With two weeks to play, there are four teams averaging fewer than 20,000 per game: Tampa Bay 18,724, Miami 19,321, Cleveland 19,435 and Houston 19,595. There are five individual franchises that average more than the combined averages of the two Florida teams.
“Everyone talks about the plight of Tampa Bay and Oakland, but the franchise that I worry about is Cleveland,” says one GM. “Chris (Antonetti) and Mark (Shapiro) did a great job putting together a team that could well end up in the playoffs. Ownership spent money. Terry Francona has given them credibility and great leadership. But can the Indians survive? It’s a difficult question for Major League Baseball.”