Friday, August 21, 2015
Joe Maddon has been talking playoffs since spring training, and now the Cubs season ticket holders have been contacted about the possibility of buying tickets for the postseason.
Season ticket holders have until Sept. 8 to pay for a full slate of tickets for a wild-card game on Oct. 7, the National League Division Series, the National League Championship Series and the World Series.
Tickets for the wild-card game and division series range from $45 (upper deck reserved outfield) to $160 (club box infield). LCS tickets range from $70 to $250.
World Series tickets range from $175 to $350.
Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 25 comment(s)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Imagine a world with no divisions….it’s easy if you try….
Were the postseason to begin today, the National League’s second- and third-best teams would play each other in a single winner-takes-all game for the honor of going on the road and playing a series against the best team in baseball. In the meantime, the teams with the fourth- and fifth-best records in the league would face off for a ticket to the NLCS.
If this seems screwed up, it’s because it is. The wild card opened up a world of possibilities, including the one playing out in the NL Central today: The three best records happen to come from the same division, and baseball’s playoff system is in danger of penalizing teams for having the temerity to exist in relative geographic proximity to other good teams.
This, of course, is ridiculous, and even if the New York Mets ride the weakness of the National League East or the Los Angeles Dodgers the strength of their $300 million payroll to pass up the Central’s St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs or even all three, an odd truth in baseball still will exist: winning a division is more important than winning, period.
Considering divisions are little more than constructs – they didn’t exist until 1969, further split 25 years later and are so subject to whims that teams change leagues without much hullabaloo – their power over baseball is strangely addictive. It held true in other sports, too, until NBA commissioner Adam Silver this offseason said the league plans to award teams with better regular-season records instead of giving division winners artificially high playoff seeds.
“That,” Silver told reporters, “is a vestige of a division system that may not make sense anymore.”
Friday, August 07, 2015
“There’s a lot of teams that are vying for the playoffs, so I think that’ll probably mean a little bit more blocking than usual,” Hoyer said. “There’ll definitely be deals. Whether those will be big deals or not, I would probably say no, simply because I do think people are pretty active on the waiver wire and there’ll be quite a bit of blocking.”
Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
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