MLB Mid-Season Review

All-star week starts next week so let’s take a look at how the first half of the MLB season went. Check out the top 5 teams in terms of sales on StubHub this year:

Top Selling Teams in 2014 (sales)

  1. San Francisco Giants
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Los Angeles Dodgers
  5. St. Louis Cardinals

No big surprise that StubHub’s hometown Giants sit at number one. The Giants have been the top selling team every season since they won their their second (local) World Series in 2012. They also started out red hot this year but have cooled off lately. It will be interesting to see if their rival, The Dodgers, can move up and ahead during the second half of this year as they continue to win. Now let’s looks at top away sales:

Top Selling Away Teams in 2014 (sales)

  1. New York Yankees
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. Baltimore Orioles
  4. Los Angeles Dodgers
  5. San Francisco Giants

You either love the Yankees/Red Sox or you love to hate them. Either way, they drive up demand every time they come to town. The Orioles sitting at third is a little surprising – though this is probably propped up by the Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium in which the Orioles will be the away team. Which brings us to the highest selling upcoming games:

Highest Selling Upcoming Games (sales)

  1. Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees 9/25 (Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium)
  2. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox 9/28 (Derek Jeter’s last game)
  3. 2014 MLB All-Star Game 7/15
  4. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 7/26
  5. St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs 7/26

It’s all about Jeter here. Demand to see Jeter’s last games in pinstripes is through the roof. Let’s forget about overall sales for a moment – after all some markets are way bigger than others. How about highest increase in sales compared to last year?:

Highest Overall Sales Growth Year over Year

  1. Pittsburgh Pirates 74%
  2. Oakland Athletics 51%
  3. Miami Marlins 50%
  4. Boston Red Sox 48%
  5. St. Louis Cardinals 38%

After their first winning season since 1992, Pittsburgh fans are ecstatic to be cheering on good baseball at PNC Park again. Also, the Athletics are red hot this year and fans have to be pumped after trading for Jeff Simarjah, Smarzjdeh, Samardzija and Jason Hammel this past weekend. The A’s seem like they’re going all-in on a World Series championship this year. Speaking of the Shark, let’s look at top selling pitchers so far this year:

Top Selling Pitchers – increase in sales when pitching in 2014

  1. Jeff Samardzija – Chicago Cubs (traded to the A’s last weekend) – 78%
  2. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – 78%
  3. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – 46%
  4. David Price – Tampa Bay Rays – 27%
  5. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – 26%

Poor Cubs fans. The one pitcher that really sent Cubs demand sky high whenever he was on the mound is now pitching in Oakland. At least they have a boat load of talent in the minors now. Once they start calling up all those prospects, will the Cubbies sit atop StubHub’s sales rankings next year?

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