It’s officially baseball season, and this year is more expensive than ever – payrolls are higher and athletes are making more. This year is also one of cutbacks, especially in Boston, where ticket and food prices are lower.
Here is the 2013 Major League Baseball season by the numbers.
According to Street & Smith’s Sports Business Daily, MLB payrolls rounded out at $3.1 billion this year, a 4.5 percent increase over last year. Coming out on top are the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a payroll of $213 million. The Houston Astros collectively make $32 million—the least in the league. In New York, the Yankees have the league’s second highest payroll with an estimated $210 million to spend on staff.
The Red Sox, who’s most recent record of 69-93 gave them their worst season since 1965, saw payroll fall 13.4 percent to $150 million.
Alex Rodriguez is professional baseball’s highest paid player for the 13th straight season, with a salary of $29 million, $29.5 million in earnings, and an off field price of $500,000. He’ll receive $6 million in bonuses if he makes certain career home run goals, including one that is near (660), according to Forbes. The third baseman is recovering from a hip surgery, so it may be awhile before he even gets on the field.
According to MLB, the minimum salary of a major leaguer for the 2013 season is $490,000. Next
Just this month at Fenway, kids will eat free—they can go to designated concession stands to get a Fenway Frank, a bag of Goldfish, and some juice before the third inning. Grown-ups can take advantage of a buy one, get one free hot dog special and discounted beer prices – down from $7.50-$8.50 to $5 for a 12-ounce cup. That’s just a dollar above the best deal in the league of $4 for a 14-ounce beer from Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
What’s up at Fenway
Although the Red Sox have the most expensive average home field ticket, the average ticket price at Fenway Park is down 21.43 percent from last season, Forbes reported. The Globe reported season ticket renewals were down about 10 percent over last season, and tickets for many games throughout the year are still up for grabs. Next
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How much you pay for a hot dog depends on where you’re watching the game. According to CNN, Mets fans at Citi Field will have to drop $6.25 for a hot dog, but at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Reds fans will be out just a dollar per dog.
If an ice cold beer is on your agenda, CNN reports you can usually expect to spend between $5 and $7.
Soaring ticket prices
MLB ticket prices rose 5.87 percent this year. The most notable increase in ticket price comes from Toronto, where an extensive trade with the Miami Marlins has excited the fan base and jolted the average ticket price to $100.99, third highest in the league, Forbes reported.
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