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SBD/June 17, 2014/Franchises
Royals' Record Payroll Could Grow Even Larger As GM Moore Pushes For Playoff Berth
Published June 17, 2014
EVERYONE'S A CONTENDER: In Seattle, Geoff Baker reports MLB adding a second wild-card team in '12 has allowed team owners to "spend the next several months giving off the impression their team will be one of those eventually keeping late-season races tight," a move that can be "real good for business. Just about every team can "claim they are contending a little longer without even fibbing." The Mariners enter play today just 1 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot, and the team is "averaging 23,842 spectators at Safeco Field versus 20,834 at this point last season." Meanwhile, crowds "aren’t always a complete indicator of fan interest." The Royals missed the postseason last year, but "that second wild card kept them in contention." Their crowds "barely grew," but their TV numbers "jumped by the highest in baseball, 71 percent" (SEATTLE TIMES, 6/17).