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  • MLB Attendance Down 3% To Date; Astros Down 20% During First Season In AL

    MLB attendance is down nearly 3% through May 29, with the decline due to myriad factors, including decreased interest in interleague play, large numbers of weather postponements and traditionally strong-drawing teams posting weaker figures at the gate. The Rangers lead all AL clubs with an average of 39,810 fans per game, although that is down 8% compared to the same period last year. During their first season in the AL, the Astros' attendance is down 20%. Also seeing double-digit percentage drops at the gate are the Red Sox and Twins. The Blue Jays and Orioles lead all AL clubs in gains, up 19% and 15%, respectively. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the AL through May 29, with comparisons to the same period last year. See tomorrow's issue for NL figures (THE DAILY).

    MLB AMERICAN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE THROUGH MAY 29
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    %+/-
    GMS ('12)
    Rangers
    22
    875,819
    39,810
    82.7%
    43,447
    -8.4%
    25
    Yankees
    25
    950,873
    38,035
    75.6%
    40,950
    -7.1%
    25
    Angels
    26
    964,609
    37,100
    81.6%
    34,404
    7.8%
    23
    Tigers
    26
    936,623
    36,024
    87.3%
    35,201
    2.3%
    23
    Red Sox
    29
    957,855
    33,029
    88.4%
    37,598
    -12.2%
    25
    Twins
    23
    683,223
    29,705
    76.1%
    34,025
    -12.7%
    25
    Blue Jays
    30
    882,990
    29,433
    59.7%
    24,692
    19.2%
    24
    Orioles
    24
    646,318
    26,930
    58.6%
    23,437
    14.9%
    26
    Royals
    24
    528,353
    22,015
    58.1%
    22,831
    -3.6%
    22
    White Sox
    24
    520,263
    21,678
    53.4%
    20,663
    4.9%
    25
    Mariners
    25
    513,061
    20,522
    43.2%
    20,781
    -1.2%
    22
    Athletics
    25
    509,197
    20,368
    58.1%
    20,218
    0.7%
    25
    Astros
    30
    547,293
    18,243
    43.4%
    22,839
    -20.1%
    26
    Rays
    27
    489,359
    18,124
    53.2%
    19,660
    -7.8%
    26
    Indians
    25
    405,995
    16,240
    38.4%
    16,620
    -2.3%
    28
    AL TOTALS
    385
    10,411,831
    27,044
    63.8%
    28,085
    -3.7%
    344
    MLB TOTALS
    781
    22,821,024
    29,220
    67.6%
    30,108
    -2.9%
    742
                   

    NOTES: All attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. * = Astros moved from the NL to the AL for the '13 season.

    INCREASED INTERLEAGUE PLAY TO BLAME? Columnist Kevin Blackistone said the falling MLB attendance cannot be put "all on interleague play" because there is a "greater problem going on with baseball attendance." But ESPN's Bomani Jones noted interleague play "means something completely different to people who remember the days before it and the people who are in this era now where you have an interleague series all the time." Meanwhile, L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said HD TV has "made it better to watch on television," while bad weather has "really hurt the game this year." Plaschke: "The schedule makers really need to schedule more games in the West Coast and the south at the start of the season" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 5/29).

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