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Royals Manager Clarifies Comments About Sparse Crowds At Kaufmann Stadium
Published August 28, 2014
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE? In K.C., Vahe Gregorian writes Yost "did himself no favors by broaching the topic as he did," but it also is hard to understand "what was so inherently offensive about objecting to the meager turnout." Reasonable minds "can disagree on this, but Yost might well have been making more of a plea than he was chastising." There "are many reasons fans don’t show," and any reason any fan "doesn’t want to go is valid, whether it’s about money or weather or the ease and luxury of the home-viewing experience." Still, relatively speaking, the Royals "are in the midst of a full-on phenomenon" (K.C. STAR, 8/28). ESPN's Jackie MacMullan said if the Royals "get to the playoffs this year, I guarantee you those seats will be filled next year" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/27). But MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal said it is "not anyone's position to tell fans how to spend their money." Rosenthal: "It's inappropriate for a manager to come out and say, 'Hey, we need you here'" ("MLB Now," MLB Network, 8/27).
PEOPLE ARE WATCHING: In K.C., Blair Kerkhoff notes overall crowds at Kauffman Stadium this year are bigger, "even if they are slightly smaller across baseball." The Royals "are averaging 23,353 fans per game through 64 home dates after a crowd of 17,688 watched them beat the Twins 6-1 on Wednesday." That is the "best average since the team drew 24,570 per game" in the strike-shortened '94 season. That is an "increase of 1,512 over the average from last season, when the Royals posted their first winning record in a decade and chased a playoff spot until the final week." Royals Senior VP/Business Operations Kevin Uhlich expects that their season attendance will "be around 1.9 million." The last year the Royals "drew that many was 1993, George Brett’s final season." Meanwhile, the Royals also "continue to move the needle" on TV, as the team "owns a 6.2 season rating" on FS K.C., "slightly below last year’s 6.4 rating" (K.C. STAR, 8/28).