You missed your chance to buy Chipper Jones’ house

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And you could’ve gotten it for a bargain, too!

Jones has sold his mansion-estate in Roswell, GA, for a loss. Measuring 23,504 square feet in size, the rough equivalent of three baseball diamonds, the mansion originally hit the market in May 2013 for $3.195 million. It ultimately sold in March for $2.8 million—$395,000 less than his original ask and $1.53 million less than what Jones paid for the property in 2005.

Jones now lives in a 4,500 square foot house in a different Atlanta burb. The house with the Bat Cave from which he rescues first basemen in distress. If he hadn’t taken a bath on the big mansion he maybe could’ve afforded to put up drywall over those cinderblocks.

Anyway, I can’t say too much about Chipper’s real estate acumen. I too bought a house in 2005. Everyone was doing it back then. And most folks who did probably overpaid like Chipper and I did. Alas.

Minor League Baseball had its worst attendance in 14 years

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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.