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.
Earlier, Craig wrote about how Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in manager Dave Roberts’ doghouse once again. Puig didn’t slide into second base when he was caught stealing to end Saturday’s game, which irked Roberts.
Puig didn’t earn himself any brownie points on Monday as he was late to a team workout and was benched as a result, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Roberts said, “That was a decision he made, not me.” Roberts added that he was disappointed in Puig, though he did note that the former All-Star’s behavior has been improved for most of the season.
Puig, 26, has had a solid season, batting .259/.339/.474 with 26 home runs, 70 RBI, 66 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 554 plate appearances. While he hasn’t provided value on the same level as Justin Turner or Corey Seager, he’s been a valuable part of the lineup which makes this drama all the more unfortunate with just a week and a half before the start of the NLDS.
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates were granted an exemption by Major League Baseball and the players’ union which will allow infielder Jung Ho Kang to participate in the Dominican Winter League without being removed from the restricted list.
Kang, 30, has been denied a visa by the Department of State as a result of his third DUI in South Korea last September. Kang was also under investigation in 2015 for alleged sexual assault.
Kang is under contract through the end of 2018 and the Pirates have a club option for the 2019 season as well, so it makes sense they would try to get him into some type of baseball action ahead of next season. The infielder has hit .273/.355/.483 in 837 plate appearances across two seasons in the majors. As Brink notes, Kang has already arrived to the Dominican Republic and will work out with his team, Aguilas Cibaenas, ahead of the start of the season on October 20.