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MLB Franchise Notes: Twins Increasing Most Season-Ticket Prices

Most Target Field Tickets Will Carry Higher
Price In '11, With Increases Ranging From $1-3

The Twins yesterday announced that most season-ticket prices will increase for the '11 season. Target Field's "most expensive seats, the dugout box seats, will go up from $69 a game this year to $72" next season. Home plate box seats also will go up $3 to $53, while "Diamond box, field box and left field bleacher seats, priced at $38, $29 and $18 a game this year, will each cost $2 more" in '11. Club level seats, $55 and $48 a game this season, "will be $58 and $50 next year," while all the "terrace level seats will cost $1 more a game." The only seats "not going up are the outfield mezzanine level seats" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/24).

NO REST FOR THE WEARY: In Boston, Nick Cafardo noted the Mets' attendance at Citi Field "keeps plummeting (down 6,000 per game from last season), the controversies keep growing, and the Mets can’t seem to find solutions." Still, it "doesn't get any easier" next season. With arbitration cases, the Mets will have about $140M "committed to the same players." With the "decline in attendance and the murky finances of the Wilpons, who lost a small fortune in the Bernie Madoff fiasco, it’s unclear" how much GM Omar Minaya "can do to change this team." A team exec said, "It’s always difficult when the high-priced players don’t live up to their contracts. The Mets have had a lot of that, unfortunately" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/22).

LOVE IS ALL AROUND YOU: In Ft. Worth, Anthony Andro reports the new ownership group of the Rangers, led by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan, already is "taking steps to expand their reach within the region." The Rangers Sunday ran full-page ads in the Dallas Morning News and Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, as well as in newspapers in several other Texas cites, including Austin, Abilene, Longview, Tyler, Waco and Wichita Falls. The ad, also appearing in papers in Oklahoma City and Shreveport, La., featured an open letter from Greenberg and Ryan and "mentioned how the Rangers wanted input from the fans on how to better serve them" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/24).

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