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Rangers Among Teams With Highest Attendance Jump

Darren Rovell has compiled every MLB team's attendance through two home series as compared to 2010, and the Rangers are near the top of the list of those on the upswing. The Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland A's are the two biggest jumpers, Toronto up 41.4% to 25,460 and Oakland next up 25.9% to 20,548. While those teams' percentage jumps are higher, the Rangers rival the Jays in pure numbers with a 22.0% jump to 36,462 from just under 30,000.

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The World Series champion Giants are the other team above a 20% increase, up to 41,795. Just two teams have dropped by more than 20%: Seattle at 23.1 and Tampa Bay at 25.6. Out of 30 clubs, 17 have seen a sinlge-digit rise or fall.

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Rovell's primary point is that attendence this season is basically level - the overall average is down 304 fans per game - through the first series in 2011. That is despite numerous pictures of largely empty ballparks throughout April. As we in Texas are well aware, baseball attendance can be harder to come by during bad weather periods and before school is out for the summer.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.