5 MLB Fanbases Who Don't Deserve to Have Postseason Baseball
The fans of these five teams should be ashamed of themselves.
It's extremely sad to see MLB teams—who are in the thick of a playoff push—not receive the well-deserved respect and support of their hometown fans.
The home team always feeds off the crowd in clutch situations, especially down the stretch when they're trying to clinch a postseason berth.
Diehard fans like those of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies don't have a problem drawing fans to the stadium, whether the team is playoff bound or already thinking about plans for the following season at the All-Star break.
Let's dig in:
*All attendance statistics via Baseball-Reference 2012 MLB Attendance and team statistics/records were compiled on Monday, September 3.
Total Attendance: 1,408,954 (No. 28)
Average Per Game: 20,420 (No. 29)
Stadium Capacity: 35,067
With the way the Oakland Athletics are playing this season, the Coliseum should be sold out every single game.
The A's literally came out of nowhere in 2012, highlighted by a second-half surge that has them clutching to a wild-card position at the moment.
They're arguably baseball's biggest surprise this season and have performed exceptionally well in front of the home crowd, posting a 42-27 home record for the fans.
Oakland hasn't made the postseason since 2006, so fans should be thankful for the improbable run in 2012.
Chicago White Sox
Total Attendance: 1,570,961 (No. 24)
Average Per Game: 24,546 (No. 24)
Stadium Capacity: 40,615
Year after year, the Chicago White Sox are the superior club in Chi-town, yet the Chicago Cubs continue to draw more fans.
The Cubs rank within the top 10 in total attendance and average attendance per game while the White Sox sink to the bottom of the MLB.
Currently tied for the AL Central division with the Detroit Tigers (who most thought would run away with the division), fans need to be out in full force for the Sox while they try to return to the postseason for the first time since being ousted in the 2008 ALDS by the Tampa Bay Rays.
It's truly a sad sight to see that in a baseball market like Chicago, the White Sox are struggling to average barely more than a half-filled stadium.
Total Attendance: 1,644,815 (No. 23)
Average Per Game: 24,549 (No. 23)
Stadium Capacity: 45,971
From what I've heard, Camden Yards is one of the most beautiful stadiums in all of baseball, yet despite being an impressive team in 2012, the Baltimore Orioles are having trouble filling the seats.
The Orioles haven't seen the postseason since 1997 and are in prime position to end the 15-year drought this season, but it's not the fans they'll be feeding off of.
The Fighting Buck Showalters are 37-30 in front of the home crowd and are now just one game behind the New York Yankees in the AL East while also sitting atop the wild-card standings, yet the only time they really sell out is when the Bronx Bombers are in town.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Baltimore Orioles are more than relevant in the AL East and the fans aren't there to see it.
Total Attendance: 1,744,778 (No. 21)
Average Per Game: 26,436 (No. 21)
Stadium Capacity: 38,362
Despite an epic collapse in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates have bounced back and are again in position to clinch a postseason birth.
PNC Park is beautiful and ticket prices are low, but fans still aren't coming out to the park to see potential NL MVP Andrew McCutchen lead his team to October baseball.
The Pirates, who are 40-26 at home, have the best attendance out of the five teams on this list, but they haven't made the postseason since 1992, so fans should be grateful for the effort put forth by their Bucs.
Still lacking a wild-card spot, the Pirates need their fans to come out and show their support for what Clint Hurdle and the rest of the Pirates have done this season.
Tampa Bay Rays
Total Attendance: 1,295,163 (No. 30)
Average Per Game: 19,926 (No. 30)
Stadium Capacity: 34,078
Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays do not deserve postseason baseball this season, nor did they in 2008, 2010 or 2011.
Tampa fans have been so disloyal to the squad that Evan Longoria publicly called the fans out, via ESPN.
The Rays have the worst attendance here in 2012 and usually fall in the bottom five every other season.
For the past few years, Tampa Bay has fielded an exciting team and made it to the playoffs, yet fans continue to stay home instead of coming out to the Trop to support their team.
If there's one set of fans that doesn't deserve to feast its eyes on playoff baseball, it's the Tampa Bay Rays fans.
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