Football is over, March Madness is weeks away, and the days are ever-so-slightly getting longer. That can only mean one thing: the 2011 Major League Baseball Season is within reach. For the next six weeks, Arizona and Florida host the annual MLB Spring Training.
For locals in the area, or vacationers looking to catch some sun and baseball on spring break, Spring Training is a great way to get in on some early baseball action. The small, obscure ballparks used for the games let fans get super close to their favorite stars. The way certain players come out in spring training can at times foreshadow how they play in the regular season. It is also the first time that fans can see their favorite teams new trade and free agent acquisitions in their home -team jersey. This spring, there a plenty of those to be tossed around.
The Boston Red Sox made headlines in the off-season with a slew of big name pick ups. Sluggers Adrian Gonzales and Carl Crawford now wear the Boston “B”, as does the Bosox’ newest addition the the bullpen, Bobby Jenks. The Red Sox lineup is different, but don’t be fooled, as they are favorites to win the American League this year.
In the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies have put together one of the deadliest pitching rotations in the history of the game. The Phillies snagged Cliff Lee, easily the hottest target of the off-season, in a move that firmly placed them in contention for a National League title.
Spring Training Tickets: Cactus vs. Grapefruit
Spring Training is a great way for fans to see their teams prepare for the upcoming season. Between the Cactus League in Phoenix, AZ and the Grapefruit League around South Florida, there is a ton of baseball to watch. Below is a comparison of the two leagues, as well as a bit of a preview as to which teams are the hottest this pre-season (as compared by their average ticket prices for spring training games).
- The Cactus League has the higher overall average ticket price of $39.2, just in front of the average for the Grapefruit League of $37.9.
- The Grapefruit League does have the two teams with the highest average ticket prices: the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
- In the Cactus League, the 2010 MLB World Series Champion San Francisco Giants have the highest overall average price, just in front of the Chicago Cubs.
- San Francisco Giants tickets: $58
- Chicago Cubs tickets: $54
- Arizona Diamondbacks tickets: $50
- Seattle Mariners tickets: $46
- Chicago White Sox tickets: $39
- Cleveland Indians tickets: $37
- Los Angeles Dodgers tickets: $37
- San Diego Padres tickets: $36
- Oakland Athletics tickets: $35
- Colorado Rockies tickets: $34
- Milwaukee Brewers tickets: $34
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tickets: $34
- Cincinnati Reds tickets: $32
- Kansas City Royals tickets: $31
- Texas Rangers tickets: $31
- Boston Red Sox tickets: $84
- New York Yankees tickets: $62
- Philadelphia Phillies tickets: $53
- Detroit Tigers tickets: $42
- Minnesota Twins tickets: $39
- New York Mets tickets: $35
- Houston Astros tickets: $31
- St. Louis Cardinals tickets: $31
- Tampa Bay Rays tickets: $30
- Florida Marlins tickets: $30
- Toronto Blue Jays tickets: $30
- Washington Nationals tickets: $29
- Baltimore Orioles tickets: $28
- Atlanta Braves tickets: $25
- Pittsburgh Pirates tickets: $20