Blue Jays draw lowest attendance since 2010

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 01: Trey Mancini #16 of the Baltimore Orioles circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning during MLB game action as Sam Gaviglio #43 the Toronto Blue Jays reacts at Rogers Centre on April 1, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
The Toronto Blue Jays didn't play particularly well on Monday. And there weren't a lot of fans there to see it.

After an offseason low on intrigue and sporting a lineup without the most appealing player in the organization anywhere near it, it certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to say that interest in the Toronto Blue Jays coming into the 2019 season is the lowest it has been in quite a few years.

The attendance figure for Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles would go a long way in supporting that claim. The Jays drew 10,450 in paid attendance, the lowest mark in nearly a decade.

Whether it was purely out of indifference to the team and the quality of opponent, ticket pricing, or the fact that the playoff-bound Maple Leafs and Raptors were also in action at the same time, the fact remains: there were less fans in the stands on Monday than there had been for any game since April 19, 2010, when they drew 10,314 on a Monday against the Kansas City Royals.

It was a struggle to get people in the seats across MLB on Monday, as Toronto didn’t even draw the worst crowd of the night. The Cincinnati Reds drew 7,799 —the lowest in their ballpark’s history — while the Miami Marlins had a paltry 6,489 in the stands for their 7-3 loss to the Mets.

Monday night games are notoriously tough draws, and the 2019 Orioles are nobody’s idea of a marquee opponent, but this attendance nadir coupled with a home opener that failed to sell out is a far cry from the team that led the American League in attendance in 2016 and 2017.

It’s not all doom and gloom, of course. Sunny skies, an open roof, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. are right around the corner.


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