10 Highest Beer Prices in Major League Baseball

 

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --  For many Americans, springtime means just one thing: Time for baseball. 

Unfortunately, baseball fans hoping to save money at the ballpark this season will be in for a shock. According to sports research firm Team Marketing Report, the average ticket price for a Major League Baseball game during the 2015 season has increased 3.3%, costing $28.94.

In addition to an increase in ticket prices, fans are sure to notice a price change in beer. While the average price of this ballpark staple has decreased since last year, the real value is found by the ounce.

Anyone shelling out $7.50 should look carefully at how much beer they're getting. For some, paying that price for a 20-ounce beer is actually a better deal than the $5, 12-ounce beers found at four different stadiums across the U.S.

Using Team Marketing Report's Fan Cost Index, we've identified the teams with the top 10 beer prices in the league by ounce. Is your team on the list?

 

10. Philadelphia Phillies
Price of a small draft beer: $7.75 for 21 ounces
Price per ounce: 37 cents

Fans may not be thrilled to hand over $7.75 for a single draft over at Citizens Bank Park. But for the amount of beer they get in return, it's a bargain.



9. Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins
Price of a small draft beer: $6.00 for 16 ounces (Rockies and Brewers), $7.50 for 20 ounces (Twins)
Price per ounce: 38 cents

In Colorado and Milwaukee, stadiums are named after major beer companies. Over the past four years, the Rockies have pulled in an average of 2.75 million fans to Coors Field, although they have yet to finish the regular season with an above .500 record.  At Miller Park, the Brewers have gone to the playoffs twice since losing the World Series title in 1982, when the team was still in the American League.

While these two teams also have below-average ticket prices, the Minnesota Twins sell tickets at the 8th highest prices in the league. But with the last World Series appearance, and win, by the Twins occurring in 1991, it's only fair that they offset the high ticket prices with well-priced beer.

 


8. Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals
Price of a small draft beer:
$6.50 for 16 ounces
Price per ounce: 41 cents

They won the World Series 10 years ago, but the Chicago White Sox hasn't placed first in their division since 2008. 

The Kansas City Royals made their first World Series (and playoff) appearance since 1985 last season, and the team hasn't hesitated to raise their ticket prices to reflect it. For the past two years in a row, their tickets prices have had the biggest percentage increases, going up 20.3% this year to $29.76.

While the Royals have significantly raised their ticket prices, the Washington Nationals, who have only made the playoffs three times in their 47-year history, have the 5th most expensive tickets in the league this season at $36.02.


7. Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays
Price of a small draft beer:
$6.75 for 16 ounces (Orioles), $5.00 for 12 ounces (Tigers, Athletics, Cardinals, Rays)
Price per ounce: 42 cents

Buck Showalter has led the Baltimore Orioles in the right direction since he began as manager in 2010.  In 2012, fans saw the Orioles ended their streak of losing seasons and, for the first time since 1997, the team reached the postseason. The team also made it to the playoffs last season.

The Detroit Tigers have made it to the postseason the last four seasons from 2011 to 2014 but have failed to win a World Series since 1984. In 2012, Detroit fans watched Miguel Cabrera win the first MLB Triple Crown in 45 years, so maybe a World Series win isn't too far behind.   

The Oakland Athletics are no strangers to the playoffs but their last World Series win was back in 1990. Luckily for fans, the A's can compensate their above-average beer prices by having some of the lowest-priced tickets in the league, as well as above-par performances during games.

The St. Louis Cardinals are in second place for the most World Series titles, with 11 to their name. Unfortunately, the New York Yankees have the Cardinals beat with 27 titles, but in a competition of the fairest beer prices, St. Louis comes out on top.

The Tampa Bay Rays haven't even been around 20 years, yet have entered the postseason four times. In 2008, the team made it to the World Series.

6. Cincinnati Reds
Price of a small draft beer: $5.25 for 12 ounces
Price per ounce: 44 cents

While on the lower end of spectrum when it comes to the cost of attending one of their games, the Cincinnati Reds are no strangers to expensive beer. While they've brought down the price of beer a bit since 2014, it's still enough to make anyone buying a beer at the Great American Ballpark wince.

5. Atlanta Braves
Price of a small draft beer: $7.25 for 16 ounces
Price per ounce: 45 cents

In 2013, the Atlanta Braves were a team of great young players, winning 96 games and heading into the playoffs. Last season the Braves only made it to win 79 games, and the potential that the team had two years ago seems to be fading. Unfortunately for fans, the high price of a small beer at Turner Field hasn't moved since last year.

4. Chicago Cubs and New York Mets
Price of a small draft beer: $7.75 for 16 ounces (Cubs), $5.75 for 12 ounces (Mets)
Price per ounce: 48 cents

For the first time since 2010, the Chicago Cubs raised ticket prices 1.5% to $44.81. This may be a way to offset the 5,000 or so seats at Wrigley Field that won't be available until at least May 11 due to a delay in the reconstruction of the bleachers, and the right field area that's closed until mid-June. Unless the Cubs expect to lower the price of beer once these seats are available (which isn't likely), baseball fans unattached to the team may choose to watch the White Sox play.

Things are starting to look up for the Mets, who have exceeded the expectations of fans and competitors alike this season. Their last World Series appearance was in 2000 when they lost against the New York Yankees, but soon they may be competing for the title once again.

3. Toronto Blue Jays
Price of a small draft beer: $6.79 for 14 ounces
Price per ounce: 49 cents

The only Canadian team in the MLB, the Toronto Blue Jays have struggled since 2007 to place in the top two of the American League East, which is considered by many to be the toughest division in league. Since stadium attendance has diminished since their last World Series title in 1993, the Blue Jays should consider lowering their beer prices to get fans in the door. 

2. Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners
Price of a small draft beer: $6 for 12 ounces (Miami), $7 for 14 ounces (San Francisco), $6 for 12 ounces (New York and Seattle)
Price per ounce: 50 cents

These four teams are all in different stages of franchise success. The Miami Marlins have not been in the postseason since 2003, when they defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series. But the Yankees have 27 World Series titles -- the most in the league -- to console them.

The San Francisco Giants, with three World Series titles in the past five years, are using their momentum to raise their ticket prices by 6.8% to $33.78. On the other hand, the Seattle Mariners are one of two teams in the league who have never made it to a World Series.

Despite their differences, they all have one thing in common: low value per ounce of their small draft beers.

1. Boston Red Sox
Price of a small draft beer: $7.75 for 12 ounces
Price per ounce: 65 cents

After a last-place season last year, the Boston Red Sox didn't raise ticket prices or decrease their beer prices. Maybe the team knows that baseball fans at Fenway Park will pay the high price for a small beer. Or, as one of the most popular teams in the country, the Red Sox may not care. Whatever their reasons, Boston fans shouldn't expect the price to change any time soon.

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