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Monday, April 19, 2010
Thanks to Twins, attendance steady

Tom Van Riper on some early returns:
It's always something, right? A year ago, some of the attendance drop was due to new ballparks in New York, with both holding fewer seats than the buildings they replaced. This year, the new ballpark is helping. I'm sure the Marlins will provide a nice bump when their new stadium opens in 2012.

I have to admit that I don't really understand all of those huge drops in other ballparks. The Blue Jays, sure: They just traded their best player. But the A's, the Marlins, and the Diamondbacks? None of them gave up last winter, and all are expected to at least flirt with contending. And the Orioles haven't contended for so long you'd think they might by now be impervious to attendance fluctuations of any sort.

Of course, there's a reason we don't pay much attention to numbers in the middle of April. No team in the majors has played more than eight home games, and most have played between two and six. It's simply too early to draw any real conclusions, except perhaps that the Twins are going to draw more fans this year than last year.

But we already knew that, didn't we?