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Indians part of Rust Belt decline

By Ron Published: April 29, 2011

The Indians' horrendous attendance this season is analyzed along with the Tigers, Pirates and Reds in  a USA Today article today.

We wrote a story after the first homestand that showed a huge decline since the stadium opened in 1994.

But now with a great record and poor attendance, it does make you wonder just what the future is for the Indians and for some of these other teams whose cities have lost significant amounts of population.

As of today, the Indians have the second best record in baseball and have won 10 in a row at home, yet have the worst attendance in the league.

The Indians are averaging 13,163, and that includes a sellout on Opening Day. The Tigers are at 17th with 25,113; the Reds are at 22 after a division title at 22,504. The Pirates are 27th at 17,082.

Here is the USA Today article by the well-respected Bob Nightengale

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