This is only a problem for a business that is used to having an anti-trust exemption: The New York Post reports that the Yankees are not pleased with StubHub — a partner of Major League Baseball — because Yankees tickets are for sale at very, very low prices:
. . . for the past few years, the cheapest unwanted Yankee tickets have been reselling on StubHub at just a few dollars apiece, and sources say the team isn’t happy.
For instance, right now there are 7,184 tickets listed on StubHub for next Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, with prices starting at just $3 — less than the price of a beer. If fans went to the Stadium box office or to Yankees.com, the team’s official site, those seats would cost $15.20 apiece.
The reporter, John Cruedle, says that the Yankees, the Angels and some other clubs “would like StubHub to place a floor on ticket prices offered for sale on their site.”
Because, apparently, the Yankees believe that people wouldn’t sell their tickets for more on StubHub if they could? Or am I just missing something about how markets are supposed to work?
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)