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

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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 CSNPhilly.com 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.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.