A handful of MLB teams are working on serious attendance issues

Fans hold the Tampa Bay Ray mark in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field on September 24, 2021 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Not all MLB teams are living the same reality: some of them are succeeding and playing their best ball year after year, others are fighting.

Just as happens with performances, some squads are enjoying great numbers of appearances, others are reporting a disappointingly low number of fans on the stand.

In fact, in some triplets the team is drawing more crowds than a few MLB franchises.

“Albuquerque in Triple attracted 15,190 fans last night. That’s more than the Pirates, Marlins and A’s draws yesterday and just 5 fewer fans than Red’s presence, “Baseball America editor JJ Cooper tweeted.

It speaks louder about the allure of the Albuquerque isotopes, but it also speaks louder about the flaws of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins and Oakland Athletics franchises.

Unrivaled franchise

The Tampa Bay Rays have put together a competitive, durable team over the last few seasons, but the Pirates have been bad for years, and the same can be said about the Marlins even though they did post-season two years ago (in an expanded version), though).

Athletics have sold half of their team and released the other half through free agency and now the team is playing in a triple at an ancient ballpark.

Until those teams start trying soon and change some of their realities, they can only host a few loyal fans per game.

This is something the league must deal with, but they had a golden opportunity during the lockout and failed to come up with an effective solution.

The reality is that a lot of people are reluctant to go to the stadium and see their team lose two out of three matches and it is hard to blame them.

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