The Philadelphia Phillies recently saw their GM Ruben Amaro ranked as the worst in the majors by the Sporting News. They came to this assumption by just looking over his record which got worse each year under Amaro after he was given the keys to a team that won the World Series the year before. Additionally, Amaro has been called into question for the players he signed to make his team the oldest in the league.
In spite of all this, the Phillies sit just four games out of first place in the National League East. Leading the division presently are the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves who both have a record of 28-25 on the year. One of the biggest reasons the Phillies have been able to remain competitive has been the resurgence of former All-Star 2B Chase Utley who leads the team in batting, runs and OPS on a team that has struggled mightily from the plate ranking in the bottom third on offense.
The Phillies still have one of the strongest fan bases in the league which is why they continue to have one of the higher ticket prices in the MLB. Phillies tickets are currently averaging $85 up by 3% since the start of the season but the really surprising stat is that prices have gone up by 40% from their 2013 home average. That year Phillies tickets averaged $60 for their games at Citizens Bank Park which saw their highest game clock in at an average price of $209. This year, that number has been halved to just $115 for the Phillies priciest game in 2014.
That game comes against the Braves on September 27th, as does their next two priciest games of the season in their final series of 2014 which go for an average of $111 on the 26th and $105 on the 28th. On the other hand, both of the Phillies least expensive games of the year are in the month of June against the San Diego Padres (6/11 – Avg $53, Get-in $9) and Miami Marlins (6/24 – Avg $61, Get-in $14).