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Seattle ranks dead last in study on best MLB cities in America

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, empty seats are shown at Safeco Field as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Roenis Elias throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, in Seattle. Major League Baseball's attendance dropped to its lowest level since 2003, and six stadiums set record lows. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

SEATTLE -- It's been 17 long years since the Seattle Mariners have reached the playoffs, and they remain one of only two franchises never to have made the World Series.

But as the Fall Classic heads into Game 2 Wednesday night, WalletHub decided to research which cities could say they're the best for baseball fans.

With the long drought, it might not be a surprise that Seattle ranked dead-last among U.S. major league baseball cities (Toronto was excluded from the study.)

The study looked at 31 key indicators of baseball fan-friendliness, ranging from performance level of team to average ticket price per game to stadium accessibility. Out of U.S. 26 cities with MLB teams (remember, three cities have two teams) Seattle's highest ranking was 12th: Franchise value. It rated 14th in performance level, but was dinged for number of championship wins and division championships. It also rated 20th in average ticket price, 17th in fan engagement (what? The hydro races are pretty cool, and who can hate The Moose?), 20th in attendance, and 18th in popularity.

New York was rated the best city, with St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta rounding out the Top 5.

Using similar criteria, the study also rated Minor League baseball markets and Spokane came in quite well at No. 6 out of 158. Everett came in at No. 58 and surprisingly, Tacoma came in down at 132nd. Fishkill, New York, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades, rated as the top minor league baseball city.

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