March 11, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Zack Greinke made it through five innings of his first spring with the Dodgers before they sent him for an MRI examination. That is a red flag for any pitcher, let alone the one with the $147-million contract that makes him the highest-paid right-hander in baseball history. The Dodgers exhaled on Monday, after Greinke was diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow. Manager Don Mattingly said he expects Greinke to be available for his first regular-season start April 2, although the Dodgers could grant him extra rest since they do not need five starters until April 13. Greinke complained of elbow discomfort last week, and an MRI did not show any structural damage.
February 15, 2013 |
Your browser does not support iframes. It appears Dodgers fans are a forgiving bunch, or at least are all in on the team's new ownership. Team President Stan Kasten said in a Dodgers video that season-ticket sales continue into uncharted territory, are already at 27,000 and are going north of that figure. He said last year season tickets at the beginning of the season were about 17,000. “In my experience, I've never seen a jump like this,” Kasten said. Under Peter O'Malley, season tickets were capped at 26,000.
February 8, 2013 |
MILLVILLE, N.J. - Norman Rockwell never visited this small south New Jersey town, but he rendered its likeness in hundreds of paintings, from the low-slung brick storefronts along Main Street to the snow-covered banks of the Maurice River. He painted the people, too, all square jaws and determination. Hard working. Humble. "Salt of the earth," Mayor Tim Shannon says. Shannon should know. In addition to being mayor he's fifth-generation Millvillian, part of a family that first settled here just after the Civil War. "There is a core of Millville people that have been here for generations," he says.
February 5, 2013 |
The Angels will put single-game tickets on sale Feb. 23. They won't tell you the prices in advance, so you could go to the Angel Stadium ticket office that day without knowing whether you can afford tickets to the game you really want to see. That is one result of the Angels' dynamic pricing system, part of an industry-wide trend in which teams try to adjust prices to supply and demand rather than let scalpers do it for them. The concept of selling the same seat for the same price for every game appears increasingly dated.
January 15, 2013 |
Fans will have to pay a minimum of $30 to enter Dodger Stadium on days the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox are visiting this year. The Dodgers on Monday introduced a four-tiered valuation system for individual game tickets, joining the legion of American sports franchises that have implemented variable pricing structures. The flip side is that tickets to a midweek game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will probably cost less than they did a year ago. "This is becoming the industry standard, not just in L.A., but in every sport across the country," said David Siegel, the Dodgers' senior director of ticket sales.
January 6, 2013 |
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told a group of about 1,000 season-ticket holders at Staples Center that he was "disappointed" with the team's performance this season. "If you have a bunch of cylinders, we're not running on all cylinders right now," he said during a Q&A session Sunday morning, before the Lakers fell to 15-18 with a 112-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night. The major question for the organization seems to be the integration of Pau Gasol with Dwight Howard, under the guidance of Coach Mike D'Antoni.
December 10, 2012 |
The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort , one of Sin City 's best-kept secrets, is open for the 2012-13 season. There are new features as the resort celebrates its 50th anniversary. It's less than an hour's drive from the Strip to the slopes in Lee Canyon, in the Spring Mountains near Mt. Charleston in southern Nevada. The resort's owners hope new amenities this winter will lure people away from the casinos. The resort has 14 new, groomed trails, bringing the total to 30, plus a new quad chairlift.
November 19, 2012 |
In less than three months, players will be telling us how they're all in the best shape of their lives and think this will be the season they can win the World Series. Like in any other year. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the Dodgers' spring training camp in Phoenix on Feb. 12, the team announced on Monday. The first full-squad workout will be Feb. 16. Workouts are open to the public. The Dodgers will play 34 games in the Cactus League, including 19 at their home Camelback Ranch.
October 18, 2012 |
The Dodgers' opening-day payroll in 2013 could be double what it was last season, but the pricing structure for season tickets at Dodger Stadium doesn't appear to be changing significantly. Season-ticket prices for about 8,000 seats in the 56,000-seat ballpark will increase, but prices for more than 10,000 of them will go down. About 38,000 will remain the same. The price changes that occurred were largely the result of the reclassification of seats, according to David Siegel, the senior director of ticket sales.
October 4, 2012 |
Last off-season, the Dodgers in bankruptcy and fans deserting the team like they were jumping off the Titanic, Frank McCourt's attempted solution to lure back the throngs was to lower ticket prices. After their attendance dropped 627,181 in 2011, the Dodgers announced a price reduction on what they said was 96% of their seats. Hard to say how it worked, but attendance did rise by 13.3% this season. Whether it was because of new ownership, a better team or midseason trades, the Dodgers drew 3.3 million in 2012, an increase of 389,107.