One of the biggest stories in Major League Baseball to start the 2019 regular season has been the pathetic attendance for the two Florida-based teams. Currently, the Tampa Bay Rays are averaging only 13,801 fans and the Marlins are even worse at 9,478 fans.
It is clear that having Florida-based teams in MLB has not worked out as planned. A favourite place to be for fans during spring training Grapefruit League action, the level of interest in baseball has not continued in the state once the regular season starts.
On May 28, the Rays had the smallest crowd ever at Tropicana Field. Only 5786 spectators watched the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1.
This is a very good Rays team to watch. Led by center fielder Austin Meadows, who is batting a marvelous .356 and an outstanding top three starters in Blake Snell, Charlie Morton and Tyler Glasnow, the Rays are currently at 35-23 and are only two and a half games back of the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East. The Rays also have a very healthy lead in the American League wildcard at the moment where they lead the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers by five games.
The Marlins ranked last in attendance in 2018, and was the only team in Major League Baseball not to sell one million tickets, as they only had 811, 104 spectators. That was 343,869 fewer fans than the Rays, who were second last in MLB with 1,154,973 fans.