October 20, 2010 11:56 ET
MLB Rankings According to Restroom Capacity
VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) - TicketLiquidator -- The popularity of a stadium is often ranked by how well their home team is doing, concessions and design, but can the quality of an MLB game be ranked according to toilet capacity? TicketLiquidator was determined to figure that out, contacting every Major League ballpark to ask one important question: how many toilets do you have? The responses, or lack thereof, were completely unexpected.
Lots of information is considered to be in the public domain -- the works of Shakespeare, Beethoven's 9th symphony and the Mona Lisa for example. Top baseball stadiums are quick to dish about the quality of seating and luxury skyboxes but some have decided kept lavatory affairs a private matter. In other words, for half of the teams in baseball's highest echelon, toilet capacity is taboo.
The Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, LA Angels, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays refused to provide the number of potties in their stadiums. What are they hiding? Some sabermetric secret? A tiny number of toilets? So, if you are planning to buy some San Francisco Giants tickets and get out to AT&T Park, you'll have to roll the dice on the commode count.
Of the teams willing to relinquish their restroom statistics, the Pittsburgh Pirates were best at looking out for their fans, providing approximately 1.89 toilets for every 100 seats at PNC Park. Not that it makes up for a professional sports record, 18 consecutive losing seasons for the Pirates, but it's something! The next team topping the list of high-ranked restrooms was the Chicago White Sox with 1.69 toilets per 100 seats at US Cellular Field.
Here are the full rankings of teams willing to respond:
1. Pittsburgh Pirates -- 1.89 toilets per 100 seats
2. Chicago White Sox -- 1.69 toilets per 100 seats
3. Minnesota Twins -- 1.62 toilets per 100 seats
4. (tie) Cincinnati Reds
Kansas City Royals -- 1.58 toilets per 100 seats
6. (tie) NY Mets
Colorado Rockies -- 1.54 toilets for 100 seats
8. (tie) Seattle Mariners
NY Yankees -- 1.49 toilets per 100 seats
10. St Louis Cardinals -- 1.45 toilets per 100 seats
11. Arizona Diamondbacks -- 1.44 toilets per 100 seats
12. Cleveland Indians -- 1.36 toilets per 100 seats
13. Atlanta Braves -- 0.892 toilets per 100 seats
14. Oakland A's -- 0.699 toilets per 100 seats
The above teams have ranked highest in toilet tallies, but one question has still gone unanswered -- does a true MLB fan need to primp or ruminate at the top of the ninth after spending some serious cash for World Series tickets? Possibly not, but avoiding the lines and doing your business with enough time to catch, say Bengie Molina hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off A.J. Burnett in the sixth inning, surely makes the MLB experience a bit smoother.