MLB 2014 News and Updates
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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