At the new Yankee Stadium, the best seats in the house have turned out to be the emptiest.
The most expensive spots in America’s costliest ballpark have become an embarrassment packing a financial sting to the proud New York Yankees, as the Legends Suite section in the infield has been filled only once in the six games since the $1.5 billion stadium opened last week.
On most days, the seats that cost $500-$2,500 as part of season tickets and go up to $2,625 for individual games haven’t been close to full.
“We’re done talking about seats,” Yankees president Randy Levine said Wednesday. “We’re not talking about seats.”
Clubs lose value
One-third of Major League Baseball teams declined in value over the past year while the Yankees’ worth increased 15 percent to $1.5 billion, according to estimates by Forbes magazine.
The Washington Nationals took the biggest hit during the recession, down 12 percent to $406 million. The Atlanta Braves dropped 10 percent and the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners each were off 9 percent. The decline by 10 teams was the most since 2004.
Clearing the bases
Baltimore right-hander Alfredo Simon will undergo season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery, a disappointing blow for both the pitcher and a team with a thin starting rotation. … The Texas Rangers have put right-hander Kris Benson on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis. … Umpire Kerwin Danley was out of a Toronto hospital a day after being hit in the head by a broken bat, and will be examined by Major League Baseball before he returns to the field. Danley left the field on a stretcher in the sixth inning Tuesday night after being struck by the barrel of Hank Blalock’s bat.
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