MLB Franchise Notes: Rockies Increasing Ticket Prices Following First Playoff Berth Since '09
In Denver, Patrick Saunders writes Rockies Owner Dick Monfort was "clearly enthused by his club’s first trip to the playoffs" since '09 when he "delivered his annual letter to season-ticket holders this week." The Rockies will be “instituting a modest" ticket price increase for '18. The club is also set to unveil a "new scoreboard above the left-field stands at Coors Field" for the '18 season, as well as "new 'ribbon scoreboards' throughout the ballpark." Monfort's letter also promised a "better sound system at Coors Field" (DENVER POST, 10/18).
WAITING GAME: Braves Chair & CEO Terry McGuirk said MLB's investigation into the team, which led to the resignation of GM John Coppolella, has been "wrapped up for a while." He said the Braves "respect all of baseball’s timelines on making announcements during the playoffs." McGuirk: "Things are going along great at the Braves. We had our organizational meetings. We’re moving full speed ahead. So we’ll hold off on any comments" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 10/18).
MAKING CHANGES: In Miami, Jackson & Spencer reported the Marlins' new ownership "quietly has dropped a handful of employees in scouting and player development." It is "unclear if they will replace any of those employees, whose contracts are expiring." That means Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has "dropped nearly 15 employees since taking over, which isn’t particularly unusual in an ownership change" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/17).