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24/7 Wall St.: 12 Major League Teams Running out of Fans

3. Seattle Mariners

Decrease in attendance: 40.54%
2001 W-L record: 116-46 (finished 1st in AL West)
2010 W-L record: 61-101 (finished 4th in AL West)
League championships last decade: none

Seattle, led by powerhouses Ken Griffey Jr. and Ichiro Suzuki, started the decade strong. In 2001, the team had the best record in baseball. By 2010, it had the worst record in the American League. The decline of Griffey and Suzuki hurt the Mariners, and after that year, the team hasn’t even made it to the playoffs. In 2001, the team had an attendance of 3.5 million people, more than any team in baseball. In just ten years, that number has dropped to 2 million.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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