,166

Crowds less than 30,000 in 2010: none. 2011: 13
Crowds 30,000 – 39,999 in 2010: 16. 2011: 45
Crowds 40,000 – 49,999 in 2010: 48. 2011: 12
Crowds 50,000 – 55,999 in 2010: 7. 2011: 2
Sellouts (56,000) in 2010: 4. 2011: 3


The MVP and the Cy Young Award

August 27, 2011

I thought I’d give 32 a break and try and write one of these things. I hope your Plumber’s Hell is just about over.

Just about the only interesting thing that has come out of the ’11 Dodger season (other than following the dropping attendance of course) has been the possibility of the NL MVP and Cy Young Awards going to Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.

It dawned on me the other day that the Dodgers’ poor record, while a hindrance to Matt and the MVP, could actually aid Clayton’s Cy bid. Especially in a year when the Phillies’ vote will be split between Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, the voters might well have some sympathy for Kershaw toiling for a crummy team, while Kemp is fighting uphill against the “How Can He Be Most Valuable” sentiment.

Any decent baseball fan can cite Andre Dawson’s ’87 great stats (with a last-place club) against Kirk Gibson’s good stats (with a Series-winning team) in ’88 in arguing whether either one really deserved it. And every now and then we’ll have a season in which the MVP debate brings the club into it, but never the Cy. Why? Obviously, it’s the “Most-Valuable” thing. Here’s my solution: The Player of the Year.

“Whoa!” you say. “The other sports have MVPs.” “There’s already enough awards in baseball.”

I say, “Why not?”

The Cy is only for pitchers, one in the AL and one in the NL. Make the MVP only for position players, and keep it one in each league. After all, how “valuable” can you be if you’re only on the field once every five days? OK, there’s another argument, but let’s leave it for another day.

The Player of the Year (the Associated Press names an offensive and a defensive Player of the Year in the NFL) would not involve the fortunes of his team. I’d make both position players and pitchers eligible for it. I’d even think of making only one for all of MLB.

Of course, I know of the inherent “danger” of threatening to remove some of the debates. Baseball fans love to debate more than any other fan of any other sport. But I think, especially if you keep it to one PotY (yeesh, that’s a horrible acronym), there might even be more debate.

But what’s better, is that the MVPs would indeed be Most Valuable and the Player of the Year would be quite impressive.

This Day in Dodgers History

August 27, 2005 – Jeff Kent becomes the first player to hit 300 homers as a second baseman. The Dodger infielder, who has surpassed Ryne Sandberg’s total of 277 last September, is the major league leader at this position with Joe Gordon holding the American League record with 246 round-trippers.

Will Any New Dodger Free Agent Re-sign With the Team?

July 28, 2011

Yesterday, near the stroke of midnight, dodgereric posted his daily attendance report with the following query.  It is too good to be buried at the end of the day, so with the hope of his approval, I am placing it here, for all to contemplate for the next 24 hours. -32and53fan

Can anyone remember the last player to clear his arbitration years with the Dodgers and then re-sign with the Dodgers?

I can’t.

Kuo and Broxton have been here the longest. Kuo still has an arbitration year left. Broxton will be a FA this fall. Chances are good that he’s not going to break the streak, however long it might be.

Gagne? Dreifort?


This Day in Dodgers History

On July 28, 1991 Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos threw the 13th perfect game in Major League history.  Martinez accomplished the feat on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Expos won the game 2-0.

Dennis Martinez became the first Latin American pitcher to ever throw a perfect game as well as the only player to do so while playing for a Canadian based team.