Brandon Belt made a comment yesterday about the Dodgers and their incredible 1st place NL West ranking this year, something to the effect, “that’s where they’re supposed to be”. I thought it to be a rather odd comment and did a little research to find that the Dodgers have the highest average salary this year in all of MLB, besting the Atlanta Braves who will undoubtedly be their biggest contender in the playoffs by more than double ~ Dodgers average salary $7,468,882 vs the Braves average salary of $3,095,800.
Personally, I’m cheering for the Braves for that reason alone. Even though my home team is the SF Giants, I’ve never bought into the “Giants-hating-Dodgers” routine that’s prevalent in both ball clubs. But I am a fan of getting those ridiculous obscene salaries in line with what the average Joe can afford to pay at the gate i.e., cut the cost of the tickets in half and halve the players salaries. or something like that. The players would still be making tons.
And I guess I’m still just a little peeved that the Giants, back in 2011, after winning the 2010 World Series and all the profits that go with that, raised the price of their season tickets. I know baseball’s a business but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. Just one fan’s opinion.
- Dodgers’ Mattingly discusses pursuit of home-field advantage (miamiherald.com)
- Young gives loaded Dodgers even more options (mlb.mlb.com)
- Dodgers activate former Giants star closer Brian Wilson (upi.com)
- Uribe belts three HRs, Dodgers power past D-Backs (cbssports.com)
- Has Braves September Collapse Begun? (atlantabullpen.com)
I should mention that in spite of the higher ticket prices at AT&T Park the Giants manage to sell out every game to an incredibly loyal fan base. This is true even now, when they’re 20 games behind in last place NL West. So much for sour grapes huh?
…and dodger stadium is much more sffordable.