When Stephen Strasburg’s debut game was announced earlier this week, prices for tickets to the thing shot up almost immediately. As of a couple of days ago nothing could be had on StubHub for under $50, which is pretty unprecedented for Nats Park. According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, however, prices are sinking and now there are multiple seats available in the $40 range.
A blip? A market correction? The result of the Nationals losing seven of their last ten? I imagine all of these things are at work. I’d also like to think there’s a mass realization that, hey, this kid is going to get more than a dozen starts this year and, given the current trajectory of the Nats, tickets won’t be too hard to get for them.
It certainly can’t be a decline in enthusiasm for Strasburg himself. If that were the case people wouldn’t be trying to do ridiculous things like name their town after the guy.
They should know that such a thing is a totally bad move. Just ask the residents of Van Poppel, California.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins say minor league pitcher Yorman Landa has died in Venezuela. He was 22.
The club said in a statement that the Twins are “deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss.” The team did not say how he died.
Landa pitched in the 2016 season with the Fort Meyers Miracle, going 2-2 with 7 saves and a 3.24 ERA in 41 2/3 innings pitched. His career minor-league ERA was 2.66.
Landa had been on the Twins’ 40-man roster, but was dropped after the season. The organization signed him to a minor-league contract last week.
Landa was signed by the Twins in 2010 as a 16-year old from Santa Teresa, Venezuela.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.