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by Kingman on April 23 at 3:25PM
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Baseball Reference published some data on stadium attendance so far this year.

Bottom line: The Mets are pulling in significantly less people than last year.

Some of that is to be expected, as Citi Field was brand spiffy new in 2009. But there are far too many empty seats to blame just on new stadium hangover. Some of the blame has to rest on a) poor play on the field and b) atrocious ticket prices and ticket plan offerings.

Here is the article:

Fans Flock to Twins (not Mets)

Through Wednesday, unofficial major league paid attendance had fallen by 647 per game. The top five gainers per game are the Minnesota Twins (15,906), the Atlanta Braves (6,098), the Texas Rangers (5,949), the Dodgers (4,209) and Kansas City (2,828).

Eric Miller/Reuters Joe Mauer and the Twins have a new stadium and attendance numbers are up.

The top five losers are the Mets (down by 6,663), the San Diego Padres (6,318), the Florida Marlins (5,221), the Arizona Diamondbacks (4,796) and the Baltimore Orioles (4,643). Three teams with established parks -- Toronto, Cleveland and Baltimore -- have set single-game lows for attendance.

Teams have played only 6 to 10 home games, so these numbers are sensitive to the weather and the opponents. For instance, the Royals hosted the Boston Red Sox for three of their six home games.

But with 19 teams showing lower attendance so far, it appears that major league baseball is not yet ready to rebound to its attendance highs set in 2007.




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