Overall attendance at Dodger Stadium declined by 18 percent this year and many loyal customers decided they’ve had enough, with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reporting that the Dodgers’ season ticket base has dropped from 27,000 in 2007 to 17,000 in 2011.
Not surprisingly the Dodgers have decided to lower their ticket prices for next season, cutting the face value on 96 percent of their seats. Eric Stephen of True Blue LA notes that many of the new prices are the ballpark’s lowest in decades.
As part of their effort to lure back those fed up customers the Dodgers will also open the ballpark an hour early next year, allowing season ticket holders to catch batting practice, although given Los Angeles fans’ reputation for showing up late that seemingly won’t be a great draw.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.