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24/7 Wall St.: 12 Major League Teams Running out of Fans

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2. Baltimore Orioles

Decrease in attendance: 44.00%
2001 W-L record: 63-98 (finished 4th in AL East)
2010 W-L record: 66-96 (finished 5th in AL East)
League championships last decade: none

Baltimore’s golden years were arguably during the Cal Ripken Jr. era of the 90’s. The team was competitive nearly every year, and had the best record in the American League in 1998. After Ripken retired, the team’s talent — and most of its fan base — began to wane. The team is in a division with three of the best teams in the American League (the Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Devil Rays) and the odds are stacked against it gaining a playoff berth. The team has not made the playoffs since 1997. In 2001, the annual stadium attendance in Baltimore was just over 3 million. Today, it is 1.74 million.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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