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BASEBALL FANS BEGINNING TO MAKE A COMEBACK?
Published June 23, 1995
The current issue of USA TODAY's BASEBALL WEEKLY charts MLB attendance between '94 and '95. This year's teams with the highest capacity: Rockies (90%), Indians (86%, +3.9% over '94), and the Red Sox (82.5%, +3.5% over '94). Teams with the lowest capacity: Giants (23.6%), Brewers (24.2%), and Twins (24.4%). Driven by resurgence in Texas, Cleveland and Montreal, attendance since May 31 has increased 13% when compared with the previous 18-day period of May 13-30 (Pat Coleman, BASEBALL WEEKLY, 6/27 issue). In USA TODAY, Rod Beaton writes, "Maybe major league baseball is finally catching a break," noting that Raul Mondesi, Manny Ramirez, and Hideo Nomo are all "entering stardom" (USA TODAY, 6/23). In Dallas, Gerry Fraley reports, "The first All- Star Game in Rangers history will be notable for the decreased star quality of the event. Injuries have struck down many of the sport's elite players" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/22). THE SMALLER THE BETTER? MLB owners will try a smaller negotiating committee when talks with players resume. Red Sox CEO John Harrington will remain on the panel, and he will be joined by Rockies Chair Jerry McMorris, and Royals CEO David Glass. According to Harrington, talks should resume in a "few weeks" (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/23). FRANCHISE NOTE: THE SPORTING NEWS reports new Padres Owner John Moores is "quickly" discovering why there are predictions the franchise will be in Northern VA when its lease runs out in '99. Moores on his disappointment with attendance this year, "Frankly, the thought was that if we made some changes in the team, it would help. We have been a little optimistic in how quickly people would react" (Bob Nightengale, THE SPORTING NEWS, 6/26 issue).