Maybe it’s too much time in the sun. Maybe it’s reading all these stories about Western New York becoming a megalopolis, although I’m still iffy on that one. But after reading a story in today’s St. Petersburg Times, maybe it’s time we rethink the possibility of Buffalo supporting major league baseball. Here’s the thing: It’s not just the crowds Buffalo gets (the Bisons rank second in IL attendance through the first few weeks), but the proximity to other teams in the AL East or Central. How many people would come in to see Niagara Falls if the Herd met the Tribe? Or how about if the Jays came down the QEW for a series? I’m guessing Buffalo could do better than the 8,269 that showed up at Tropicana Field on Tuesday to see the Jays and Rays battle for third. Just like we’ve done with the Sabres, using the city’s proximity to bigger cities to bump up attendance figures, a baseball team would probably draw visitors, especially since a trip to the falls during July while in town to see the Bisons-White Sox series sounds a lot more appealing than a trip to WNY to see the Bears at the Ralph in December. Wouldn’t the Orioles draw pretty well here? How about the Red Sox? An interesting note in the SPT column above – only three teams have been worst in league attendance in MLB history for seven straght seasons, and all three failed to see an eighth season. Tampa is flirting with its eighth straight season at the bottom of the MLB barrel this year. Time to swoop?
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