I am not sure which character says it but "Tell Your Statistics to Shut Up" is a memorable line from "Ball Four" - The Jim Bouton chronical of his 1969 season.
With that explanation, I would like to add another feature to Phungo - Looking at some Stats, mostly with the help of the incredible Baseball-Reference.com. For Practical purposes I think I will refer to this feature as SUS for Shut Up Stats.
Today I want to look at 2 of the big Off-Seasons signings and the impacts on those two Teams Attendace. Specifically I am talking about Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols.
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Interesting stuff on the movement of our two sluggers. Both Detroit and the Angels have had mediocre seasons - with the Angels surging a bit recently. However it is Prince Fielder's team that had the Attendance jump while Pujols team has had one of the worst attendence declines in the league.
The Angels have had 30 Home dates so far this season. If you prorate Albert Pujols $12MM 2012 salary for those 30 games that means the Angels are paying him roughly 75K a game to draw 3377 less fans.
Of course there are lots of other factors in attendance - Tean Play, Weather, Weekend/Weeknight games, The Dodgers Success, as well as the Stanley Cup Champs, Lakers and even Clippers.
- ChiTown - Cubs stink attendance up, ChiSox in First Place attendance down
- Least Coast Bias - Both Mets and Yankees down 1000+/Game - Phils also down, Boston up slightly. ChesBay area O's and Nats both Up Though.
- The Spurned - The two teams that lost Pujols and Fielder both are Up - impressive for the Brew Crew who also went thru the Braun PR Hit. Of course the Cardinals are coming off a World Championship. The other World Series Participant Texas is up as well.
Source: Baseball-Reference.com - Year to Year Attendance Page
Stats Captured on 2012 06 12 for games played through 2012 06 11