If you are to believe a Forbes article from last March, the St. Louis Cardinals have the best fans in baseball, while the Dodgers weren’t even in the top ten.
If you are to take other factors into consideration, then it’s wise to come to the conclusion that it is, in fact, the Los Angeles Dodgers who have the best fans in baseball since, well, they show up in greater numbers. And not just for the home games, either.
For the third year in a row the Dodgers led the majors in average attendance. And for the second time in three years they also led the majors in road attendance. And historically, the fans have always showed up: the Dodgers have finished first or second in attendance 35 times since moving to LA in 1958.
Essentially, the Dodgers have a litany of fans that show up wherever they play. In some aspects, they’re almost like Steelers fans or Yankees fans in that they travel extremely well because there’s simply just far more of them to go around.
There’s a chart that Cafardo shows that details just how dominant of a fanbase the Dodgers have had over the years. They’ve led baseball in attendance 25 times, and have had the widest gaps in attendance totals on four separate occasions.
While Dodger Stadium is definitely larger than Busch Stadium, that still doesn’t account for the Dodgers averaging more fans on the road and a higher percentage of attendance at road games. Not to bemoan the Cardinals, but not as many people go to watch them play when they’re on the road.
If a team is constantly drawing both home fans and away fans in record numbers, then they’re clearly doing something correct. As of right now, the Dodgers have been doing well over the last several years, and even ever since they moved to Los Angeles.
That does not seem to be changing anytime soon.