Study: Orioles Have 2nd-Most Bandwagon Fans in MLB
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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The recent resurgence of the Baltimore Orioles has fans packing Camden Yards again, but history shows that will only last as long as the team keeps winning.
The Orioles have the second-most “bandwagon” fans in Major League Baseball, according to a new study from Emory University. The study looks at fan response to winning percentage or, as the study’s authors put it, “insight into which cities are the most prone to bandwagon behavior.”
Philadelphia Phillies fans take the cake as baseball’s biggest bandwagon fanbase.
“The numbers say that Philadelphia fans require their team to perform or they won’t show up,” the study says.
After the Phillies and Orioles, the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers round out the top five bandwagon fanbases. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees have the least bandwagon fans, according to the study.
Fans of the Washington Nationals rank in the dead middle of the league at 16th.
The study also ranks fanbases based on how they react to ticket price hikes.
Orioles fans rank third among the league’s 30 teams in that department, meaning the higher ticket prices go the less likely fans are going to show up to the games. Nationals fans rank eighth in that category.