Twins Seeing Big Attendance Rebound Since Early April
The Twins marked their sixth sellout of the year yesterday when 38,886 fans packed Target Field, as the "attendance woes of early April are nothing but a distant memory now," according to Betsy Helfand of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. A Prince jersey giveaway on Friday, the Joe Mauer number retirement ceremony on Saturday and Father’s Day yesterday, combined with the Twins leading the AL Central, "helped create the busy weekend at Target Field." The Twins were "near the bottom of the majors in attendance in April, thanks in large part to lingering, persistent cold, but they have moved up near the middle of the pack." Heading into yesterday, they were averaging 23,553 fans per game at Target Field, though those numbers have been "trending upward." The Twins drew an average of 17,008 fans in April games. That number "jumped more than 10,000 per game to 27,151 in May and has ticked up even higher in the first few home games of June" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/17).
BIG WEEKEND: The Braves’ three-game series against the Phillies over the weekend "drew a record 126,423 to SunTrust Park." Saturday’s crowd of 43,593 was the "largest in the ballpark’s three-year history." It also marked the Braves' fifth sellout this season. Through 38 home games, the Braves have drawn 1,188,636 fans, for an average of 31,280 per game. The Braves averaged 31,470 fans last season and 30,929 in '17 (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 6/17).
PLAN FOR THE WORST: In Seattle, Ryan Divish wrote it is possible that the Mariners' upcoming series against the Royals and Orioles this week could post the "record for lowest attendance" at T-Mobile Park. The record is 9,808 versus the Astros on Sept. 9, 2013. The Mariners do have a "couple of big marketing plans," including the Lou-au night (referencing former manager Lou Pinella) this Friday, where "free Hawaiian shirts are given away" (SEATTLE TIMES, 6/16).