This wasn’t one of those “oh my God, tell everyone you know about it throws,” but it was an incredibly smooth and satisfying throw with good camera work, so it’s the sort of play you could watch over and over again.
Here’s Jackie Bradley, Jr. throwing Carlos Beltran out at home in last night’s Red Sox win over the Yankees:
His quote after the game was pretty good too. Bradley musing about Beltran’s motivation on going home:
“Maybe he thought I was going to concede the run with the lead we had. Nope.”
The throw was Bradley’s ninth assist this season, leading all outfielders in that category.
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.