MLB 2014 News and Updates
3/4/14 - It's just two weeks into Spring Training, but this season has already made history. The first ever challenge in MLB was made on Monday at Hammond Stadium, during a close first base play between the Twins and Blue Jays. While not all plays can be challenged (i.e., strikes, balls) under the new rules, managers are granted one review each and are awarded a second if the first is successful. Baseball legends like Mike Piazza, Sandy Koufax and Barry Bonds have all made appearances as special instructors, while new sports legends Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and Russell Wilson also made respective visits to the diamond this spring. The Boston Red Sox had a shoddy start, while the Miami Marlins were owners of a surprising win steak; shiny toys Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz showed their stuff for Orioles fans, while Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder are settling in with the Rangers; the White Sox debuted young slugger Jose Abreu, while returner Ryan Braun got booed in his first start. He let his actions speak when he hit a homerun in his first at-bat, while heavy-hitters Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig, Robinson Cano and Mike Moustakas have been setting off their own fireworks. Three tempting free agents are still sitting on the market, waiting to get picked up—Ervin Santana, Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew—but where will they end up? Spring Training 2014 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet, get your MLB tickets now and get in on the action!
2/28/14 - Spring training is in full gear and the players are enjoying the weather in Florida and Arizona as they continue preparations for Opening Day. Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, has made headlines by reporting to the Texas Rangers training in Arizona but will not play in any games. He will however, be in uniform on Monday, March 3rd as the Rangers play the Indians. The Angels signed All-Star OF Mike Trout to a new 1-year contract worth $1 million in what is likely a stepping stone to a big, long-term deal that will keep the rising superstar in SoCal. And the Yankees new star pitcher from Japan, Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his highly anticipated debut this week. And of course the Jeter-watch is in full force as the All-Star veteran goes through his final spring training and last season before he retires. There is a full schedule of games all week and spring games give fans the opportunity to see their favorite players and teams up close in the confines of the Grapefruit and Cactus League stadiums.
2/18/14 - Spring Training has officially begun! All 30 team's pitchers and catchers have reported to their respective Cactus and Grapefruit League locations, while all position players will be accounted for no later than Feb 20. The first full workouts for the Dodgers and Diamondbacks took place last week, but most other teams will hit the field for the first time together this week to start gearing up for their inaugural Spring Training games. Get your MLB tickets to see if vaunted international players, Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees), Jose Dariel Abreu (White Sox) Alexander Guerrero (Dodgers) and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (Phillies) are worth what they bargained for! Or, see if Albert Pujols (Angels) is finally healthy, how big Robinson Cano's (Mariners) impact will be, or how the crowd reacts to fallen-from-grace star Ryan Braun (Brewers)—but above all, don't miss Derek Jeter (in his final MLB season) take the field for his last-ever Spring Training games!
Baseball is back! Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training this week and will be joined by their teammates shortly as games begin Feb 25. The average Spring Training ticket costs $52. The most expensive teams in MLB this Spring are: Texas Rangers (avg. $82), Boston Red Sox (avg. $78), and Chicago Cubs (avg. $63). Don’t be surprised too see a bump in New York Yankees Spring Training tickets (avg. $47) with the announcement that 2014 will be Derek Jeter’s last season.
The biggest offseason acquisitions this season include the Mariners signing of five-time All-Star Robinson Cano and the Yankees addition of Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka. 2011 NL MVP, Ryan Braun, will return to the Brewers lineup after completing a 65-game suspension, while A-Rod will serve his season-long punishment.
2014 MLB tickets for the regular season are averaging $106, up 51% over last year. Yankees tickets are the most expensive on the secondary market, currently averaging $262 after Jeter's retirement announcement. The cheapest team in the league is the Washington Nationals, averaging $58 a seat. The Opening Series (March 22, 23) between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will be held in Sydney. Los Angeles will then play Opening Night (March 30) against Southern California rivals Padres before the rest of the League takes part in Opening Day March 31. The MLB postseason is tentatively scheduled to begin September 30.
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