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As a "reward" for loyal fans and season ticket holders for a 75 win campaign, the Blue Jays organization is considering jacking up the price of single game tickets for next season according to the Globe & Mail.  In addition, the team is cutting back benefits for season ticket holders such as free plane trips to Dunedin next spring.  What's next?  Inviting dead players to try out before crossing them off the list?

The club's ability to attract negative publicilty is as impressive as horse poop attracting flies.  The fact the team official in the Globe story didn't outright deny that single game ticket prices are going up means they're going up.  Who's kidding who here?  I'm concerned about whether the price for Season Passes is going up or if they'll be outright eliminated?  Regardless, the team should be reducing ticket prices or holding the line on them at the very least.  They're high enough as it is and you get screwed with extra charges whether you order your tickets online or show up at the box office.  It's one thing if the Jays plan on using the savings to go after free agents, sign all their draft picks or lock up Roy Halladay to a lifetime deal but that's about as likely as Shea Hillenbrand and John Gibbons getting together to sing "Kumbaya" around the ol' campfire.

Speaking of Halladay, the National Post opines the Jays should get some solid trade offers for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner as they will apparently let suitors negotiate a contract extension.  In other Jays related news, congratulations go to Brian Dopirak for being named to the AA Topps All Star team and New Hampshire president/GM Rick Brenner for winning Executive of the Year by Ballpark Digest.

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Gerry - Thursday, November 19 2009 @ 08:41 AM EST (#208531) #

Here are two more stories.

The Star reports on price increases for some season ticket holders.  It appears that the Jays are holding the line on most season ticket prices but six sections in the right and left field corners have been upgraded to be priced the same as other level 100 sections closer to home plate.

Jordan Bastian reports on the Jays plans heading into free agency:

As much as we'd like to bring all three of those players back," Anthopoulos said recently, "there may be some areas where it makes sense for us to pursue other opportunities -- sign a free agent or make a trade that will be better for this organization.

I would say that I would probably be more active in trades than free agency," Anthopoulos said. "I think trades is definitely something that I'm going to be more aggressive with overall. That doesn't necessarily mean that they're going to occur, but it's probably a little bit more of a fit for our club right now


Matthew E - Thursday, November 19 2009 @ 10:00 AM EST (#208533) #

To be fair to the Jays, they have no choice but to raise ticket prices and cut back on services. All that money they spent on this year's draft picks has to come from somewhere!

(Or maybe it's all going to go to Vernon Wells.)

Forkball - Thursday, November 19 2009 @ 02:12 PM EST (#208544) #
More awards rolling in for the Jays!

Congrats to JP for his foresight!

johnny was - Thursday, November 19 2009 @ 03:21 PM EST (#208550) #
The Rogers Centre is probably the 3rd or 4th worst park in baseball, with grotty eye-sore turf, terrible concessions, and beer that finally touched $10 a pint last season.  I'm sure the fans will be glad to pay hiked ticket fees.
Ryan Day - Thursday, November 19 2009 @ 05:43 PM EST (#208557) #
Congrats to JP for his foresight!

In all the criticism that preceded and followed the Wells contract - some of it fair and reasonable, some of it insane - I don't believe anyone suggested it was a bad deal because Wells was going to completely fall apart at the age of 28 to the tune of an 85 OPS+.
CaramonLS - Saturday, November 21 2009 @ 02:52 PM EST (#208591) #
However Ryan, people did suggest (including myself) that his fielding was going to go down the tubes because of his body type - that was a very real concern prior to signing the contract.
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