A major-league deal: A’s roll out $19.99 monthly ballpark pass

This ought to get fannies in the seats.

On Thursday the A’s announced a new program beginning in June in which the team will sell monthly ballpark passes for $19.99, only $4.99 more than the lowest price tickets selling on the team’s official ticketing site.

A little back of the envelope math: Using June as an example, the A’s play 15 home games, including series against the best teams in the AL and NL, the Yankees and Nationals, respectively. Fifteen games for $19.99 comes to $1.33 per game.

Not. Bad.

The A’s (16-18) are averaging 16,159 fans per game, second worst in the majors, and they recently removed the tarp from third deck, which has remained largely empty.

The details: Passes, available only through MLB’s Ballpark app, include a seat for every game except in the (very long-shot) event of a sellout and includes access to the Oakland Coliseum’s Shibe Park Tavern and food trucks.

The early response has been overwhelmingly positive, the San Francisco Chronicle noted, even internally.

The cost to Washington shouldn’t be too high, but — and there’s a pretty big but here — given that Chicago held up general manager Mike Rizzo and the Nats like a convenience store in a bad neighborhood for Eaton, it might not get a fair deal for a player who was largely ineffective in a key role. Would the Chicago front office feed off Rizzo’s desperation?

The safest bet Washington could make at this point is to NBA Cheap Jerseys China consider in-house options to close games. Both Shawn Kelley and Blake Treinen are closer candidates. Treinen’s stuff certainly plays better than Robertson’s.

For Washington to make a run at a playoff spot this year, it probably can’t afford to stumble out of the gate. Having a bona fide closer on opening day would probably be in its best interest.

But Robertson might not be worth taking a gamble on, either, even with options running out.

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