Two of the best teams in the American League in 2011 as well as AL East rivals, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, announced today their respective tickets prices for the 2012 season.  In both scenarios, fans will be happy to learn that tickets prices will remain the same or decrease from the 2011 season.

The Red Sox stated that their 2012 tickets will be offered at the same prices as the 2011 season.  The last time that the franchise froze ticket prices was from the 2008 to 2009 seasons.  John Henry, the principal owner of the Red Sox, said “The decision to hold ticket prices next season is just one of many ways we hope to show our gratitude to Red Sox Nation in 2012 for the unfailing support they have shown at the ballpark, and for their faith in the Red Sox.”

With the disappointing end to the 2011 season for the Red Sox, it would have been a hard pill for the fans to swallow if ticket prices were in fact raised.  The tickets go on sale to the general public on December 10th.

In Tampa Bay, the Rays released a statement today that told their fans that 90% percent of tickets will either be at the same price or lower in 2012 than those of tickets in 2011.  Even with reaching the postseason for the third time in the past four years, the Rays still had their lowest attendance since 2007, when the franchise had the worst record in baseball.

The Rays did not announce when individual game tickets will go on sale to the general public. For the best deals on Tampa Bay Rays tickets during the 2012 season, check out SeatGeek for all the details on MLB tickets.