CHICAGO -- While playoff contenders such as the Athletics, Indians and Rays have had a tough time drawing a crowd, the Twins have still drawn a good number of fans to Target Field despite being in fourth place in the American League Central.
Going into Wednesday, the Twins were 17th out of 30 teams in attendance. Oakland, Cleveland and Tampa Bay were 25th, 28th and 30th, respectively.
"People love coming to Target Field," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's a great atmosphere. You just have to understand Twins fans more than anything else. They're passionate. … More than anything else, they love baseball. What better venue to come to than Target Field to watch a baseball game?"
Gardenhire added that when teams like the Athletics, Indians or Rays make the postseason, they'll start filling the seats again.
"We're going to Oakland [after the White Sox series], and they haven't drawn great," he said. "But it's been like that for quite a while. … The fans that do go are passionate about baseball. It's the same way in Cleveland. … But they'll get there. The closer they get, and if they make the playoffs, they'll pack the place."
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.