This Year's Top Ticket Price Gainers and Losers of Major League Baseball
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The secondary ticket market is a volatile one. Ticket prices don't remain the same day to day let alone month to month.
So it's no shock that there have already been some hefty changes in the average price for some baseball teams. Some big market teams have seen prices drop after getting off to slow starts, while some smaller market teams have seen their prices soar.
Below is a list of the Top 3 price increases and decreases in average ticket price in the MLB, according to TiqIQ:
1) Washington Nationals | Original Avg.: $48 | Current Avg.: $54.35 | Price Change: $13.2%After being picked as an early World Series favorite, the Washington Nationals failed to even make the postseason last year. At 88-76 they might have been the most disappointing team in the league. While they were once again pegged as a contender this season, fans were notably hesitant leading to just a $48 average for Nationals tickets, which was easily the lowest in the league. The Nationals haven't lit the league on fire to start the year, but they currently have a 34-29, good for a tie atop the NL East. They also have a +46 run differential that's only behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League. That's been enough to see the average price climb $6.35 for the Nats. 2) Milwaukee Brewers | Original Avg.: $81.49 | Current Avg.: $90.86 | Price Change: 11.5% The Milwaukee Brewers were the big surprise at the start of the season. After finishing last season a meager 74-88 the Brewers weren't expected to be a factor in the division, especially since the Brewers schedule NL Central sent three teams to the postseason last year. But the Brewers got off to arguably the hottest start in baseball, and have done just enough to remain in first with a four game lead in the division.
At 38-27 they have the second best record in the National League, and they're only half a game away from a three-way tie for second in all of Major League Baseball. That has led to the biggest price climb in the league by far, with an increase of $9.41 on average for Brewers tickets. While that might not seem like a ton, only six teams have even seen an increase and only three have an increase of at least three dollars.
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