[ed – Notice: Deadline for coupon use and 2-year subscriptions has been extended to October 2, 2017]
Back in 2003, the highest-paid player in baseball was Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, at $22 million. This year, 24 players are making at least as much as Rodriguez did in 2003, led by Clayton Kershaw at $33 million. Back in 2003, the average MLB team payroll was $70 million, with only the Yankees above $120 million and 14 teams under $60 million. This year, the average MLB team payroll is $150 million, no team is under $80 million, and the “small-payroll” Royals out-spend the 2003 Yankees. Even the MLB minimum salary has risen from $300,000 in 2003 to $535,000 today, an increase of 78 percent.
It won’t stir up quite as much excitement (or potential for insult) as the “Guess Your Weight” game at state fairs and amusement parks, but if you step right up! we can guess the exact dollar amount you first paid for a subscription to Baseball Prospectus. The answer is $39.95. We know that because our subscription price has not changed since at least 2003 (and possibly ever). We’ve decided to raise BP’s subscription price for the first time. Just a little bit, from $39.95 to $45.95, with a similar increase to our super-premium subscription package.
We’re confident that the new price remains a fantastic value. In the past year, we’ve published more than 2,300 articles, half of which are available only to subscribers, and we’ve expanded our statistical offerings with state-of-the-art additions like Framing Runs, Pitch Tunnels, Called Strike Probability, and Deserved Run Average. Slightly raising the price provides the resources to make BP even better. At the same time, we know that change can be difficult, so from now until the end of the regular season (October 1) you can subscribe or extend your existing subscription at the old price, for up to two additional years.
Call it a hometown discount.
For a detailed description of everything that BP subscribers have access to, please visit our subscription page.
Once there, there are two ways to subscribe or extend your subscription at the old rate:
1. Choose your preferred subscription package. At the checkout, use the coupon code "OLDPRICE" to receive the discounted, old price for a 12-month premium subscription or "SUPERPRICE" to receive the discounted, old price for a 12-month super-premium subscription.
2. To avoid paying the new price for as long as possible, you can select "two-year premium subscription or extension" to receive the discounted, old price for 24 months, with no coupon code necessary.
Thank you for supporting Baseball Prospectus, whether you’ve been around since 2003 or decided to subscribe for the first time today, and thank you for motivating us to improve, evolve, and grow. Please know that we’re working hard to make sure BP remains a site you can be proud of reading.
[ed – here's how you extend for 2 years:]
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