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MLB Notebook: Small crowds a potential big problem for baseball; scouting Sox-Yanks and more

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Early in the baseball season is ordinarily a time for optimism in the game.  There are new stars emerging, teams performing above expectations and injuries have generally not begun to pile up.

But for the game itself, there are troubling signs.

Attendance has been alarming at a number of ballparks in the first two-and-a-half weeks. And we’re not talking about half-full ballparks, or empty sections here or there. No, in Baltimore, Chicago and Miami, we’re not talking about nearly-empty ballparks.