Stadium parking rates set at $35 per car

Throughout the last few years, I’ve followed the Yankee Stadium parking problems fairly closely. It fits in quite nicely with my urban planning hobby, and it also highlights the institutional problems with urban development planning in New York City. Essentially, the city added over 2500 parking spots in the South Bronx as the Yankees decreased stadium attendance and Metro-North opened a new station to serve the stadium. When the city’s Economic Development Corporation picked a company with a history of defaulting on its bond payments, well, nothing good could come of it.

As early as September, we first heard that Bronx Parking was in trouble. Their revenue stream fell far short of projections, and the company was, as recently as mid-March, in danger of defaulting on its bond payments. We had already reported in October that parking prices would increase 50 percent for 2011 with more rate hikes on the way.

Today, just a few short hours away from Opening Day and as fans from all over prepare to drive to the stadium, we know that parking prices at the Yankee Stadium lots will be $35 per car this year. That total could increase to $42 in 2013 and to $55 by 2015, Bloomberg News reported.

As the parking new percolates throughout those who rely on the garages for safe storage of their automobiles during the season, the good news for Bronx Parking and its bond holders is that the company will not default on its payment due tomorrow. For now, it can still dip into its reserve fund to meet its obligations. Still, Bronx Parking is changing the management of the garages, filing more detailed expense and revenue reports and working to improve signage along the Major Deegan to draw in more paying customers. As Juan Gonzalez of The Daily News noted, the city doesn’t expect to receive the $17 million in back rent any time soon.

For years, this parking issue has been on the minds of South Bronx residents and politicians. Those who do own cars — a small percentage of the area’s permanent residents are car-owning households — already bemoan the state of parking on game days. The city bars parking in a 10-block radius around the stadium, and while the Community Board is hoping to develop a residential parking permit plan, for now, residents must constantly move their cars during the season. It is far too expensive to park long term in the stadium lots.

Beyond those concerns though, most South Bronx residents wanted parks, not parking lots. They knew the stadium parking supply would far exceed demand and repeatedly asked the city to scale back its parking plans. Some folks think Bronx Parking should ask the Yankees to attempt to sell the spots, but with so many transit options, the number of spots is simply egregious. It was a bad planning decision five years ago, and one with which the city must live for the foreseeable future.

Pimping the RAB Tickets/TiqIQ partnership

TiqIQ presents the average Opening Day ticket prices on the secondary market. Click to enlarge.

As Opening Day dawns, I’d like to take a moment of your time to talk about RAB Tickets, our secondary ticket market partnership with start-up TiqIQ. Every year, hundreds of thousands of fans find their ways to sports events via the secondary market. For non-season ticket holders, it’s too hard to get seats on a single-game basis, and day-of sales are nearly nonexistent these days. Thus, sites such as StubHub, eBay and TicketsNow have become a popular destination for ticket purchases.

Last year, we entered into a partnership with TiqIQ. The company has developed a platform that aggregates ticket listings across all major secondary markets and presents the options in an easy-to-use display that shows seat location and ticket prices. Every time someone purchases a ticket using our co-branded site at, we earn a small commission. TiqIQ can hook you up with tickets while you support your favorite Yankees site. (You can also find Rangers and Knicks tickets on the new landing page. We’re hoping to expand that to all NYC-area sports team.)

Over the course of the season, we’ll use some space on site to promote our partnership. TiqIQ supplies us with pricing graphics — such as the one at right — that shows how Yankee ticket prices are trending. Secondary ticket prices for Opening Day, for instance, have declined precipitously over the past few days as the weather forecast has worsened. If you’re buying tickets this week or next month, keep us mind. You can also find RAB Tickets right here on Facebook. Give the page a “like,” and be ready for contests and special announcements throughout the season.

For Opening Day, navigate to this page where as of this writing there are 3687 tickets for sale. The cheapest are some obstructed-view bleacher seats for $18 each, but there are plenty of decent seats left for under $30 a pop. And there you have it.

Open Thread: Mo … and everyone else

That’s tough to see, so I highly recommend clicking on the image to open a larger view. It shows the number of closers that each team has used during the Mariano Rivera era, which spans from 1997 to present (so 13 full seasons going on 14). Only two other clubs have used fewer than five closers in that time, and that’s the Angels (Troy Percival, Francisco Rodriguez, Brian Fuentes) and Padres (Trevor Hoffman, Rod Beck the year Hoffman was hurt, and Heath Bell) with three. The Cubs have managed to use eleven closers in the last 13 years, with the only repeater being Ryan Dempster. As if you needed more proof, Mo is awesome. (h/t Gleeman)

Once you’re done marveling at that, use this as your open thread. The Red Sox and Astros still have a Grapefruit League game to play tonight (on MLB Network), though all five hockey and basketball locals are in action as well, some against each other. Oh, and CC Sabathia will be on Letterman tonight, I mean it this time. Have at it.

Roster Updates: Feliciano, Molina, Ayala, Garcia, Colon

Via Marc Carig, Pedro Feliciano has been diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain, which is a whole lot worse than the sore triceps he reportedly had a week or three ago. No idea if this will change his return date or anything, but obviously it’s bad news. Good thing Feliciano is different than everyone else and has proven himself to be a workhorse. Grumble grumble.

In other news, both Gustavo Molina and Luis Ayala have been added to the 25-man roster while Romulo Sanchez is officially out the door and on the way to Japan. I count 41 players on the 40-man roster right now, and that doesn’t include Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. Damaso Marte will open up a spot when he’s placed on the 60-day DL, and I suppose Colin Curtis’ shoulder injury is serious enough that he could as well. Still, that leaves one spot that has to be cleared, so another move is coming.

Update: Brian Heyman says Marte, Curtis, and Reegie Corona were all placed on the 60-day DL, so everyone’s on the 40-man now.

Granderson will be in lineup tomorrow

Via Andrew Marchand, Curtis Granderson will be in the starting lineup for Opening Day tomorrow. The center fielder had been battling an oblique issue, but he came through yesterday’s and today’s workouts in Tampa just fine and will play Thursday. I like Chris Dickerson, but yeah, I want the Grandyman in there, so this is great news.

Joe Girardi has already announced that Brett Gardner will leadoff tomorrow, and the rest of the lineup will look pretty standard: Derek Jeter bats second, and will be followed by Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robbie Cano, Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada, Grandy, and Russell Martin. Just hope the rain goes away.

The RAB Radio Show: March 30, 2011

It’s time for predictions. Mike and I run down the six divisions and make our picks. And what predictions show is complete without the major awards? We run down all of our picks for the 2011 season.

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The Preemptive Airing Of Grievances

The most athletic thing Bartolo did all month. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A new season is upon us, and it will surely bring exciting moments as well heartbreak. We just have to hope to have a healthy number of the former and just a few of the latter. Heartbreaking moments are inevitable over the course of a 162-game season, and they aren’t an indication of some kind of fatal flaw in the team. Sometimes things just don’t break right, that’s baseball, and we move on.

Thanks to the internet, we all have a way to covey our idiotic knee-jerk reactions to the masses at the click of a mouse or the enter button on your phone. We’re all guilty of it. We feel better, but that’s pretty much all it does. That’s what this thread is for, to preemptively complain about the inevitable. Get it out of your system now and you’ll feel better later. Here’s a nice long list of unfortunate things that are sure to happen at some point (more than likely multiple times) in 2011, but if you have anything to add, stick it in the comments.

  • Derek Jeter will ground out weakly on the first pitch.
  • Brett Gardner will take a fastball right down the middle for strike three.
  • Mark Teixeira will swing over top of a changeup.
  • Curtis Granderson will strike out against the lefty.
  • Robbie Cano will swing at a pitch a foot over his head.
  • Gardner will reach base and not attempt to steal in a timely fashion.
  • Gardner will reach base and not attempt to steal. Period.
  • Nick Swisher will strike out three times in one game.
  • Alex Rodriguez won’t hit that game-winning homer.
  • Jesus Montero will make an out, probably in his first ever big league at-bat.
  • Mariano Rivera will blow a save. Might even be a walk-off loss.
  • Rafael Soriano will blow a save.
  • Soriano will blow a lead in the eighth.
  • Joba Chamberlain will blow a lead in the seventh.
  • Joba will blow a lead in the seventh, the Yankees will regain the lead the next inning, and then Soriano will blow it in the eighth.
  • The Yankees will strand a runner at third.
  • The Yankees will load the bases with no outs and fail to score a run.
  • Phil Hughes will give up a homerun.
  • A.J. Burnett will give up four runs in an inning.
  • Freddy Garcia will suck. In general.
  • Ivan Nova will stop looking like Cy Young once the lineup turns over.
  • CC Sabathia will fail to throw at least eight innings in a start.
  • CC will lose a game. Two in a row, in fact.
  • Some non-prospect will get called up and shut the Yankees down in his first start. Presumably left-handed.
  • Some team will steal Russell Martin blind.
  • Evan Longoria will make A-Rod look old.
  • Elvis Andrus will make Jeter look really old.
  • Andrus will get another friggin’ infield hit.
  • Adrian Gonzalez will take a Yankees’ pitcher deep.
  • Kyle Farnsworth will save a game. Against the Yankees, in the Bronx.
  • Tex will slump in April.
  • Pedro Feliciano won’t get that one lefty he was brought in to face out.
  • Someone on the staff will walk in a run. My money’s on David Robertson.
  • Bartolo Colon will pitch well out of the bullpen, then suck in the rotation.
  • One of the Killer B’s will get called up and not be awesome right away.
  • Andruw Jones‘ long swing will make him look like the worst player ever for a stretch of time.
  • Joe Girardi will make a weird pitching change.
  • Frankie Cervelli will start entirely too many games once he’s healthy.
  • Some Triple-A reliever won’t get called up when we all know he totally should have.
  • Some Triple-A reliever will get called when he should have, then he’ll suck.
  • Greg Golson won’t throw out every runner who tried to take an extra base.
  • Jose Bautista will hit a homer against the Yankees.
  • Some guy you never heard of will hit his first career homer against the Yankees.
  • Old Timer’s Day festivities will last entirely too long.
  • The Legends seats will be empty for a game.
  • A-Rod will wear those funny white cleats during the All-Star Game.
  • Some Yankee will get snubbed for the All-Star Game.
  • That guy the Yankees should have signed will pitch well against them.
  • Manny Ramirez is going to remind us of the old days, at least once.
  • Granderson will take a weird route on a ball hit in front of him.
  • Swish will make a boneheaded play in the outfield.
  • Swish will make a boneheaded play on the bases and get tagged out.
  • The Yankees won’t double steal with Gardner and Eduardo Nunez on base.
  • Girardi will call for a sac bunt.
  • Swisher will attempt to bunt.
  • Cano will square around to bunt.
  • Jeter won’t bunt when he should, then he’ll ground into a double play.
  • The Yankees won’t draft the guy Baseball America says they should have.
  • The Yankees won’t give that international free agent $4M.
  • Kevin Millwood will get a chance before your favorite pitching prospect.
  • Some pitcher the Yankees should acquire will get traded, just not to New York.
  • Ian Kennedy will throw a great game on the same day the Yankees’ fifth starter gets rocked.
  • Damaso Marte ain’t ever comin’ back.
  • Kei Igawa will still show up in DotF.

So that’s all I got. Like I said, add anything I missed in the comments.