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Comparing Dodgers 2015 Ticket Prices to 2014

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At 10 a.m. PT Friday morning, Dodger fans can purchase tickets for next season, the team announced Thursday.

True Blue LA looked into the price chart for this coming season as compared to that of last year.

Section 4-star 3-star 2-star 1-star
Field box VIP front row $150 (same) $140 (same) $130 (same) $120 (+9.1%)
Field box VIP $140 (same) $130 (same) $120 (same) $105 (+5%)
Field box MVP $140 (same) $130 (same) $120 (same) $100 (same)
Infield box $100 (same) $95 (same) $85 (same) $60 (+9.1%)
Preferred field box $63 (+5%) $53 (+6%) $48 (6.7%) $30 (+7.1%)
Loge VIP front row $110 (same) $100 (same) $95 (same) $80 (+6.7%)
Loge box VIP $110 (+15.8%) $88 (+3.5%) $83 (+3.8%) $70 (same)
Loge box MVP $85 (+6.3%) $73 (+4.3%) $68 (+4.6%) $58 (+5.5%)
Infield loge box front row $85 (+6.3%) $73 (+4.3%) $68 (+4.6%) $58 (+5.5%)
Infield loge box $72 (+2.9%) $68 (+4.6%) $60 (same) $47 (+4.4%)
Preferred loge box front row $48 (+6.7%) $43 (+7.5%) $38 (same) $34 (+13.3%)
Preferred loge box $48 (+6.7%) $43 (+7.5%) $35 (same) $25 (same)
Executive club level $90 (same) $70 (+7.7%) $67 (+4.7%) $62 (+24%)
Reserve MVP front row $48 (+6.7%) $43 (+7.5%) $35 (same) $25 (same)
Reserve MVP $48 (+6.7%) $43 (+7.5%) $35 (+9.4) $22 (+10%)
Infield reserve $35 (same) $28 (-6.7%) $25 (same) $15 (same)
Preferred reserve $30 (same) $24 (-4%) $20 (same) $11 (same)
Left field pavilion VIP $35 (+16.7%) $28 (+12%) $25 (+8.7%) $18 (+20%)
Left field pavilion $35 (+16.7%) $28 (+12%) $25 (+8.7%) $18 (+20%)
All-you-can-eat (RF) pavilion VIP $50 (+11.1%) $43 (+7.5%) $37 (+23.3%) $32 (+6.7%)
All-you-can-eat (RF) pavilion $50 (+11.1%) $43 (+7.5%) $37 (+23.3%) $32 (+6.7%)
Top deck VIP $30 (+20%) $24 (+20%) $20 (+11.1%) $12 (+20%)
Top deck $30 (+20%) $24 (+20%) $20 (+11.1%) $12 (+20%)
Loge party box $110 (+10%) $100 (same) $90 (-10%) $80 (-20%)

Parking has also gone up from $15 back to the familiar $20 of the past. However, the incentive of purchasing your pass online for $10 remains.

This season there will be:

  • 17 four-star games
  • 30 three-star games
  • 22 two-star games
  • 11 one-star games

To get tickets at their cheapest you will pay $11 to sit in the preferred reserve sections, which are the corners of each end, near the foul pole. Those are for one-star games.

Giants Release Second Baseman Marco Scutaro

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Veteran second baseman Marco Scutaro was released Wednesday by the San Francisco Giants, and will be on the hook for $6.67 million this coming season.

At 39-years-old and coming off of a back injury that limited him to five games in 2014, Scutaro’s career may be over.

After undergoing fusion surgery in late December, he was expected to be out 4-6 months before the team could determine whether or not he could continue playing baseball.

He hit .167/.091/.091, collecting one hit in 11 at-bats.

The decision was made to make room on the 40-man roster for incoming outfielder Nori Aoki.

PECOTA: Angels And Dodgers To Have Best MLB Records

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If projections pan out, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim should begin to prepare for a date in the 2015 Fall Classic.

PECOTA is an acronym for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, and is a sabermetric system for projecting MLB player performance.

Baseball Prospectus has owned PECOTA since 2003 and shared its 2015 projections recently.

According to the site, the Dodgers are positioned to win 97 games and run away with the N.L. West by 13 games, scoring 709 runs and allowing just 564 (fewest in the Majors). Sitting behind them would be the Giants with 84 wins and the Padres with 83. The Diamondbacks are projected to win 74 games, with the lowly Rockies sitting in at 72.

Second to the Dodgers in the N.L. are the Washington Nationals with 91 wins.

Tied with the Nationals are the Angels, who are slotted to win the A.L. West by four games over the Seattle Mariners, scoring 737 runs and allowing 646.

Finishing in third will be the A’s with 84 wins, with the Rangers at 83 and the Astros at 77.

What say you, fans?

Will there be a freeway World Series in 2015?

MLB News: Former Pitcher Ted Lilly Charged With Insurance Fraud

Photo: USA Today Sports

Photo: USA Today Sports

Former starting pitcher Ted Lilly has been charged with three counts of felonies related to allegedly filing a false insurance claim.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports that the 39-year-old Lilly (now residing in Edna Valley, Calif.) is being charged by the California Department of Insurance for a false insurance claim in March relating to his damaged recreational vehicle, which is estimated to be worth $210,000.

In the investigation it says that Lilly sustained damage by backing up the vehicle. Lilly took it to a body shop, which reported an estimate of $4,600 on March 19.

He then bought insurance from Progressive on March 24 and claimed the damage on March 28, according to Nancy Kincaid, a spokesperson for the CDI.

Lilly was charged on Oct. 24 with:

  • Filing a false insurance claim
  • Filing a false statement
  • Concealing a material fact in connection with an insurance claim

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.

Lilly could face a maximum penalty of five years in county jail if convicted. He’s scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 5. Three previous court hearings have been postponed.

He is a former two-time All Star and played for the Montreal Expos, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 15-year career.

During his career he made an estimated $80.4 million.

MLB News: Chicago Cubs Legend Ernie Banks Dies at 83

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The man known as Mr. Cub, hall of fame shortstop, Ernie Banks died Friday night at the age of 83 years old, the team announced. A cause was not mentioned.

Banks would have turned 84 on Jan. 31, but was denied the opportunity.

He hit 512 home runs in his 19-year career, and famously coined the phrase: “It’s a great day for baseball. Let’s play two.”

Chicago signed Banks on Sept. 17, 1953, the day he would also make his Major League debut, becoming the first Black person to play for the Cubs, and the eighth colored player to don a big league uniform.

Players to break the color barrier
Date Team Player
4/15/47 Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson
7/5/47 Cleveland Indians Larry Doby
7/17/47 St. Louis Browns (now Baltimore Orioles) Hank Thompson
7/8/49 New York Giants Monte Irvin
4/18/50 Boston Braves (now Atlanta Braves) Sam Jethroe
5/1/51 Chicago White Sox Minnie Miñoso
9/13/52 Philadelphia Athletics Bob Trice
9/17/53 Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks
4/13/54 Pittsburgh Pirates Curt Roberts

Throughout his 18-year career Banks became a 14-time All Star and a two-time National League MVP award winner, also adding a Gold Glove award in 1960.

He was a two-time home run champion and RBI champion and has his No. 14 retired by the Cubs.

In 1977 he received 83.8 percent of the vote to be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first ballot, entering alone.

Later, in 1999 he was named to the MLB’s all-century team, receiving 598,168 votes, behind Cal Ripken, Jr.’s 669,033 and ahead of Honus Wagner’s 526,740.

Dodgers News: Game Times Announced For Regular Season

Photo: USA Today Sports

Photo: USA Today Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers have unveiled the start times for the majority of their games for the 2015 regular season, beginning with April 6’s game against the San Diego Padres at 1:10 p.m. from Dodger Stadium.

Here’s a few notable games to think about with just over two months to go until the team’s first pitch:

Date Opponent Time Significance
April 6 vs. Padres 1:10 p.m. Opening Day and Matt Kemp's return to Dodger Stadium
April 13 vs. Mariners 7:10 p.m. First interleague game
April 21 at Giants 7:15 p.m. First meeting with Giants of season
April 27 vs. Giants 7:10 p.m. Giants visit L.A. for first time this season
May 11 vs. Marlins 7:10 p.m. Dee Gordon's return to Dodger Stadium
May 29 at Cardinals 5:15 p.m. Rematch of 2014 NLDS
July 31 vs. Angels 7:10 p.m. First freeway series game
September 1 vs. Giants 7:10 p.m. Possible playoff stretch begins
October 4 vs. Padres 12:10 p.m. Season concludes

Fans will flock to the stadium to see Kemp and Gordon return to Chavez Ravine in unfamiliar attire, and likely to the tune of cheers after providing their services to the city of Los Angeles for years.

You could see the full schedule on the team’s website.

Which game are you looking forward to seeing most?

Bay Area Fans Can Meet Their Sports Heroes With These Rare Experiences

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Bay Area sports fans have been able to enjoy success recently (Giants World Series titles and 49ers Super Bowl runs) and historically (Raiders and 49ers championships), and now have an opportunity to meet the sports heroes that have created those memories. IfOnly, a company that offers incredible VIP experiences, has a robust Bay Area sports component giving fans an opportunity meet, golf, train, and eat with champions from their favorite teams.

See below for 49ers, Raiders and Giants experiences, and check out IfOnly for experiences in sports, music, food, and style offerings as well:

49ers

Perhaps the greatest quarterback and wide receiver combo of all time are Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and 49ers fans can have unique and behind-the-scenes experiences with both of them. Additionally, another legend Ronnie Lott and current star Frank Gore have VIP offerings on the site. With Rice you can train with him at his legendary training ground, “The Hill.” Montana has a QB camp, among other opportunities, and Ronnie Lott will join you for dinner at Michael Mina’s local restaurant. Gore has the most expansive options, as he would join you for a baseball game, for dinner, or even for a Bar Mitzvah. Additionally they offer personalized messages and autographs. There is something for everyone.

Raiders

Fans of the silver and black can experience some amazing times with Raiders legends Marcus Allen and Tim Brown, particularly if they are also fans of golf. Both Allen and Brown will join your group for a round of golf. They also have autographs and personalized messages at a lower price point. Current Raiders Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley offer personalized signatures on the site as well.

Giants

An incredible opportunity for fans at AT&T Park is also available, and it comes with a bit more than just a seat at the ballpark. IfOnly is offering an incredible opportunity for fans to take batting practice at AT&T Park, and give it their best shot to splash one in McCovey Cove. The experience – which is for up to 75 people – comes with a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark with a buffet lunch, an opportunity to meet a former Giants player, and a new hat to wear to your next Giants game.

Post contributed by TiqIQ.com ticket services. 

Are the Giants Out On Max Scherzer?

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Max Scherzer is not likely to be pursued by the San Francisco Giants according to team general manager Brian Sabean, who doesn’t plan to talk to him.

Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News shared the scoop on Twitter.

There is some concern over shoulder fatigue for the free agent pitcher who formerly pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers.

Scherzer, 30, is expected to get a deal in the range of $180 million and is drawing interest from multiple teams including the Tigers, Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers and Yankees among others.

Marco Scutaro Undergoes Fusion Surgery In Back

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Marco Scutaro underwent fusion surgery of the L2 and L3 in his back Sunday, which could sideline him for 4-6 months, and possibly could bring upon the end of his career.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle had the news on Twitter:

Scutaro, 39, played in just five games because of a chronic back problem in 2014, and is owed $6 million in 2015. He hit .091/.167/.091 with a walk and three strikeouts in the limited time.

 

Padres Sign Brett Wallace To Minor League Deal

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The Padres signed 1B Brett Wallace to a minor league contract Tuesday. Wallace spent the 2014 season at Triple-A. Photo: KHOU

 

First baseman Brett Wallace signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball American reports on Twitter.

Wallace, 28, spent the 2014 season at Triple-A Norfolk (Orioles’ affiliate) and Buffalo (Blue Jays), where he hit .282/.350/.426 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs.

He played seven games at third base as well.

In four years at the big league level he hit .242/.313/.391 with 29 home runs and 102 RBIs.