With pitchers and catchers reporting in Clearwater, Florida, the start of spring training games are not far away. The pitching staff has already seen an upgrade without anyone even throwing a pitch with the recent signing of A.J. Burnett. Phillies spring training tickets are already available for games at Brighthouse Network Field. The average price for home spring training games in 2014 is $52.05 with the top five games on the schedule all coming above that price.
3/21/14 vs Boston Red Sox | Avg. Price $86.65 | Get-in Price $46
The defending World Series champions will be the biggest draw in spring training. Tickets against Boston are the most expensive to the spring by a significant margin. Both the starting price and get-in price are around $20 more than any other Phillies spring training game.
3/17/14 vs Baltimore Orioles | Avg. Price $67.66 | Get-in Price $23
When Baltimore comes to Clearwater, the price drops much closer to the average and the get-in price cuts in half. The $23 get-in price is the cheapest of Philly’s top spring training games.
3/13/14 vs New York Yankees | Avg. Price $62.44 | Get-in Price $35
As is the case with many spring training games in the middle of March go, this will be a split squad game for the Yankees. It will be unclear which players on New York’s roster will be making the trip to play the Phillies, making it difficult for any fans planning on seeing Derek Jeter.
3/6/14 vs New York Yankees | Avg. Price $60.73 | Get-in Price $30
The Yankees will send a split squad on the 13th, but the first game against them on the 6th will be a split squad game for the Phillies. While half the roster will stay home in Clearwater, other players will be in Lakeland playing against the Detroit Tigers.
3/16/14 vs Pittsburgh Pirates | Avg. Price $58.39 | Get-in Price $33
A game against the Pirates becomes slightly more intriguing after the news of the Phillies signing starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. Burnett pitched very well for Pittsburgh last season, but the Pirates will not be able to match the $16 million contract the Phillies were able to offer.
The Phillies will be hoping to rebound from a disappointing 2013 season. With a pitching staff comprised of Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and now Burnett, spring training will be used for young players like Cody Asche and Maikel Franco to develop and add some youth to the roster.