Attendance Numbers Prove Big MLB Spenders Are Rewarded

A baseball with the MLB logo is seen at Citizens Bank Park prior to a game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Often, we hear the terms “big market” and “small market” to describe certain MLB teams.

Large market teams usually spend the most money, while smaller market teams prefer to build from within to maintain success.

Some teams are luckier than others, but small-market teams often do not spend much money to improve their teams, which ultimately leads to poor performances and poorly attended games.

The Oakland Athletics, which will soon be headed to Las Vegas, is a perfect example.

On Monday, they hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks 23–18 and drew only 2,064 fans.

In contrast, the San Diego Padres spent big during the offseason and drew a total of 43,828 fans when the Kansas City Royals were in town on Monday.

It finally proves what most already believed to be true around the game of baseball, that the teams that spend the most money are the ones that are ultimately rewarded.

Spending teams are not very competitive year after year and are in a constant state of struggle season after season.

They attract lots of fans and sell out games at their ballparks.

But owners of small-market teams often try to create the illusion that they don’t have the money to build a contender, despite being very wealthy and perfectly capable of doing so.

However, spending the money will solve many of their problems, as the Padres proved with their attendance numbers from Monday night’s game against the Royals.

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