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Written by David Simmons   
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 22:42

AstrosIn looking ahead to all 30 clubs in Major League Baseball, the season is just a scant few days away. Having  wound his way through all the American League with the AL East (see the Yankees - Red Sox - Rays - Orioles - Jays), the AL Central (see the Royals, the White Sox, theTwins, the Indians and Detroit Tigers) tha AL West with (Angels - A's - Rangers, - Seattle Mariners). plus, most of the National League with the NL East (Mets - Nationals - Marlins - Phillies - Braves). With the season fast approaching, David completes the NL Central (see Brewers - Cubs - Cardinals - Reds - Pirates), by looking at the Houston Astros -- Maury Brown

Team: The Houston Astros

2009 Total Attendance: 2.52 million

2009 Average Attendance & Sell-Thru: 31,124 (76% Sell-Thru)

2009 Record: 74-88, Missed Postseason

2010 Total Attendance: 2.33 million

2010 Average Attendance & Sell-Thru: 28,783 (70% Sell-Thru)

2010 Record: 76-86, Missed Postseason

Looking ahead to 2011……

Notable offseason addition/subtractions: First offseason without Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman

Interleague LY: Texas Rangers & TB Rays

Interleague TY: Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, & TB Rays

April/May Games: 15 in April, 13 in May in 2011 vs. 15 in April and 11 in May in 2010

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

Overall Outlook: The Astros have taken the first few steps in the rebuilding process. The team traded Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman last July.  The team will be sold any day now to it appears to Jim Crane based on recent reports in the Houston Chronicle. Last year ,the team ranked 16th in MLB in attendance. The team has introduced dynamic pricing this year. The Astros have kept season ticket prices flat. The Astros will have a tough time out of the box both on and off the field. The team is home for 22 of its first 37 games while school is still in session. The lone bright spot is that the Red Sox come to town for interleague play. Just like the Pirates, I can’t see the team going anywhere but down at the box office. I forsee the Astros having a 10% drop at the box office in 2011.

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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 and has a decade of ticketing experience.. He serves as CFO for Players For The Planet and currently resides in Baltimore. You can follow David on Twitter @davidesimmons

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