All Major League Baseball teams have ceased play for the next few days. Many have already descended upon Cincinnati for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. Sunday kicked off the baseball festivities with the Futures Game and Monday night will continue the events with the Home Run Derby. Home Run Derby tickets are still pricy on the secondary market with an average price of $248.53 and a get-in price of $123. The All-Star Game will be held the following night on Tuesday, when baseball’s biggest stars will be taking the field to determine home field advantage for the World Series. All Star Game tickets have dropped in price and now only 2010 and 2011 had less expensive games since 2010. The game currently has an average price of $671.84 with a get-in price of $275.
2015 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby Participants All Set.
(UPDATE 7/9/15) Participants for the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby have been announced. Along with the new format, some big names have agreed to participate in this year’s Derby. The tournament will be in a bracket style and the first round will have a player from the American League take on one from the National League. The participants are Albert Pujols, Todd Frazier, Josh Donaldson, Joc Pederson, Manny Machado, Anthony Rizzo, Prince Fielder and Kris Bryant. Pujols is currently second in the majors in home runs (26), behind only the injured Giancarlo Stanton. Frazier follows closely behind with 25 this season.
2015 MLB All-Star Game Tickets Now Averaging $921 On Secondary Market
(UPDATE 7/7/15) After the starting lineups were announced on Sunday, the rest of the 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters, including the five final vote candidates in each league, were released on Monday night. Two of the announced reserves were immediately placed into starting roles to replace injured players. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Albert Pujols will start at first base for the American League to replace Miguel Cabrera and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen will start in the outfield in place of Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. The rest of the reserves are as follows:
American League Position Players: Jose Bautista (TOR), Prince Fielder (TEX), Brock Holt (BOS), Jose Iglesias (DET), Adam Jones (BAL), Jason Kipnis (CLE), Manny Machado (BAL), Russell Martin (TOR), J.D. Martinez (DET), Mark Teixeira (NYY), Stephen Vogt (C)
American League Pitchers: Chris Archer (TB), Dellin Betances (NYY), Brad Boxberger (TB), Zach Britton (BAL), Wade Davis (KC), Sonny Gray (OAK), Felix Hernandez (SEA), Kevin Herrera (KC), Dallas Keuchel (HOU), Darren O’Day (BAL), Glen Perkins (MIN), David Price (DET), Chris Sale (CWS)
National League Position Players: Nolan Arenado (COL), Kris Bryant (CHC), Brandon Crawford (SF), Adrian Gonzalez (LAD), Yasmani Grandal (LAD), D.J. LeMahieu (COL), Yadier Molina (STL), Joe Panik (SF), Joc Pederson (LAD), A.J. Pollack (ARI), Anthony Rizzo (CHC), Justin Upton (SD)
National League Pitchers: Madison Bumgarner (SF), A.J. Burnett (PIT), Gerrit Cole (PIT), Jacob deGrom (NYM), Zack Greinke (LAD), Shelby Miller (ATL), Max Scherzer (WAS), Michael Wacha (STL), Aroldis Chapman (CIN), Mark Melancon (PIT), Jonathan Papelbon (PHI), Francisco Rodriguez (MIL), Trevor Rosenthal (STL)
AL Final Vote: Mike Moustakas (KC), Xander Bogaerts (BOS), Yoenis Cespedes (DET), Brian Dozier (MIN), Brett Gardner (NYY)
NL Final Vote: Carlos Martinez (STL), Clayton Kershaw (LAD), Johnny Cueto (CIN), Jeurys Familia (NYM), Troy Tulowitzki (COL)
Polls for the Final Vote will be open until 4pm ET on Friday, July 10. 2015 MLB All-Star Game tickets have an average price of $921.11 with a get-in price of $325.
2015 MLB All Star Game Tickets Now Averaging $952 Per Seat on Secondary Market
(UPDATE 7/6/15) The starting lineups for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have been revealed. The lineups were voted on by the fans, and while there was at one point a Kansas City Royals domination, only four were voted in as starters for the American League. With the final week of voting, there were a few changes to the lineups. The game is just over a week away, and All-Star Game tickets currently have an average price of $952.42 and a get-in price of $327. That would still make this All-Star Game the most expensive Midsummer Classic since at least 2010 on the secondary market.
Below are the voted starting lineups for each league:
American: Miguel Cabrera** (1B, DET), Jose Altuve (2B, HOU), Alcides Escobar (SS, KC), Josh Donaldson (3B, TOR), Salvador Perez (C, KC), Mike Trout (OF, LAA), Lorenzo Cain (OF, KC), Alex Gordon (OF, KC), Nelson Cruz (DH, SEA)
National: Paul Goldschmidt (1B, ARI), Dee Gordon (2B, MIA), Jhonny Peralta (SS, STL), Todd Frazier (3B, CIN), Buster Posey (C, SF), Bryce Harper (WAS, OF), Giancarlo Stanton* (OF, MIA), Matt Holliday* (OF, STL)
**Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Holliday are currently injured. Cabrera and Stanton are likely to be replaced, but Holliday could return from injury before the game.
(UPDATE 7/1/15) On Sunday, the 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters will be named. With the game approaching, ticket demand has started to slightly tip upward on the secondary market. The current average price for MLB All-Star Game tickets is $1,037.48, up just under one percent from Monday afternoon. The current get-in price is $329, which is down from Monday’s get-in of $341. As Cincinnati is set to host, there are currently no Reds projected for the starting lineup. Though Todd Frazier, with 25 home runs, .614 slugging percentage and 160 OPS+, is a lock to make the roster in some capacity.
2015 MLB All Star Game Tickets Now Averaging $1029 On Secondary Market
(UPDATE 6/29/15) Just over two weeks remain before the regular season breaks for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. The annual gathering of the league’s best players will be held at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark on July 14. While the Reds haven’t fared very well this season, prices for MLB All-Star Game tickets on the secondary market are still high. The current average for the game is $1,028.68, which would make the game the most expensive over the past five seasons. Previously the most expensive had been in 2013 at Citi Field with an average of $883.44. The current get-in price of $341 is also the first since at least 2010 above $300.
There has been some controversy over the fan voting for the game’s starters. Royals and Royals fans had seemingly taken control of the vote as Kansas City held seven of the nine starting positions in the American League. As of the last voting update on Monday afternoon, two Royals — at third base and designated hitter — have been replaced in the current starting lineup. The leaders for each position in both leagues are as follows:
American: Miguel Cabrera, DET (1B), Omar Infante, KC (2B), Josh Donaldson, TOR (3B), Alcides Escobar, KC (SS), Nelson Cruz, SEA (DH), Salvador Perez, KC (C), Mike Trout, LAA (OF), Lorenzo Cain, KC (OF), Alex Gordon, KC (OF)
National: Paul Goldschmidt, ARI (1B), Dee Gordon, MIA (2B), Matt Carpenter, STL (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Buster Posey, SF (C), Bryce Harper, WAS (OF), Giancarlo Stanton, MIA (OF), Matt Holliday, STL (OF)
2015 MLB All Star Game Tickets In Cincinnati Are Averaging Over $1100 On Resale Market
(UPDATE 5/25/15) Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, also known as the “Midsummer Classic,” will be played on Tuesday, July 14th at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The All-Star Game symbolically marks the midway point of the baseball season and gives the fans an opportunity to watch the best players compete in the same game. Not only are the best players voted in by the fans, others players and managers, the best coaches in each league also get to participate. Ned Yost, who is the manager of the Kansas City Royals, will manage the American League team while Bruce Bochy, who is the manager of the San Francisco Giants, will manage the National League team. The American League has won two straight All-Star games and has won 14 of the last 18 All-Star games. That means much more now than it did years ago, as home field advantage in the World Series is determined by the game’s winner. Despite the American League’s stretch of dominance, the National League has won the All-Star Game 43 times compared to 40 victories for the American League overall.
According to TicketIQ, the average ticket price for the All-Star Game is $1,115.03 while the get-in price is $319. That’s is currently 55.8% above the $715.67 average last season for the game played at Target Field.
Last season, the American League won a tightly contested 5-3 decision at Target Field in Minnesota in front of 41,000 fans. Mike Trout was named All-Star Game MVP and Max Scherzer picked up the victory. The American League victory had the chance to play a big part in the Fall Classic. By virtue of the American League’s win, the seventh game of the World Series was played in Kansas City. San Francisco, however, was able to will its way to an exciting road victory and its third World Series title in the last five seasons.
While the All-Star Game gets much of the publicity, it is not the only event of the week. Before the actual All-Star Game is held, the Home Run Derby will be played on Monday, July 13. The current average price for Home Run Derby tickets is $682.68 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $173.
Royals fans have come out strong in the voting, getting five players in early starting spots. It’s close to six as Eric Hosmer has the smallest gap between first and second place players behind Miguel Cabrera at first base. The next American League update will come on June 1.