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APRIL 5 (1993) - Expansion*
By Bill Grimes
Apr 5, 2007 - 12:51 PM

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MLB Expands South & West
DENVER, COLORADO
(and) MIAMI, FLORIDA, APRIL 5, 1993 – Two new National League franchises began play on this day in baseball history. The Colorado Rockies played their first game on the road at Shea Stadium in New York. They were shut out by the Mets 3- 0. The Florida Marlins’ first game was at home in Miami. They beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6 to 3 at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Since entering the league 13 years ago, as of this writing, the Marlins have done remarkably well on the field, but the Rockies have done considerably better at the turnstile. The Rockies set a major league record drawing 4,483,350 fans in their inaugural year, but the Marlins have already won two World Series—1997 and 2003.

The Rockies were the second team in major league history to draw more than 4 million fans (the Toronto Blue Jays were the first). The Rockies probably would have drawn 4 million more often, but the franchise moved in 1995 from 80,000 seat Mile High Stadium where the Denver Broncos NFL teamed played at the time, to Coors Field, which seats 50,227.

The Rockies drew more than 3 million fans 9 of their first 13 years. The Marlins have only surpassed the 3 million mark once—their first year. Here’s a comparison of attendance for the two franchises:

Rockies

Marlins

1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

4,483,350
3,281,511
3,390,037
3,891,014
3,888,453
3,792,683
3,235,833
3,149,117
3,168,579
2,737,918
2,334,085
2,338,069
1,915,586

3,064,847
1,937,467
1,700,466
1,746,767
2,364,387
1,750,395
1,369,421
1,173,389
1,261,226
   813,111
1,303,215
1,723,105
1,823,388

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