That recovery led the Braves to make a series of trades that added to the payroll and propelled the team toward the National League East championship. The Braves, who cut the payroll last winter amid financial uncertainty, assumed about $10 million in prorated 2021 salaries to acquire outfielders Joc Pederson, Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler, relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez and catcher Stephen Vogt, all in July.
“Really, it’s a credit to the fans,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said last week on Bally Sports South. “The fans, the way they turned out with the ups and downs, it changed our financial outlook entirely, and Terry (McGuirk, Braves chairman) said we have money to put behind this club. And giving me the ammunition to go out in July at the trade deadline and add some pieces was a game-changer for us. Without that, there’s no way we get these guys.”
Still, largely because of the reduced crowds in April, the Braves finished the regular season with their lowest attendance since moving into Truist Park in 2017, other than the shortened 2020 season without fans. The Braves drew 2.51 million at home in 2017, 2.56 million in 2018 and 2.655 million in 2019. MLB defines attendance as tickets sold.
This season’s crowds pushed the Braves’ total home attendance past 10 million since Truist Park (originally named SunTrust Park) opened.
The Dodgers led MLB in attendance for the eighth consecutive season, not counting 2020.