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Pulaski ranks 4th in ‘08 Appy attendance

PULASKI — Minor League Baseball set a new attendance record for the fifth straight year, thanks to the 316,765 fans who visited Minor League ballparks yesterday on the last day of the regular season for most domestic, full-season leagues.
The Labor Day crowds allowed Minor League Baseball to surpass the 43-million fan mark in a regular season for the first time in its 107-year history. The current total of 43,112,881 fans is more than 300,000 above last year’s record and will increase further as the New York-Penn (September 6), Northwest (September 3) and Pioneer Leagues (September 5) have not yet ended regular season play.
“Despite the downturn in the economy and battling Mother Nature in the second half of the season, our clubs and fans continue to show support for professional baseball,” said Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner.
Meanwhile in Pulaski, where the Seattle Mariners brought baseball back after a year hiatus, the numbers were also good. The Mariners finished fourth overall in the league attendance race with 33,679. That’s an average of 1,020. Greenville lead the league with an average of 1,569, followed by Danville (1,198) and Kingsport (1,169).
Pulaski can boast better numbers than the six other teams that included several with facilities and communities much larger than their own. “The key was drawing from areas outside of Pulaski,” said Pulaski Baseball Director of Operations Marty Gordon. Attendance was high thanks to the increase in attention from residents in Wythe, Bland and Carroll counties.
“There were a large number of fans in each of those areas. We also saw a lot of people this past season from Montgomery, Giles and Floyd counties. I think we can continue to build upon that in the upcoming year, and am hopeful the attendance numbers will climb again,” Gordon added.
The big news is that the team will be back in Pulaski this coming year with the Seattle agreeing to stay for at least two more seasons.“With our success off the field combined with our success on the field, the future looks bright for baseball here in the region,” Gordon says.

Pulaski ranks 4th in ‘08 Appy attendance

PULASKI — Minor League Baseball set a new attendance record for the fifth straight year, thanks to the 316,765 fans who visited Minor League ballparks yesterday on the last day of the regular season for most domestic, full-season leagues.
The Labor Day crowds allowed Minor League Baseball to surpass the 43-million fan mark in a regular season for the first time in its 107-year history. The current total of 43,112,881 fans is more than 300,000 above last year’s record and will increase further as the New York-Penn (September 6), Northwest (September 3) and Pioneer Leagues (September 5) have not yet ended regular season play.
“Despite the downturn in the economy and battling Mother Nature in the second half of the season, our clubs and fans continue to show support for professional baseball,” said Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner.
Meanwhile in Pulaski, where the Seattle Mariners brought baseball back after a year hiatus, the numbers were also good. The Mariners finished fourth overall in the league attendance race with 33,679. That’s an average of 1,020. Greenville lead the league with an average of 1,569, followed by Danville (1,198) and Kingsport (1,169).
Pulaski can boast better numbers than the six other teams that included several with facilities and communities much larger than their own. “The key was drawing from areas outside of Pulaski,” said Pulaski Baseball Director of Operations Marty Gordon. Attendance was high thanks to the increase in attention from residents in Wythe, Bland and Carroll counties.
“There were a large number of fans in each of those areas. We also saw a lot of people this past season from Montgomery, Giles and Floyd counties. I think we can continue to build upon that in the upcoming year, and am hopeful the attendance numbers will climb again,” Gordon added.
The big news is that the team will be back in Pulaski this coming year with the Seattle agreeing to stay for at least two more seasons.“With our success off the field combined with our success on the field, the future looks bright for baseball here in the region,” Gordon says.