MLB Opening Day: 'Batter up!' for fast facts on the 2012 season
MLB Opening Day: A quick overview on the 2012 season, from the re-branded Marlins to a new ticket trend. MLB Opening Day is, in reality, a night game at the new Marlins ballpark in Miami Wednesday.
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Last year’s National League MVP, Ryan Braun, of the Milwaukee Brewers, avoided a 50-game suspension this season when an arbitrator ruled in his favor about a disputed positive drug test. Braun impressively defended his honor in a statement delivered on the field during spring training, but the case may not be fully settled.Skip to next paragraph
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The big question now that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been sold for a record $2 billion is whether new ownership and public enthusiasm can restore the franchise’s old gleam. The Dodgers haven’t won the World Series since 1988 and finished third in the NL West season with a .509 winning percentage.
The movie “Moneyball” has brought a lot of attention to Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. The question now is whether he his style of assembling a team can help the A’s improve on last year’s disappointing 74-88 record.
The Houston Astros, the worst team in the majors last year, are playing their final season in the National League. Next year they will be switched to the American League to create an even 15-15 split between the two leagues and put the Astros and Rangers in the same division.
Ticket-selling trend: Seventeen of 30 teams now use “dynamic pricing,” which means that ticket prices vary by game, depending on opponent, day of the week, month of the season, etc.
Fenway Park – 100th
Dodger Stadium – 50th
Oriole Park: - 20th
Designated hitter rule – 40th season
Alex Rodriguez (Yankees), $27.5 million
Ryan Howard (Phillies), $25 million
CC Sabathia (Yankees), $24.4 million
Albert Pujols (Angels), $24 million
Cliff Lee (Phillies), $24 million
Teams with highest payrolls:
New York Yankees – $197 million
Philadelphia Phillies – $173 million
Boston Red Sox – $160 million
Teams with lowest payrolls:
Kansas City Royals – $36 million
Tampa Bay Rays – $42 million
San Diego Padres – $45 million
Top players switching teams:
Albert Pujols - St. Louis to LA Angels
Prince Fielder - Milwaukee to Detroit
Jose Reyes - NY Mets to Miami