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Written by David Simmons   
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 09:31

IndiansThe AL East (see the Yankees - Red Sox - Rays - Orioles - Jays) is in the can, and now we're nearly through the AL Central. David has looked at the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins, and now, the Cleveland Indians -- Maury Brown

Team: Cleveland Indians

2009 Total Attendance: 1.77 million

2009 Average Attendance & Sell-Thru: 22,492(51.8%)

2009 Record: 65-97

2010 Total Attendance: 1.39 million

2010 Average Attendance & Sell-Thru: 17,435 (40.2%)

2010 Record: 69-93, Missed Postseason

Looking ahead to 2011……

Notable offseason addition/subtractions: None

Interleague LY: Cincinnati Reds NY Mets, and Washington Nationals

Interleague TY: Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, and Pittsburgh Pirates

April/May Games: 14 in April, 13 in May in 2011 vs. 7 in April and 16 in May in 2010

Holidays: Home - 6/19 Father’s Day, 7/4 Independence Day, & 9/5 Labor Day Road - 4/24 Easter & 5/8 Mother’s Day

Overall Outlook: The Indians hit rock bottom last season finishing last in all of MLB team attendance. The teams FSE count was a mere 8,000 per Crain’s Cleveland Business. Time flies as this season will be the 18th year at Jacobs Field. It’s tough to remember now but the Indians played in the postseason 6 of their first 8 seasons at Jacobs and had a sellout streak of 455 home games until 2001. The Indians were one game from the World Series in 2007. Since then they have traded away CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, Casey Blake, and Mark DeRosa in their rebuilding efforts. 2011 starters Michael Brantley, Carlos Carrasco, Justin Masterson, Carlos Santana, and Carlos Perez from those trades look to turn around their box office slump with former all-stars Shin Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore. The schedule makers didn’t help the Indians this year with 9 weekday games against the Sox and Yanks. Plus, they’ll have double the amount of April games and lose another guaranteed sellout by hosting the Yanks on Independence Day. The team has cut season ticket prices to incentivize fans to come out this season. I predict the Indians will post similar attendance figures and less revenue this year as they look to be playing for 4th place in the Central.

David SimmonsDavid Simmons is a graduate of the University of Central Florida who worked in the front office of the Los Angeles Dodgers over 4 seasons. He has a decade of ticketing experience and currently resides in Baltimore. You can follow David on Twitter @davidesimmons

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