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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.

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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.

Notable anniversaries:

Fenway Park – 100th

Dodger Stadium – 50th

Oriole Park: - 20th

Designated hitter rule – 40th season

Highest-paid players:

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


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