Rangers Enjoy Biggest Jump in Attendance

Winning season means more fans in the stands.

The Texas Rangers saw the biggest jump in attendance this season.

Major League Baseball said the Rangers fought the effects of the recession like no other club, seeing a 14 percent increase in home attendance. The Kansas City Royals, with a newly renovated Kauffman Stadium, and the Florida Marlins jumped 12 percent each. 

Overall, Major League Baseball attendance has dropped 6.9 percent across the National and American leagues to its lowest level since 2003.

Throughout big-league ball, attendance averaged 30,276 per date. That's after a 0.8 percent decrease last season from a record average in 2007 of 32,785.

Baseball officials said they were pleased that attendance didn't fall further in the face of the recession and the decreased capacity of New York's two new ballparks.

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