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MLB TEAM NEWS & NOTES: BREWERS REACH SEASON-TICKET RECORD
Published May 11, 1998
The Brewers have set a "franchise record" by securing 9,062 season-ticket packages as of Sunday, according to Tom Haudricourt of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The team has sold 1.25 million tickets so far this season, about 250,000 more than at this point last year. Through 20 home dates, the team has drawn 335,890, compared with 247,619 in '97 (Tom Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/10). A'S: In San Jose, Howard Bryant reported that attendance at the Oakland Coliseum is "consistently under 10,000 so far," and there are large, "macro issues that poor attendance continues to push to the forefront -- negotiating with the Oakland Coliseum Authority on a new lease, the possibility of selling the team, moving to a new location within the Bay Area or out of the region." Bryant reports that various groups in the South Bay "are interested in attracting baseball" to Silicon Valley, and "[p]rivately, the A's believe a new start ... would allow them to be competitive with the bigger spenders" in the AL (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/10). In Oakland, the TRIBUNE examined the sparse attendance, as the A's are on pace to draw fewer than one million for the first time since '80: "Is it the attitude of the current owners? ... Is it the coolness and distance of [co-Owners Steve] Schott and [Ken] Hofmann? ... Is it ownership's failure to express unconditional commitment to the area?" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 5/10). MARLINS: Marlins President Don Smiley, on his plan to reduce payroll to $12-16M in '99: "This is restructuring. There is no doubt about it. It's just like any other company restructuring that's in trouble. You must make difficult decisions and you must accept the rough water that goes along with it" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/10). ESPN's Peter Gammons, on the team's payroll reductions: "What's so stupid to me is that, you know, you never get that attendance bump the year that you're going for it for the first time ... you get it the year after. ... I don't see that they've done anything for that franchise" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 5/10). OTHER MLB NOTES: In N.Y., Murray Chass, on New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's calls for increased attendance at Yankees Stadium: "Does he know the Mets exist? He has been so busy tub-thumping for the Yankees that maybe he has forgotten that they do" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/11)....The Devil Rays drew 42,486 Saturday versus the Orioles, their second biggest crowd of the season (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/10). ....The Phillies announced during yesterday's game versus the D'Backs, which was played during inclement weather, that all used or unused tickets for the game could be exchanged for a future game (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/11)....The Pirates held their second "meet and greet the fan night" Friday, but it didn't go "quite as well" as last year's event, when the team was "mobbed by enthusiastic fans and the idea gained national media attention." Paid attendance Friday was 13,848 (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 5/9).