Bang for your buck: Indians, Reds among best values in MLB

Taking the family out to the ballgame might be a lot more affordable than you thought.

Frank Victores

With so many different options of where to spend your entertainment dollars these days, taking in a Major League baseball game might not always be the most budget-friendly activity.

Unless you live in Ohio.

According to the 2014 Team Marketing Report Fan Cost Index, the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds are two of the best values in all of baseball.

The Fan Cost Index (FCI) is created by combining four non-premium season tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs or scorecards, and two adult-size hats.

According to the website’s research, the average price to take a family of four to a game is $212.46 — a 2.3 percent increase from 2013.

The Indians, with a FCI around $163, and the Reds, with a FCI around $168, are among the top four teams in all of Major League Baseball. Only the Padres ($153) and Diamondbacks ($127) were more affordable.

The report shows that of the teams with the top 10 FCIs in 2014, only three — Boston, St, Louis and Detroit — made the playoffs last season. Compare that to the bottom 10, where five teams — Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland — made the postseason.

As pointed out by Scott Sargent of Waiting For Next Year, the Indians were "among the league’s worst in attendance in 2013, with many fans pointing to dynamic ticketing policies as a point of contention."