Phillies top Yankees, lead MLB in attendance for the first time


Not only does Philadelphia have the best record in baseball at 98-58, the Phillies are going to lead MLB in attendance for the first time in team history.

Their final home game was yesterday and it was their 204th straight sellout dating back to 2009. Overall they finished the season with 3,680,718 fans or an average of 45,441 per game.

That puts them slightly ahead of the Yankees with 3,505,511 and 44,942 per game, and as Jim Salisbury of notes Yankee Stadium has a much larger seating capacity at 51,000.

In their final season at Veterans Stadium in 2003 the Phillies drew 2.26 million fans. In the eight seasons at Citizens Bank Park they’ve never drawn fewer than 2.66 million fans and their last five seasons are 3.11 million, 3.42 million, 3.60 million, 3.78 million, and 3.68 million.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.