Marlins attendance is down 11,000 fans per game compared to this same point last season and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that no one is watching them on television either:
Marlins TV ratings have been dreadful, with the first two home games this week generating a 1.8 and 1.5–numbers comparable to daytime game shows–followed by Wednesday’s embarrassing 0.8–equaling .8 percent of Dade/Broward homes with TV sets.
According to Sports Business Journal‘s numbers published back in October no team had an average rating below 1.0 last season. I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but based on last year the Marlins are likely getting fewer than 20,000 people to watch the games on television so far.
The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Royals for cash considerations.
Gore has not played in the big leagues at all this season and only has 49 games and 14 plate appearances to his credit at the big league level over four seasons. Still, in that time, he has stolen 21 bases as a pinch-runner extraordinaire. That has extended into the postseason too, as he has four stolen bases in postseason play despite never having had a postseason plate appearance.
Figure the Cubs want some instant speed themselves, at the very least for September, when active rosters expand to 40-men. If he proves valuable then, and if the Cubs can find room for him, he’d be a useful playoff weapon as well.