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So will attendance be better?

 

Single-game ticket sales are ahead of last year’s pace and heading into Saturday when they went on sale, a team spokesman said they had sold more than double last year’s presale. Sales on Saturday at FanFest were well ahead of the first day of on-sale last year according to the Marlins.

 

From the Herald.

 

This came from "team officials" so the accuracy is debatable but I'm starting to think it's not out of the question that attendance could be "better" than last year even if it's only by a small margin.

 

For all the people who say they're not going to games anymore we already know they didn't even go to the games last year so they can't even be counted upon. For many smarter and more die hard Marlins fans, many will go no matter what and some might even go more because they actually do see hope in a rebuild at this point. If Jeter's plans to connect to the community and more local businesses works then that might bring more people through corporate and group events too.

 

Don't get me wrong, there are many who won't show up in 2018 just because the team is gonna compete for worst team in the majors but if you consider how low attendance already was and the way Jeter is trying to engage the community more... maybe attendance will actually rise?

 

 

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So with the Red Sox and Yankees coming in there should a bump for the way fans, the Mets come in 3 times so there's a bump in attendance for those games, I guess you can add in the Cubs and yeah there might be a slight increase in attendance. I'd be more interested to see where season tickets are for this off-season compared to last. I can't see how this team will have better attendance.

 

 

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From the Herald.

 

This came from "team officials" so the accuracy is debatable but I'm starting to think it's not out of the question that attendance could be "better" than last year even if it's only by a small margin.

 

For all the people who say they're not going to games anymore we already know they didn't even go to the games last year so they can't even be counted upon. For many smarter and more die hard Marlins fans, many will go no matter what and some might even go more because they actually do see hope in a rebuild at this point. If Jeter's plans to connect to the community and more local businesses works then that might bring more people through corporate and group events too.

 

Don't get me wrong, there are many who won't show up in 2018 just because the team is gonna compete for worst team in the majors but if you consider how low attendance already was and the way Jeter is trying to engage the community more... maybe attendance will actually rise?

 

Well, I was a half-season ticket plan holder last year and I'm not planning on going at this point, so this statement  isn't wholly true. It's not just because they killed the team for a few years - it's also because they raised ticket prices at the same time. Let the Yankee and Red Sox fans fill the stadium for a few games this year - fine by me. Wake me up when Jeter does something, anything, better than Loria/Samson did.

 

 

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Wake me up when Jeter does something, anything, better than Loria/Samson did.

 

You must have overslept because he's already done plenty of things better than them. 

 

I'm not planning on going at this point, so this statement  isn't wholly true. It's not just because they killed the team for a few years - it's also because they raised ticket prices at the same time

 

I have no problem with this statement. I know not all fans will continue to go and I don't blame you one bit for not wanting to pay higher prices to watch a worse team in the immediate future. 

 

 

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The idea is a one year deal so they can be spun at the deadline to a contender if they work out. Also allows us to keep some service clocks from starting.

 

I understand about the service clocks. But why not just play someone like Austin Dean or Scott Van Slyke? Why the stopgap - I mean, if y'all don't care if we win 55 or 65 or 75, why bother spending the money at all - just use it to pay down the club debt. Under what  circumstance would Jon Jay or Melky Cabrera net us a prospect worth anything in July?

 

 

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I understand about the service clocks. But why not just play someone like Austin Dean or Scott Van Slyke? Why the stopgap - I mean, if y'all don't care if we win 55 or 65 or 75, why bother spending the money at all - just use it to pay down the club debt. Under what  circumstance would Jon Jay or Melky Cabrera net us a prospect worth anything in July?

 

I understand your rationale, but its about both the potential to flip the established but not great major leaguer we would potentially sign at the deadline for whatever we could get as well as forming an actual major league roster, even if they will still be bad.  Austin Dean stinks and Scott Van slyke has potential as a nice minor league signing but he shouldnt be starting every day.

 

 

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I understand your rationale, but its about both the potential to flip the established but not great major leaguer we would potentially sign at the deadline for whatever we could get as well as forming an actual major league roster, even if they will still be bad.  Austin Dean stinks and Scott Van slyke has potential as a nice minor league signing but he shouldnt be starting every day.

 

Cabrera was pretty bad last year - .748 OPS with 17 HR in 620 AB - just brutal for a corner OF in 2017. Jon Jay's OPS was .746, though Jay can play CF with relative competence. Look, if we're talking service clocks, then we're talking 2 months. Jay made 8 million last year an Cabrera made 15 million last year. Guys like that often retire rather than take a pennies-on-the-dollar deal. So let's say we drive a hard bargain and pay one of these guys 5 million on a one-year deal for a guy to basically play 2 months until Sierra or Brinson is called up. What's the point of that? Is any fan going to say, "Hey, we just signed Jon Jay - this team is really trying to win!" And is any team going to say, "We're a contender, and our CF just got hurt - we have to get Jon Jay!" Jay gets bonus points for being a Cane, but seriously, this whole idea is just dumb. 

 

 

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They aren’t trying to appease fans with the signings.

 

As true as this is you'd be shocked how many of the casual fans would see a Melky Cabrera signing and say "oh finally the Marlins are adding good players!" I know one for sure.

 

Also, I spoke to someone who said to me the other day, "How can they have started spring training if they still haven't signed any players to replace the ones they traded away?" It's like people don't realize there's 68 players in camp, like if the 9 starting players from last season were the only guys on the team. 

 

 

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