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Winnipeg Goldeyes lead the Independent Leagues in attendance

By: Devon Teeple

The upstart Sugar Land Skeeters were the kings of the attendance game in 2012, ranking 19th out of 388 minor league baseball teams according to Ballpark Digest.

Ranked 32, the Winnipeg Goldeyes averaged 5,705 fans per game, nearly 1,000 less than Sugar Land (6,650).

The tides have turned thus far in 2013, but not by much.

Midway through the 2013 season, the Goldeyes are on top of the Independent attendance world averaging 5,811 per game. The Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association are No.2 at 5,702 and the second year Skeeters ranked third with 5,699 per game.

The American Association has four teams in the top ten (Goldeyes, T-Bones, St. Paul Saints, Fargo-Moorehead RedHawks), while the Atlantic League has five in the top ten (Skeeters, Long Island Ducks, Somerset Patriots, Lancaster Barnstormers, York Revolution).

The Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League round out the top ten averaging 3,482.

The Independent Leagues topped the 7,000,000 mark last year. It doesn't appear they will top that number again this year, the "Big 4" (American Association, Atlantic League, Can-Am League, Frontier League), are averaging more per game than in 2011 despite having two less teams in the mix.

Overall, the Atlantic League is averaging more than 4,000 per game and is almost certain to top the 2,000,000 mark again. The American Association, with an Independent League high 14 teams, averages more than 3,000 per game, putting them on pace to surpass the 2,000,000 mark with utmost certainty.

*Attendance numbers courtesy; American Association, Atlantic League, Can-Am League, Frontier League*

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

 



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