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    Major League Baseball

    I'm going to get in early and switch things up this year. Instead of creating a new thread each season here's a catch all thread that can continue from season to season..

    The way forward looks unclear for Jose Bautista

    Encarnacion deal weighs down the Indians

    What does the Dodger's dynamic pricing mean for fans?

    Milwaukee Brewers moves do not push them past Cubs

    Astros: The Window of Contention Shouldn't Close Any Time Soon

    Yankees State of the System: Second Base

    And here are pictures of Wrigley and PNC:



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    I just read the article on Dodger "dynamic pricing" and I am disappointed the way things are going. I'm sure the Dodgers aren't the only MLB team doing these shenanigans with ticket prices but going to a Dodger game is just such poor value for money I doubt I will be attending any games this season. I may drive the extra miles and go watch the Angels if I feel like going to a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
    I just read the article on Dodger "dynamic pricing" and I am disappointed the way things are going. I'm sure the Dodgers aren't the only MLB team doing these shenanigans with ticket prices but going to a Dodger game is just such poor value for money I doubt I will be attending any games this season. I may drive the extra miles and go watch the Angels if I feel like going to a game.
    It's the same in Toronto for the Raptors and Leafs. I've still never seen an NHL or NBA game live because it's just not worth the price of a ticket and the hassle to get to Toronto and back. Especially when the city I'm in is host to good junior hockey teams and Canada's basketball league. A little hard up for baseball, but our inter-county team will do in a pinch.

    Jays games have actually stayed fairly reasonable given the baseball market in Canada, but I've been to so many in the past four years I'm long due for a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    It's the same in Toronto for the Raptors and Leafs. I've still never seen an NHL or NBA game live because it's just not worth the price of a ticket and the hassle to get to Toronto and back. Especially when the city I'm in is host to good junior hockey teams and Canada's basketball league. A little hard up for baseball, but our inter-county team will do in a pinch.

    Jays games have actually stayed fairly reasonable given the baseball market in Canada, but I've been to so many in the past four years I'm long due for a break.
    I sometimes buy Dodger tickets on Vivid seats on game day. You can get decent value for money, usually the ticket price is below face value as a season ticket holder would rather get something for the seat than nothing. I think I will search out a minor league team in the LA area and see if I can't get along to a couple of games. I just don't enjoy the MLB ballpark experience as much as I used to. Way too expensive, parking, beer, food, tickets, it's a small fortune. I'm sure there must be a minor league team near LA to check out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
    I just read the article on Dodger "dynamic pricing" and I am disappointed the way things are going. I'm sure the Dodgers aren't the only MLB team doing these shenanigans with ticket prices but going to a Dodger game is just such poor value for money I doubt I will be attending any games this season. I may drive the extra miles and go watch the Angels if I feel like going to a game.
    Dynamic pricing?

    Quote Originally Posted by NY Yankees site
    What happens if prices lower after I purchase my tickets?
    Tickets are always priced based on current market factors. By utilizing advanced computer pricing software linked to the team's ticketing system, the Yankees may adjust ticket prices based on changing factors that affect market demand. As with all Yankees tickets, all sales are final and non-refundable.


    That be a lot of words for "you're fucked".

    I saw the Cardinals and Yankees sites both say near equivalent things: "By utilizing advanced computer pricing software linked to the team's ticketing system, the Yankees may adjust ticket prices based on changing factors that affect market demand."

    They say it like it is a consumer perk! We utilize algorithms to be able to know how high ticket prices can be and still get away with selling tickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Higgins View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
    I just read the article on Dodger "dynamic pricing" and I am disappointed the way things are going. I'm sure the Dodgers aren't the only MLB team doing these shenanigans with ticket prices but going to a Dodger game is just such poor value for money I doubt I will be attending any games this season. I may drive the extra miles and go watch the Angels if I feel like going to a game.
    Dynamic pricing?

    Quote Originally Posted by NY Yankees site
    What happens if prices lower after I purchase my tickets?
    Tickets are always priced based on current market factors. By utilizing advanced computer pricing software linked to the team's ticketing system, the Yankees may adjust ticket prices based on changing factors that affect market demand. As with all Yankees tickets, all sales are final and non-refundable.


    That be a lot of words for "you're fucked".

    I saw the Cardinals and Yankees sites both say near equivalent things: "By utilizing advanced computer pricing software linked to the team's ticketing system, the Yankees may adjust ticket prices based on changing factors that affect market demand."

    They say it like it is a consumer perk! We utilize algorithms to be able to know how high ticket prices can be and still get away with selling tickets.
    In the last couple years I recall hearing about the Yankees implementing something that kept the ticket prices reasonable, I wonder if they changed systems recently.. struggling to find information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    It's the same in Toronto for the Raptors and Leafs. I've still never seen an NHL or NBA game live because it's just not worth the price of a ticket and the hassle to get to Toronto and back. Especially when the city I'm in is host to good junior hockey teams and Canada's basketball league. A little hard up for baseball, but our inter-county team will do in a pinch.

    Jays games have actually stayed fairly reasonable given the baseball market in Canada, but I've been to so many in the past four years I'm long due for a break.
    I sometimes buy Dodger tickets on Vivid seats on game day. You can get decent value for money, usually the ticket price is below face value as a season ticket holder would rather get something for the seat than nothing. I think I will search out a minor league team in the LA area and see if I can't get along to a couple of games. I just don't enjoy the MLB ballpark experience as much as I used to. Way too expensive, parking, beer, food, tickets, it's a small fortune. I'm sure there must be a minor league team near LA to check out.
    Agreed. Between the hecklers, people trying to start the wave, high ticket prices, and selfies going around, anymore I'd rather take in a game from my living room with a store-bought beer.

    You're lucky you have access to the minors, no such thing in Canada, although the Tigers had a double-A team right here in town in the late eighties and early nineties. To date the best baseball experience I had was similar: spring training in Lakeland last March. Nothing but hard baseball fans interested in watching the game, small, beautiful ballpark, small amount of marketing and theatrics. Just baseball on a nice day.

    For similar reasons I wouldn't mind checking out a game at PNC, but who knows when I'll muster the motivation to drive to Pittsburgh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    Agreed. Between the hecklers, people trying to start the wave, high ticket prices, and selfies going around, anymore I'd rather take in a game from my living room with a store-bought beer.
    For us in sunny CA, we can sit outside on the patio and watch the game . I do enjoy that experience. I have a swimming pool and can watch the game while in the pool. The only downside is that sometimes the glare from the sun and white fence can make it difficult to see the picture on the TV. But in the early evenings, it is really nice to sit outside and watch the game.

    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    You're lucky you have access to the minors, no such thing in Canada, although the Tigers had a double-A team right here in town in the late eighties and early nineties. To date the best baseball experience I had was similar: spring training in Lakeland last March. Nothing but hard baseball fans interested in watching the game, small, beautiful ballpark, small amount of marketing and theatrics. Just baseball on a nice day.
    That sounds pretty good and I have thought going to a spring training session but the drive puts me off. I think the players interact with the crowd more too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    Agreed. Between the hecklers, people trying to start the wave, high ticket prices, and selfies going around, anymore I'd rather take in a game from my living room with a store-bought beer.
    For us in sunny CA, we can sit outside on the patio and watch the game . I do enjoy that experience. I have a swimming pool and can watch the game while in the pool. The only downside is that sometimes the glare from the sun and white fence can make it difficult to see the picture on the TV. But in the early evenings, it is really nice to sit outside and watch the game.

    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    You're lucky you have access to the minors, no such thing in Canada, although the Tigers had a double-A team right here in town in the late eighties and early nineties. To date the best baseball experience I had was similar: spring training in Lakeland last March. Nothing but hard baseball fans interested in watching the game, small, beautiful ballpark, small amount of marketing and theatrics. Just baseball on a nice day.
    That sounds pretty good and I have thought going to a spring training session but the drive puts me off. I think the players interact with the crowd more too.
    I'm not really a 'bucket list' kinda guy, but I used the phrase last year when my fiancee wanted to visit Disney World. I figured we'd plan it so I could catch a couple spring training games and the day in Lakeland (Tigers vs Pirates) was one of the best I've had in recent memory.

    I paid extra to get in early and watch batting practice at about 10 am, then hung around the park until game time. Joker Marchant was also just re-done so the facility was fantastic. On top of it all I got my hands on an official spring training ball during the Pirates batting practice.




    We also saw a Jays-Braves game at Atlanta's home field in Orlando, but it was the first game of the season so we didn't see any of the Jays starters.

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