With only 6 days left until the end of the MLB regular season, the 2012 playoff picture is beginning to become more clear. Baseball isn’t traditionally a strong niche within the event ticket industry, but popular teams in major markets can demand top dollar for highly coveted playoff tickets.
Although their are many popular and familiar teams headed to the post-season (e.g. the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals), this year we have quite a few of surprise teams as well. Teams that infrequently make the playoffs, even in smaller markets, can draw strong fan interest as they aren’t as accustomed to the novelty of playoff baseball .
In the American League, the Baltimore Orioles are in a battle for the American League East with the Evil Empire – New York. Even if the Orioles can’t catch the Yankees, they will likely earn a trip to the AL Wildcard Game against the Oakland A’s. The Orioles haven’t been to the post-season in 15 years (1997) so expect fan interest to be high should they get the opportunity to host playoff baseball in Baltimore.
In the National League, the big surprises have been the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals. Although both teams are extremely talented, most experts thought they were a few years away from being competitive. They couldn’t have been more wrong as the Reds and Nationals are currently tied for the best record in baseball. The Nationals franchise (formerly the Montreal Expos) haven’t been to the playoffs in 31 years (1981) and the last time playoff baseball was played in the nations capital was 1933- 79 years ago!! Fans should be extremely excited to see the Nationals seek a World Series title.
So for all you event ticket marketers, here are your 2012 MLB PLayoff Qualifiers if the season ended today…
2012 MLB Playoff Teams
#5 Oakland A’s
Notes: All teams are virtually a lock to make the playoffs with the exception of the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers currently have a 1.5 game lead in the AL Central. If the White Sox catch the Tigers they would be eliminated from playoff contention.
Notes: All teams are virtually a lock to make the playoffs.
Stayed tuned for more updates are Wildcard and Division Series Matchups are finalized!