The bottom 12 teams in Major League Baseball’s average road attendance were all American League.
19 Baltimore 31,653
20 Cleveland 31,026
21 Tampa Bay 30,342
22 Toronto 30,262
23 Chicago Sox 30,253
24 Oakland 29,943
25 Kansas City 29,926
26 Seattle 29,822
27 Texas 29,765
28 Minnesota 29,660
29 LA Angels 29,621
30 Detroit 29,308
Perplexed? As am I. Yes, I know the Designated Hitter is a travesty, created solely for the purpose of SportsCenter (SportsCentre in Canada) to sell more ads… yet, I can’t imagine this rule alone having such a profound effect on attendance figures nationwide. Conversely, I would gather it to increase turnout, as the ‘reasonable man’ test seems to fancy the long ball.
Perhaps, as my hombre suggested, it is correlated to the tighter divisional races in the National League? But, the disparate pursuits weren’t apparent in the first half of the season, as they had yet to materialize. And still people were going to games.
So what gives?
My only conclusion is that it must be the big, bad credit card companies flexing their financial prowess and bullying the American League. Have a look-see at the map depicting the top ten credit card issuers and their associated charter states.
Utah (Colorado Rockies)
South Dakota (nothing even remotely close)
Virginia (Washington Nationals)
Delaware (Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates)
New Hampshire (Boston Red Sox)
All National League Teams. Well almost. Though Boston is in the American League, they are also the top team in Average Road Attendance (38,367). I guess even the MAN can’t stop the Bo’Sox , so the theory still holds water.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!