The good news for Mets prospect Travis d’Arnaud is that he won’t need surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture in his left foot. The bad news is that manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the Triple-A catcher is expected to miss eight weeks.
d’Arnaud was off to a solid start at Triple-A, posting a .901 OPS through 12 games, but took a foul ball off his foot while catching. John Buck’s shockingly good start meant the Mets weren’t going to be in a rush to call up d’Arnaud anyway, but now this injury likely means a promotion wouldn’t come until the second half.
d’Arnaud, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, ranked among MLB’s top 25 prospects this season and last season according to Baseball America.
Baseball American reports today that total attendance at minor league baseball games reached a 14-year low in 2018. Total attendance was 40,450,337. That’s a drop of 1,382,027 fans compared to last season.
Around a third of that drop is attributable to fewer scheduled games but, as Baseball America notes, even when you go to average attendance per game, there was a sharp drop off this season. BA suggests that this represents a leveling off after over a decade’s worth of large increases in minor league attendance. Which sound pretty plausible. Overall, attendance numbers are still massively above where they were 15-20 years ago, so this seems more like a correction than a real problem. The BA article goes into some good analysis of the decline.
All of that said, revenues are up for the minors, in large part because of merchandise sales and because minor league ballparks have a lot more amenities and better concessions than they used to have and fans are willing to pay for them.