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Ticket & Attendance Watch
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 07:54


They say April showers bring May flowers, but Major League Baseball could use more sunshine.

The league is taking an attendance hit, and teams will be playing more double-headers due to the high number if rainouts. As of yesterday, the league has seen 12 rainouts. To place this in perspective, there were just the two rainouts for all of April last season. By the 19th of April of 2010 there were no rainouts.

There have been 3 days where more than one game has been rained out (April 12, 16, and 19) with the 12th seeing three games postponed due to poor weather.

The AL East has been hit the worst with all open-air stadiums seeing at least one postponement. The Yankees have the dubious distinction of being the only club this year to see more than one rainout.

And remember, this doesn’t account for rain delays. MLB is sure to point to some of this as a key reason for the attendance drop early in the 2011 season.

See the table below for each game rained out so far in the 2011 season.

MLB Rainouts
Date Day Away Home
3-Apr Sun D-backs Rockies
6-Apr Weds Twins Yankees
8-Apr Fri Rangers Orioles
12-Apr Tues Orioles Yankees
12-Apr Tues Brewers Pirates
12-Apr Tues Rockies Mets
13-Apr Weds Rays Red Sox
15-Apr Fri Mets Braves
16-Apr Sat Brewers Nationals
16-Apr Sat Marlins Phillies
19-Apr Tues Padres Cubs
19-Apr Tues Nationals Cardinals

Source: Major League Baseball

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