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The Week That Was: August 17

Ballpark DigestSummer-collegiate attendance, Sir Paul McCartney closing down Candlestick Park and financial issues faced by several teams were news in the work of baseball this week. The top stories on Ballpark Digest this week, as measured by page views.

The big stories this week all centered around summer-collegiate attendance, with readers eager to see the numbers from the 2014 season. It was a record-breaking year for summer-collegiate attendance, with the Northwoods League the first circuit to attract over a million fans and virtually every league seeing a bump in attendance. It also a big work in MLB circles: Rob Manfred was selected as the new commissioner after a late challenge from Tom Werner, Paul McCartney had one last go at Candlestick Park, judges didn’t seem too enthusiastic about San Jose’s claims the city was harmed by the loss of the Oakland A’s, and the Toronto Blue Jays are possibly set for a return to Montreal in spring training 2015.

Here are the top stories:

2014 Summer Collegiate Attendance by Average
2014 Summer Collegiate Attendance by Total
2014 Summer Collegiate Attendance by League
Mired in bankruptcy, Colts will end home season early
Paul McCartney to play last event at Candlestick Park
How MLB got its groove back after the 1994 strike
Biloxi ballpark construction finally underway
Judges skeptical of San Jose’s claims against MLB
New Fredericksburg ballpark over budget; owners exploring options
Yankees roots don’t extend to Baltimore: historians
Manatees, Winter Park part ways on new-ballpark project
Jackie Robinson West at LLWS: Another round of trailblazers?
World records to be challenged in Troy, Charleston
Blue Jays set for Montreal return in spring training 2015: report
Manfred new MLB commissioner
Rooftop owners file suit over Wrigley Field renovations
Spikes, Cards announce affiliation extension through 2016
Fayetteville looking again at Minor League Baseball


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