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Attendance again

Even with the help of the Mets fans the Marlins are poised to finish in the cellar again.

The Devil Rays have an edge over the Marlins in the race to stay out of the attendance basement. Tampa Bay drew 30,310 for its series finale against the Red Sox, with its remaining three home games against the Yankees.

The Marlins drew 17,130 Sunday, raising their season average to 16,803 with three to go against the Cubs. Though plenty of Cubs supporters will be in attendance starting Tuesday, chances are the Marlins won't attract the 30,000-plus expected for each of the upcoming Yankees-Devil Rays meetings at Tropicana Field.

The Marlins are looking at a second straight last-place finish in the attendance standings.

I don't know how many Cubs fans there are in South Florida versus the number of Yankees fans in Central Florida, and really, I don't care.

The Marlins have already eclipsed the attendance total from last season.  Last year the Marlins drew 1,164,134 fans and this year to date the Marlins have announced 1,310,607 tickets sold.

Not really a great increase, but it is something.

Next year will probably be worse with season ticket renewals lagging.  But that doesn't concern me.

I don't agree that the Marlins attendance problems are because the team isn't winning.  When the organization fielded a winning and very competitive teams in 2004 and 2005 the attendance wasn't all that great.

Heck, in 2003 the Marlins only drew 1,303,215 fans and finished next to last in the league and the Fish won the World Series that year.

I guess my point to all of this is that the Marlins need a new park that isn't in such a crappy location.  But then again, you already knew that.