What's the deal with the Indians? They have an exciting, interesting, fun, and improved team, yet hardly anyone in Cleveland wants to come to see them.
The Indians spent more on free agents than anyone outside Los Angeles. Yet, they are last in baseball in drawing fans -- by a wide margin.
The 15-14 Indians lead baseball in home runs (44, tied with the Braves) and have the highest OPS (.817) for every team not playing home games at Coors Field. Yet, they have drawn 20 percent fewer fans than the second worst-drawing team, the Royals, another interesting, vastly improved team that's looking to catch on in KC.
The Indians' average attendance is 14,764, down 3.9 percent from last year, and not even within shouting distance of KC, which is averaging 18,498.
The Indians are by far baseball's most disappointing draw so far, bringing in tiny crowds despite a lot of offense, vastly improved play, and new, colorful personalities. A so-so first few weeks didn't help, but they've now won seven of eight -- scoring at least six runs in all seven victories -- and it's not picking up yet. They drew 9,500 for their game with the A's on Monday night, a 7-3 victory.
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