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MLB attendance drops 1.1%

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Bad news: Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 1.1 percent this season. Good news: It was still pretty healthy, amounting to the 11th most-attended year in the game’s history. Of course, baseball has only had 30 teams for 19 seasons, so modulate that however you’d like.

MLB’s 30 teams combined to draw 73,159,044 fans overall, for an average of 30,169 per game. That was down from last year’s total of 73.76 million and average of 30,517. The average was the lowest since 30,138 in 2010. The record total of 79.5 million and average of 32,785 were set in 2007.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who have always drawn well and who play in baseball’s largest stadium, led in home attendance at 3.7 million. Second came the St. Louis Cardinals, then the Blue Jays, Giants, Cubs, Yankees and Angels, all of whom drew over 3 million fans.  Tampa Bay had the lowest home attendances at 1.29 million, and Oakland was 29th at 1.52 million. Cleveland was 28th at 1.59 million despite winning their division. The lowest in the NL was the Miami Marlins, who drew 1.71 million.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”