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10 Major League Towns Where Baseball Doesn't Cost a Bundle

1. San Diego Padres

Average ticket price: $15.99

Change from 2012: +3.5%

We don't know how to put this politely, so we won't: This team might be a tough buy even at that price. Far be it for us to refuse a $16 ticket to Petco Field on a gorgeous San Diego day, but the Padres have a nasty habit of ruining days like that. Management has let prime talent such as Cy Young winner Jake Peavy, slugger Adrian Gonzalez and closer Heath Bell walk out the door without so much as a wave. Even a switch in ownership last year didn't exactly go as planned, as former owners John Moores and Jeff Moorad took a $200 million portion of the Padres' new TV deal with them. Rumors have swirled that the Padres are broke, but the new ownership group denies it despite making no offseason acquisitions. It may not be a costly season for Pads fans, but it'll probably be a long one.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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