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SBD/September 27, 2013/Franchises
MLB Attendance Notes: Phillies Fall From First To Eighth Among Average Crowds
Published September 27, 2013
RAYS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig noted the Rays have "been a great organization," but the attendance figures at Tropicana Field are "just not acceptable." Selig noted he has indicated if the team "doesn't make progress, I'm going to send somebody down there and we're going to have to do something about it." The Rays are on the verge of clinching their fourth postseason berth in six seasons, and Selig said, "Their attendance is the second-lowest in the big leagues today and that's disgraceful. I don’t know how much more blunter I can be than that" ("The John Feinstein Show," CBS Sports Radio, 9/25).
INDIANS LOOKING TO TREND UPWARD: The Indians averaged 22,453 fans over their final six home games, and in Cleveland, Terry Pluto wrote, "That could be a reasonable goal for 2014, which would bring them to at least 1.8 million." A "good sign was their 'no-show' rate for games this season was well under" MLB's average of 20%. Pluto: "I believe the attendance will go up if they can actually have back-to-back winning seasons" (CLEVELAND.com, 9/26).
NOTES: Thursday's crowd of 21,393 at Petco Park pushed the Padres' season attendance total to 2,166,691 -- the most since 2,427,535 in '08 (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/27)....The Yankees ended their '13 home schedule with a final attendance of 3,279,589, down 7.4% from last year and the team's third straight decline (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).