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There were some poorly-attended games last night


As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, paid attendance at the Mets-Marlins game was 7,003. That’s the lowest attendance for a regularly-scheduled big league game this decade. The only ones lower came at that game they played in the small park at the Little League World Series last summer, a couple of relocated games in the wake of hurricanes and that game with no crowd at all in Baltimore in the wake of the riots following the Freddie Gray verdict.

The Marlins weren’t the only ones with poor attendance on Monday, however. There were only 7,915 in Baltimore and only 9,843 in Cleveland. Unlike in Miami, however, where it was 85 degrees, the weather was godawful for the O’s and Indians games, making the low draw pretty understandable. It’s going to get warmer as the week goes on, but until now the east and midwest have been stuck on January for months.

Later in the year when overall attendance numbers are spoken about and people are drawing conclusions about WHAT IT ALL MEANS, remember that (a) for many major league cities, the first two weeks of the season have basically been like deleted scenes from “Snowpiercer,”; and that (b) the Marlins have worked overtime to aggressively alienate their fans. From there, adjust accordingly.

Puig takes swing at Hundley, both ejected as benches clear

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took a swing at San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley and both players were ejected during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning Tuesday night.

Puig swatted his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch from Tony Watson, and Hundley said something to the mercurial slugger while still in his crouch. Puig turned around and walked toward Hundley, the catcher stood up, and they stood face to face and argued for a moment before Puig shoved Hundley twice.

That brought players out of the benches and bullpens. Puig and Hundley were momentarily separated, but Puig ducked around teammates, coaches and manager Dave Roberts before reaching back to hit Hundley. He smacked Hundley with an open hand across the front of his catcher’s mask.

The players were then separated again for good. After discussing with both managers, the umpires ejected both Puig and Hundley.

It was the fourth career ejection for Puig, who had also got into a skirmish with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in 2014.