Oakland Athletics star Matt Chapman on empty stadiums: ‘We’re used to not having too many fans’

There won’t be fans in the seats at Major League Baseball games this season, but Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman says that may give his team an edge – since it’s not too different from a normal game at its home ballpark.

“I think it’s going to play to our advantage – a lot of our games are pretty quiet in general,” Chapman said Thursday. “We’re used to not having too many fans at the games.”.

Despite winning 97 games in 2020 and reaching the postseason for a second consecutive year, the Athletics averaged just 20,521 fans – about 44% of Oakland Coliseum’s capacity. The team’s attendance has been in the bottom five of the American League in 12 of the past 14 seasons.

“I think other teams coming in and seeing no fans and a big huge empty stadium and it might be a little cold at night, it just plays to our advantage,” Chapman said. “We’re used to playing there. We’re used to playing in front of however big or small a crowd is.”.

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Chapman hit 36 home runs with 91 RBI in 2019 and finished sixth in AL MVP voting, winning his second consecutive Gold Glove award.

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