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Have you heard this before? Rays attendance is the worst in major leagues

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The wins may have slightly increased this year for the Tampa Bay Rays, but the attendance figures were one of the worst in a long time.

The Rays had their lowest figures in 10 years this year, averaging only 15,403 fans, once again the worst in major league baseball. A roster filled with new faces, a new manager and a new general manager did not help. A fourth-place finish sealed the deal.

The Rays drew 1,247,668 fans this year, a drop of some 200,000 fans over the past year or 2,454 fans per game. The next-lowest figure in baseball was Cleveland, which averaged 2,403 more fans than the Rays to come in 29th.

The figure was the fourth worst of any season the Rays have had, and it comes as the the team is fighting for the right to seek out a new stadium across the bay. Owner Stuart Sternberg has been adamant that he wants the ability to look in Tampa before he would agree to stay in St. Petersburg.

The Los Angeles Dodgers drew some three times as many fans as the Rays with 3,764,815 fans.

This was the fifth straight year the Rays have drawn fewer than 1.6 million.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit [email protected]

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