Correction: Due to inaccurate information from Team Marketing Report, the price of a small beer at the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park and Texas Rangers' Rangers Ballpark was misreported in an earlier version of this story. The smallest beer at both facilities is $5.NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- We're roughly a month into the Major League Baseball season and baseball's beer drinking fans are already behind in the standings. Major League Baseball's average price for a small beer rose from $5.81 last year to $6.16 this year. At this time last year, the highest price for a small beer was the $7.25 the Boston Red Sox were charging at Fenway Park. This year three teams have exceeded that price, with one team breaking the $8 barrier for the first time ever. With help from Team Marketing Report's Fan Cost Index, we came up with the Top 10 beer prices in the league. In each case, fans are getting soaked beyond the average:
Price of a small draft beer: $5.75 The team moved in the fences, brought back some of the blue and orange trim and kept beer prices steady to give fans something to cheer about after last year's miserable season. The Brewers, meanwhile, celebrated the NL Central title by increasing the price of a 16-ounce beer by 25 cents.
Price of a small draft beer: $6.25 The O's held to last year's price for an 18-ounce beer, while the recently sold Dodgers are charging 25 cents more for a 16-ounce cup than they did in 2011. With both starting the season on a high note, maybe fans won't notice until the first slump.
Price of a small draft beer: $6.50 The White Sox and Washington held the line from 2011, but that $6.50 price tag in 2012 still puts both teams firmly within the Top 10. Not raising the price of a costly beer doesn't make it any more affordable, unless you plan on hosting a "give everyone a 5% raise" promotion night.
Price of a small draft beer: $6.75 The price hasn't changed since last year, but c'mon. You're practically bicycling Anheuser-Busch InBev ( BUD) products in from the brewery and the stadium has the Busch family's name on it. This must hurt even worse for Cards fans knowing that they're paying more for 12 ounces of beer than their fellow beer-ballpark fans pay for a pint at Milwaukee's Miller Park ($5.75) or Colorado's Coors ( TAP) Field ($6).
Price of a small draft beer: $7 Your team collapses at the end of last season and fails to make the playoffs and you still raise the price of a 16-ounce beer by 25 cents. No wonder Coca-Cola ( KO) is so popular in the ATL.
Price of a small draft beer: $7 No playoffs, a new general manager and the price of a pint of beer jumps 50 cents. We won't talk about curses, Cubs fans, but at least Theo Epstein didn't bring Boston's beer prices with him.
Price of a small draft beer: $7.19 It's a rough estimate given the exchange rate, but still 15 cents more than last year's price per 14 ounces -- when they're selling it. The Jays have been forced to make Rogers Centre alcohol free for three games this season, including opening day, after the local alcohol commission punished the venue for allowing drunkenness and sales to minors.
Price of a small draft beer: $7.25 No change in price for what was the most expensive 12 ounces of Major League beer in 2011. Maybe new coach Bobby Valentine is deflecting some of the flak from the beer vendors.
Price of a small draft beer: $7.75 The price of beer goes up a buck in Citizens Bank Park, but at least the "small" is still 21 ounces. At 37 cents an ounce, that's still a better deal by volume than fans are getting anywhere on this list except Baltimore.
Price of a small draft beer: $8 OK, so the team has a new stadium to pay for, a new manager with a penchant for praising Cuban dictators, new high-priced free agent signings and its own special on Showtime. That may warrant the 55.4% hike in ticket prices, but not an extra buck for 16 ounces of beer. -- Written by Jason Notte in Boston. >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.