Minnesota Twins have worst run differential in the MLB, second largest attendance decline

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Silver linings have been hard to find for the Twins so far in 2012.
Sure, a baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. But the Minnesota Twins are like a distance runner experiencing bilateral leg weakness during the first mile.

You see, through 18 games, the Twins have been bad -- really, really bad, with their struggles epitomized by an 11-2 beatdown at the hands of the Boston Red Sox last night where our team couldn't hit or pitch.

In fact, you could make a strong argument that the Twins have been the worst team in the MLB thus far. Their -37 run differential is far and away the worst of out all 30 teams, 12 runs worse than the 29th-place Kansas City Royals. The Twins' 5-13 record is also second worst, again only ahead of the Royals' 3-14 mark.

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Liriano's ERA this year is 11.02. No, that's not a typo.
And despite the fact that Target Field has barely been open for two years, attendance has been declining along with the Twins' fortunes.

Last year, Target Field averaged 38,642 per game. This year, through eight games, average attendance is down to 33,495. That drop of 5,147 fans per game is the second largest in the league, with last-place honors going to Michael Cuddyer's Colorado Rockies.

Presumably fans have been turned off by all the losing. Either that or the Twins have more cigarette smoking fans than the organization bargained for.

In any event, it looks like Twins fans are in for a long season. But on the bright side, scalper tickets should be cheap, right?

-- Hat tip to David Brauer for pointing out the Twins' attendance decline in a tweet.

See also:
-- 2012 Twins projections: Getting comfy in the AL Central cellar

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14 comments
whatdeyaknow
whatdeyaknow

I suspect the corporate welfare train is about to derail. The characters who ignored the overwhelmingly negative voter view for funding yet another pro sports' facility better be ready to pony up when the team goes broke and the city is left with an empty stadium. Wonder how many season it will take for the Viking's boondoggle to become a liability?

Softballsucksbigtime
Softballsucksbigtime

Obviously the twins are bad, thanks for stating what is already known in this article.  Fans have given up on this team so easily they need to get behind them.  Not every season can go as planned.  I love baseball and I love the twins and I'm not going to give up on them  because of a bad start.  If we all stay true to the twins maybe they can pull through just give them time.

Fleeced
Fleeced

Are there actually people who didn't assume this was going to happen?!  Now the funny thing is the payroll is close to 100million and they've clearly shown how they don't know how to spend the money wisely.  I maintain that people can gather/fudge all the numbers they want to justify a stadium and how they need a new one to be competitive.  Bottom line is it's just to feel good that you can keep up with the Joneses. Of course we had to be retarded and have an open air stadium on the cheap so now it is worthless in the fall/winter.  I'm rooting for the drive for 135!

aronamis
aronamis

no smoking hurts a bit , but no pitching, no hitting & bad fielding , questionable managment & front office decisions and the shine wearing off the new stadium = poor attendance .  (I'm still a fan of baseball just not going to the games) .

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

Where are all the fans that wanted to see baseball in the sun - you FANS are so fickle.  And now you want us to build a stadium for the Vikings? 

Joe
Joe

I KNEW the allure of a new stadium would not carry them for long.  Now all that 'economic projection' bullshit is going to fall short and my property taxes are going to go up AGAIN.

MN stop paying for new stadiums!!!

TheBlob
TheBlob

Your attendance stats logic might not be air-tight.  It would be better to compare this year's average attendance to date with last year's average attendance at this same date instead of the average for the whole season.  This is Minnesota, after all.  I have to think less people would spend money on games that might get snowed on.  Last year's attendance at this date is probably still more than this year's, but by a smaller margin.

GoodRiddance
GoodRiddance

That's what they get for being a nanny state team.. Judging by normal everyday society, I'd say that is about 6000 smokers that said fuck the bullshit, I'll watch on tv, or NOT. Same thing happened to the bars, everyone I know now had a pool table, and we save a ton of money not going to bars anymore, thanks MN.

Starquest
Starquest

Average attendance thru nine home games:

2011 = 38,5942012 = 33,357

That's a drop of more than 15%.

TheBlob
TheBlob

 I'll trust your statistic, even though your avatar leads me to view this as anti-Minnesota propaganda.

Starquest
Starquest

 I'm a Packers / Brewers / Twins fan.  The trifecta.  Not to worry.

I watched the Twins game last night.  Had they been simply blown out, I could have turned it off early, but it was one of those games they lost at the last moment.  That's the risk you take I guess :)

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