So who's getting hosed this year? Is it Detroit Tigers fans, whose ticket prices just went up 12% to $26.36? Well that team is just coming off a World Series appearance, so that's probably a no. Is it the Texas Rangers, who not only increased ticket prices 10% but let slugger Josh Hamilton leave? Well, that team's been to the World Series twice in the past three years and lost a wild card playoff game to the Orioles last year, so not so much there, either. Is it the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who not only continue this whole Los Angeles ruse but put a league-high 23.4% price increase into effect for this season? They're charging $27.54 to see Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Zach Greinke and last year's American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout, so no. There's a chance it's the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team hasn't made the playoffs since 1992, when their scrappy power hitter Barry Bonds was named the league's MVP. They haven't had a winning season during that span either, and only tormented fans last season by contending for the division title until just after the All-Star break. For everything Pirates fans have endured, they've had their average ticket price hiked 6.8% this year. Granted, that only brings it up to a third-lowest-in-the-league $17.21 and still lets them into one of the most beautiful stadiums in baseball at PNC Park.
It's still a better deal than Mariners fans are getting in Seattle: No playoffs since 2001, no World Series ever and longtime team cornerstone Ichiro Suzuki left last year for a spot on the Yankees. What do they get in return? A 7.8% ticket price hike. Thanks, Mariners. -- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.