This week we released a study on the MLB teams that have delivered the best value to fans thus far in the 2013 season. The study is based on an algorithm that compares the home schedule and performance of the 30 major league teams with their average home ticket price. Here’s a few things we learned:
- The Pittsburgh Pirates, who have had the best start through the first quarter of the season in 21 years, are currently the best value in professional baseball.
- Other teams with lower than average ticket prices who have maintained a relatively strong home showing early in the season include the Nationals, with double-digit hits in four straight games for the first time this year.
- MLB teams with historically strong franchises or recent championship appearances have some of the highest ticket prices on the secondary market, including the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants
So how does your team fare? The chart below places all 30 MLB teams in four quadrants based on their cost/value ratio. Teams positioned in the upper left quadrant are the best value to fans because they boast competitive at home schedules and strong performance for the lowest average ticket price.