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No price increase in 2014 for Mariners’ full-package season-ticket holders
Some ticket plans for next year will go up, and others will go down
Seattle Times staff reporter
ST. LOUIS – Full-package season-ticket holders won’t be paying more to see Mariners games next season.
The team announced Friday its prices remain frozen for full 81-game packages, while weekend and some half-season plans will decrease.
Business packages and other half-season plans will have increases, due mainly to the club’s “variable pricing’’ approach. Under it, some games are more costly than others depending on the opponent, day of the week, time of the year and special events.
Because most premium games fall on weekdays next season, weekend packages will actually decrease anywhere from 2 to 3.4 percent. Some half-season plans will drop 0.9 percent or rise 0.7 percent.
Business plans will rise the most, going up 2.1 to 3.5 percent.
The Mariners were careful to put out a detailed news release this year announcing their pricing. Last year, the team came under fire from some season-ticket holders who were surprised to see their rates had gone up without being told in advance.
Kendrys Morales still tells himself to watch his celebrations whenever he nears home plate after a homer.
It was more than three years ago that Morales suffered a severe ankle fracture after hitting a walkoff home run for the Angels to beat the Mariners. Morales missed nearly two years of playing time while he recovered, so hitting the 100th home run of his career Wednesday night had deeper meaning.
But while rounding the bases, he reminded himself to keep it simple.
“I don’t celebrate the same way,’’ Morales said with a chuckle Friday, with bullpen coach Jamie Navarro acting as his interpreter. “I’m just telling myself to be careful and cautious.’’
• Felix Hernandez threw on flat ground Friday and felt fine afterward. The plan is now for Hernandez to throw a bullpen session Monday in Detroit and possibly start Wednesday against the Tigers if everything goes well.
• Kyle Seager started his 100th consecutive game at third base Friday night, adding to his club record. The streak is the fifth longest in the majors the past five seasons and second-longest active one.