NEW YORK -- Major league baseball attendance dropped slightly from last year in the fifth week of the season and the average is 5 percent below 2001.
The average attendance for the 30 major league teams was 26,626 through the first 453 dates of the season, down 5 percent from 28,013 through a similar period last year. The average was down 3.4 percent after three weeks and 4.9 percent after four weeks.
Seventeen teams have seen declines, led by the Milwaukee Brewers - the team owned by commissioner Bud Selig - who are down 149,670 for 16 home games.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were next (down 133,185), followed by Texas (124,630), Cleveland (124,524), Colorado (94,900), Florida (70,802), Cincinnati (62,247), Kansas City (49,849), Toronto (46,044) and Montreal (43,284).
The teams with the largest increases are Arizona (98,688), Los Angeles (66,383), Seattle (49,674) and the Chicago Cubs (42,855).
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