MLB 2014 News and Updates
7/28/14 - One of MLB's biggest days, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, ushered the Class of 2014 among baseball's greatest. The newest MLB Hall of Famers include 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, hitter Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas, and legendary managers Joes Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. This year's class is easily among the best in recent memory and was inducted on Sunday in front of the third-biggest HOF crowd in history. Current MLB players are undoubtedly inspired by the recent ceremony, and will do their best to craft their own legacy each day they take the diamond. The Tampa Bay Rays are certainly inspired, having won 9 straight games and now just 3.5 games back from a postseason spot. Another hot topic came from the Mariners, who acquired Kendrys Morales in exchange for RHP Stephen Pryor; Morales will leave the Twins after just half a season. Two other players similarly moving like lighting, except around the bases, are Dodgers’ Dee Gordon and Astros’ Jose Altuve. Both have reaped at least 45 stolen bases, but what every MLB fan wants to know is: can these two catch legendary speedsters and steal 100 bases in a single season? The MLB trade deadline for non-waiver trades will hit this Thursday. Buy your MLB tickets to see if any new faces appear on your squad’s roster!
7/21/14 – The second half of the 2014 MLB season kicked off this weekend, returning all players from the short All-Star break. At this point in the season, the real contenders will make their bids for a postseason run, and candidates at the halfway mark may surprise you. The National League features a four-way stalemate between teams that are virtually indistinguishable at the top: Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. Over in the American League, the Oakland Athletics have, indeed, maintained their first place position, though it has been whittled down significantly by challengers within their own division: the Los Angeles Angels. Buy your MLB tickets now and see which teams emerge from these neck-and-neck standings before summer ends.
7/14/14 – Baseball fans from all over are flocking to the Twin Cities to attend this year’s big All-Star Game, and it's not hard to see why. The players fans selected for this baseball extravaganza boast tons of star talent and intriguing storylines. You can see Derek Jeter play his final All-Star Game, watch touted pitchers Adam Wainwright and Felix Hernandez take the mound for their leagues, while first-timers Yasiel Puig and rookie Jose Abreu look to make their mark in the Midsummer Classic. All-Star Game tickets are still available—and for a bargain price, too—at 31.3% cheaper than they were just two weeks ago, at the start of July. Buy All Star Game tickets and get into Target Field for $207. Home Run Derby tickets are always a fan favorite, so of course they’re nearly sold out! Tickets for Tuesday night's action are still available for a $156 get-in price. You can see the strongest sluggers in the league like Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Abreu, Nelson Cruz, Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Trout, Troy Tulowitzki and let their canon's loose. Who do you think will knock the most out of the park? Score MLB tickets to this Midsummer Classic and find out in person!
7/7/14 - The MLB All-Stars of 2014 have been unveiled! Have you punched your tickets to the Twin Cities yet? The American League boasts LA Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista—the leading MLB vote getter with 5.6 million nods in his name. Robinson Cano will join his former teammate Derek Jeter, in the legends' final All Star game appearance. The Baltimore Orioles lead not only the AL East, but all other teams, with three players picked for the All Star starting roster; these include slugger Nelson Cruz, catcher Matt Wieters and outfielder Adam Jones. The National League put up huge names as well, headlined by Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki—the leading NL vote-winner with 5.3 million ballots. The Milwaukee Brewers are the only other team with multiple All-Star starters, including Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez. NL MVP Andrew McCutchen and slugger Yasiel Puig, in his first appearance, will man the outfield for the big game. All-Star pitchers for each league were named but not yet selected as starters. The lineup looks impeccable, with Masahiro Tanaka, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright and other strong arms in rotation.
You voted them in, now see the best in the league storm Target Field in Minneapolis next week! All Star Game tickets on Tuesday 7/15 start at $217. Score Home Run Derby tickets to see top-tier sluggers hit their hardest for as low as $111. And you can’t forget about All Star Sunday tickets, where you’ll get to see an amazing double-header featuring the All Star Futures Game and the Legends & Celebrity Game. All Star Sunday tickets for July 13 start at an unbelievably low $9. Make sure to lock-in your MLB All Star Game tickets and witness this mid-summer classic in person!
6/30/14 – We’re at the halfway mark of the 2014 season, as all but a few teams have played their 81st game of the year, and guess which team was first to reach the 50-win milestone? It may come as no surprise that the Milwaukee Brewers got there first, given their extremely hot start and continued excellent play. Now at 51-33, the Brewers own the National League’s largest division lead, at 6.5 games. The Oakland Athletics headline the American League after racking up a 51-30 record, winning eight of their last 10, and lead the MLB in runs and OBP. The Detroit Tigers are blazing, having reclaimed the division crown from the Kansas City Royals and displaying their dominance in recent games. The battles in California are still a-brewing: the LA Angels are keeping pace with Oakland, going 8 for ten, while the LA Dodgers are finally neck and neck with San Francisco for NL West supremacy, taking advantage of the Giants’ continued skid. This weekend, the AL and NL will reveal their All-Star teams team (July 5-6)—will your favorite be in the line up? Baseball fans know nothing beats July 4th fireworks at the ballpark on a warm summer night--come celebrate Independence Day and America’s Greatest Pastime with MLB tickets this weekend!
6/23/14 - So long San Francisco! The Milwaukee Brewers went on the road last week and took down the Diamondbacks and Rockies to come up with a 6-1 record. This gives the Brew Crew a 5.5 game lead—the largest gap in any division—and top spot in the National League. Over in the American League, there is no change for first, as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Rangers and Red Sox for five games ahead in their division. Clayton Kershaw made baseball history when he pitched a near-perfect game and one of the best no-hitters ever thrown. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace struck out 14 and walked none, with only a Hanley Ramirez error standing his way of baseball perfection. He is the second Los Angeles player to throw a no-hitter this season, with the first being veteran Josh Beckett. In an effort to make the game safer for men on the mound, the MLB has presented large protective baseball caps, which function as a hat-helmet packed with padding. While most refuse to wear it for comfort reasons, San Diego Padres’ 26 year-old Alex Torres became the first baseball player to don the new equipment, noting the memory of teammate Alex Cobb’s concussion as incentive. Summer is officially here, and there’s no better season for a day at the ballpark; lock-in your MLB tickets now!
6/16/14 - Just announced, an all-star lineup will perform for this year’s 2014 All-Star Game: Imagine Dragons will open up the festivities in Minneapolis on July 12. Now for the players hoping to get there: The Pirates got a much-needed boost from wunderkind Gregory Polanco, who premiered with hits in six consecutive games, the first Pirate to do so since Roberto Clemente. Another Pirate giving the team a lift is Andrew McCutchen, who recently played an eight-game multi-hit streak. At this point in the season, the hottest NL players by the numbers are Troy Tulowitzki and Giancarlo Stanton. Bay Area sluggers, the San Francisco Giants, lost both of their series to Washington and Colorado, but Brandon Barnes’ gave fans a show with a phenomenal inside-the-park home run. SF was the only team besides fellow NL West clubs Arizona and San Diego to drop both of their series last week. The Oakland Athletics have usurped the top spot after bouncing back from multiple losses to the Angels, with a series win over the Yankees; the A's plus-132 run differential puts them ahead of all teams in the Majors. This morning, baseball suffered a tragic loss with the passing of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, following his long battle with cancer. The outfielder was a San Diego faithful for life and is considered “the greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters our game has ever known” as stated by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.
6/9/14- Halfway through the season, it’s no surprise that the San Francisco Giants have remained at the top of everyone’s rankings. The Bay Area squad not only snuffed their crosstown rivals, the Oakland A’s this last week, but they’ve blown up to a league-leading 42-21 record and majors-leading five game win streak. Last week wasn't only big for Los Gigantes; the MLB kicked off the 2014 Draft on Thursday. The Astros held the No. 1 overall pick and selected Brady Aiken, a highly capable and advanced high school pitching prospect, to the club. Another headline-worthy draft pick came with the San Diego Padres' 28th round selection of strong-armed quarterback Johnny Manziel, who’s undoubtedly enjoying his latest moniker “Johnny Baseball.” Now, it's time for Father's Day baseball. If you're still looking for a great Dad's Day gift, why not spend time together this Sunday with MLB tickets at the ballpark? In fact, cheap MLB tickets are so easy to come by, you can spend your freed-up money on dad’s favorite jersey or a signature MLB stadium meal!
6/2/14 - June has arrived, which means both the weather and the MLB are heating up. The hottest team in the league is the Toronto Blue Jays, who have a hold on the AL East by 3.5 games. The hottest player, Baltimore's Nelson Cruz, has just fizzled; the Major's leading home run hitter is considered day-to-day following a pitch to the hand. The newest slugger to emerge is highly touted prospect Oscar Taveras, who made a splash in his debut, swatting a huge home run against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Despite allowing the massive hit, the Giants are still in front of the MLB with the largest lead in any division (7.5 games). On the colder end of things are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have officially been warned by the MLB to pick up the pace in their game. Perhaps this renewed sense of urgency will light a fire under the talented team and their mediocre record. The 2014 MLB Draft is right around the corner, kicking off this Thursday (6/5), with the Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins owning the top five picks. Whether it's the American League or the National League, MLB tickets are firing up as things start sizzling on and off the field!
5/27/14 - It's that time of year again, MLB junkies; eight weeks of baseball have come and gone and All Star voting is already underway! In the American League, Mike Trout leads all players with an overwhelming number of fan votes, followed by Jose Bautista and Derek Jeter. The National League is stocked with MVP contenders, namely Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki, LA's Yasiel Puig and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who may hit one after another in the All Star Game on July 15. In the standings, the Toronto Blue Jays are the most surprising risers, leading their division off of a six-game win streak for first place in the AL East. On the decline are the Boston Red Sox who, despite recently snapping their ten-game skid, are now last in the AL East. Overall, both Bay Area teams are still dominating, topping the majors at one and two: San Francisco is in the lead (32-19), with Oakland close behind (31-20). Stay posted as the balloting continues, and see contenders of the exciting 85th All Star Game in action with MLB tickets!
5/20/14 - It's time to get excited, MLB fans. The 2014 MLB Draft, featuring a "pitching-rich, pitching-heavy" group of players, is almost upon us! High-profile prospects like Carlos Rodon, Brady Aiken and Tyler Kolek will go quickly once the draft commences June 5-7. Meanwhile in the pros, the Detroit Tigers have blasted to the top of the league, off of a successful trip across the US. The Tigers are 12-4 on the road in the last few weeks, which has boosted them up to a MLB-best 27-13 record. Pesky bay area teams, the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, are nipping at Motor City's heels with solid pitching and just 1-1.5 games back. One troubling trend has emerged among all pitchers in the majors, and that is Tommy John surgery. Jose Fernandez, Miami's prized right-hander, is the latest talent to undergo reconstructive elbow surgery. That's 18 active pitchers thus far in the season—the most Tommy Johns performed at this point in the MLB year since its inception in 1974. Luckily, the surgery is no longer a career-ender, with players returning faster and stronger than ever. Get your MLB tickets now and see your favorite pitchers in action!
5/12/14- We're a quarter way through the 2014 MLB season, and the tables have turned on the seemingly unstoppable Brewers. The San Francisco Giants and their MLB-best record (25-14) are at the top of the majors, and half a game in front of Milwaukee and Detroit. While the Brewers haven't so much slid, as they've just had a poor week, the Detroit Tigers are consistently dominant (five games ahead in their division). Still, the Oakland A's are right on their tail in the American League race. The Colorado Rockies are the hottest offensive team in the game, leading the majors in hits, runs, HRs and RBIs; on the opposite end, the Braves are lackluster in offensive numbers, but their astounding pitching staff has brought them up to first place in the NL East. Another pitching phenom Yu Darvish came within one out of pitching a no-hitter for the second time in his career. The Miami Marlins are patiently waiting on news of their pitching ace, Jose Fernandez, and his bothersome elbow. Young guns seem to be dropping like flies to the Tommy John plague this year—totaling 24 surgeries thus far in the season. We're about a quarter-way through the 2014 MLB season, get your MLB tickets now and see if your favorite team will take it to the top before the All-Star break!
5/6/14 - Bay area teams sure are rolling! The AL West-best Oakland A's and the NL West-best San Francisco Giants currently sit atop the majors. The Athletics boast three of the best starters in the league (Sonny Gray, Jesse Chavez, Scott Kazmir), while only the Brewers have a better record than the Giants (winners of nine in the last 10 games). Don't look now, but the Washington Nationals are creeping in on Milwaukee, just half a game behind even with a host of injured players. Speaking of the Nats, no division is tighter than the NL East right now, with all five teams at or above the .500 mark. Washington may be in the number one spot, but they better watch out for the Marlins who are dominant at home with Giancarlo Stanton (NL-best 10 homeruns and a major league-best 36 RBI). Another hitter en fuego is Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who extended his hitting streak to an MLB-best 25 games. The most notable team to have fallen is the Atlanta Braves who suffered seven consecutive losses after a rough week. We're already into the second month of baseball; see your favorite team hit their stride with MLB tickets now!
4/29/14 - It's time to see which teams have gotten off to a rocket start after one month of baseball. The American League is presided over by the Oakland A's (16-10), followed by the New York Yankees (15-10), Texas Rangers (15-11) and Detroit Tigers (12-11). The National League is far less tight up top: the Milwaukee Brewers (19-7) are followed by the Atlanta Braves (17-7) and San Francisco Giants (15-11), who are back 4 games. Still, the sample size for evidence is very small at this point and MLB fans know that just because your team is surging in the early season, it doesn't mean they won’t (literally) drop the ball when summer rolls around. The Dodgers have fallen out of reigning position, but are expecting the return of Clayton Kershaw in the first week of May; likewise the Orioles will return Manny Machado this weekend. The Yankees will welcome Robinson Cano back to the Bronx (for the first time as a visitor) in today's series against Seattle. Your team may be hot, or may be lining the major league cellar—but after four weeks, players are just now settling into their respective squads. Score MLB tickets now and see the standings change!
4/22/14 - It's not even a full month into the season, but the MLB has already given fans heated divisional contention—talk about that explosive bench-clearing brawl between Pittsburgh and Milwaukee on Sunday! Though many teams are huddled around the .500 mark, some victors are already separating themselves from the pack: in the American League, the New York Yankees (11-8), Detroit Tigers (9-7) and Oakland Athletics (13-6) top their divisions, while the West has the Milwaukee Brewers (15-5), Los Angeles Dodgers (12-8) and Atlanta Braves (13-6) riding high. Cellar dweller teams are the Houston Astros (6-14), Chicago Cubs (6-12) and Arizona Diamondbacks (5-17), but there's more than enough time to turn things around. With such few games played, there will be plenty of radical moves made in the power rankings. Get your MLB tickets to see if your team soars to the top next!
4/15/14 - After a couple weeks of play, a few early season titans have shaken off their springtime rust to lead the majors in the season's infancy. With the MLB's best record, the Milwaukee Brewers rolled into this week on a 9-game win-streak that was eventually snapped by St. Louis. Ryan Braun is looking like his old self, while there's bullpen security with K-Rod as Milwaukee's solid closer. Adrian Gonzales (4 HRs through 4 games and 14 RBIs) and an infield boasting an OPS over .900 have helped the Dodgers achieve 7-3 in their last 10 games, and climb to the top of the NL West. Conversely, the Diamondbacks are the bottom barrel team through two weeks, as the only squad with more than 8 losses (4-11) despite trying work by Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt (hitting .317). Likewise, the Miami Marlins got off to a surprisingly dominant 5-1 start, showing glimmers of offensive brilliance, only to plunge down in rank thanks to seven consecutive losses. Get your MLB tickets and see if these early season trends endure!
4/8/14 - There's only been one week of action in baseball and things are already heating up! Yu Darvish of the Rangers became the fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach 500 strikeouts (doing it in 401 2/3 innings) and Derek Jeter made his final Opening Day at Yankee Stadium commemorated with the return of his fellow Core Four crew (Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada). The Detroit Tigers reign on top of the rankings (albeit after a small pool of stats) with an offense slugging a league-best .488 percentage. On the other side of the ball are the Chicago Cubs, who have an MLB-worst .587 OPS and .294 batting percentage. An MLB executive was quoted saying he believes a drastic league-change needs to be made in the sport: games should be shortened to just 7 innings to appeal fans of the younger generation who consume things faster. Stay tuned as this issue develops, but for now get your MLB tickets now and enjoy your full 9-plus innings!
3/31/14 - Play ball! We got back into the swing of things last night with the Dodgers and Padres for Sunday's Opening Night game, which saw Los Angeles go down 1-3 against their California foes after returning victorious over the Diamondbacks in Australia. Today marks the first game for most MLB teams, in the stateside edition of Opening Day 2014, and we've got some great matchups in store. Twenty-six teams will start their campaign today, including the Royals and Tigers, who kicked things off this morning, the Red Sox and Orioles, who will face off in the afternoon, and the Indians and Athletics, who will square off tonight. Get a fresh look at your favorite players and see if all of the offseason rust has worn off with regular season MLB tickets!
3/25/14 - Baseball is nearly underway! The Dodgers and the Diamondbacks are back from their trip overseas as MLB ambassadors, and Los Angeles gets bragging rights as the team with the best current record in the league (2-0). There are just a few days left until the season officially kicks off and teams are finalizing their 25-man rosters. In a recent anonymous poll, MLB players themselves revealed a few secrets: 24% of players believe Bryce Harper is the most overrated player in the league and 56% think Mike Trout is the best player in the league. If the young Angels slugger is the most talented in the MLB, how are Angels tickets so cheap? Score Opening Day tickets in Anaheim, when the Mariners take on the Angels for as low as $19. The Nationals outfielder may be overrated, but Washington tickets are still extremely popular: seats for Monday's opener against the Mets are $48 to start. Gear up for March 31, Opening Day, with MLB tickets from Razorgator!
3/17/14 - Spring Training is just past the mid-point, and Opening Day is right around the corner! The season will start sooner than ever for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, as both teams are currently boarding their flights for Australia. Yes, the first official baseball action of 2014 will take place Down Unda' for the first Opening Series (March 22-23). This is followed by Opening Night, in which the busy Dodgers will take on So Cal rivals, the San Diego Padres on March 30 (tickets are $122 on average). For everyone else, Opening Day is officially March 31, and the three hottest tickets are sure to start this season off with a bang: the Orioles are pitted against the Red Sox ($223 avg.), the Rangers will take on the Phillies ($262 avg.) and the Tigers will go head to head against the Royals ($205 avg.). Across the MLB, Opening Day tickets are about $50 more expensive than regular season game tickets, but you can still score a deal on a couple of the matches. The two cheapest Opening Day games are can't-miss events as well: Diamondbacks vs. Giants ($63 avg.) and the Angels vs. Mariners ($78) games are more affordable and just as exciting!
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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