Red Sox plan to raise ticket prices in 2020

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: John W. Henry, owner of Liverpool ahead of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Red Sox may have gone 84-78, missed the playoffs, and are looking to cut payroll (which could mean trading superstar Mookie Betts), but the team still plans on raising ticket prices in 2020, according to team president Sam Kennedy.

“We’ve had a pretty consistent approach to ticket pricing the last five years,” Kennedy said on Monday. “Low single digits and cost of living inflationary increases. We haven’t made a decision for 2020, but I would anticipate another modest increase.”

This has been a theme in recent years, as the team has raised ticket prices 1.4 percent, 2.9 percent., 2.5 percent and 2.5 percent over the last four years, according to the Herald's Jason Mastrodonato.

But this is also a straight-up horrible look for the team when pretty much everybody knows that you're going to have to actively make the team worse for 2020 should you follow through on your plan to get the team under the competitive balance tax penalty that would hit John Henry's (fat) wallet if the team doesn't get their payroll under $208 million.

It also doesn't help that the Red Sox were already one of the most expensive tickets in baseball, as their average ticket in 2019 cost $59.32, which was the second-highest in baseball. A trip to Fenway Park was also considered the second-most expensive trip for a family of four, checking in at over $354, according to the 2019 MLB Fan Cost Index.

If it's any consolation, the 2019 Red Sox that disappointed you at almost every stop and turn averaged a league-high 3:25 length of game, so at least you're paced to get your money's worth as you go bankrupt in an extremely uncomfortable seat.

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