According to financial filings obtained by the New York Times, attendance through the first quarter of the Yankees home schedule is down from the same point last year. Just how much? The Yankees’ per-game decline of 3,793 over the same number of games last season (through Tuesday) is the third-worst in MLB, according to Baseball Reference, trailing only the Royals and the Mets.
In fact, ticket and suite revenues has fallen by over 42 percent ($166 million) over the last seven seasons, since the Yankees won the World Series in 2009.
One of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports is facing the same issues confronting other baseball teams: Building relationships with a younger fan base and building a winning team. The club has failed to secure a playoff berth in three of the last four years yet kept ticket prices among the most expensive in the game.
Braves slugger Freddie Freeman, who left Wednesday’s game after being hit by a pitch, will be out approximately 10 weeks after additional testing Thursday showed he has a broken wrist, the team announced Thursday afternoon.
However, Fox Sports baseball insider Ken Rosenthal reported that surgery won’t be necessary on the nondisplaced fracture.
I can feel my swing when I’m up there, in the first few pitches, Trout said. If I swing through a few pitches, I know I’m swinging a little bit too hard, trying to hit the ball too far. So it’s calming yourself down and keep trusting it. That’s the biggest thing for me ’ trusting it.
So, yeah, like The Beatles with Sgt. Pepper’s, the best player in baseball is getting better after changing his approach for the better, and it’s been something to watch.