Aug 15, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT
So I’ve been to all 30 ballparks … and the thing that’s easy to forget is baseball has never had so many gorgeous ballparks. I grew up in the 1970s and early 1980s when ballparks were dumps. There were almost no exceptions.
This is the golden age.
Here is my ranking of all 30 ballparks:
No. 30: O.co Coliseum (Oakland A’s): Not good for football either.
No. 29: Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays): Dark and depressing spot in the middle of sunny Florida.
No. 28: U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox): I want to like it more than I do.
No. 27: Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays): Still fun to watch roof open and close. But Astroturf? In 2014?
No. 26 Turner Field (Atlanta Braves): Nice enough, but antiseptic. Anyway, the Braves are leaving.
No. 25: Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds): Great Hall of Fame.
No. 24: Marlins Park (Miami Marlins): Points for being different, but too gaudy for my tastes.
No. 23 Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks): Swimming pool is most notable feature.
No. 22: Nationals Park (Washington Nationals): Wish it had more Washington character.
No. 21 Globe Life Park in Arlington (Texas Rangers): How many different names can one ballpark have?
No. 20: Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees): Hard to balance old and new; I don’t think they quite got it.
No. 19: Citi Field (New York Mets): Even a romantic like me was ready to lose Shea Stadium.
No. 18 Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros): Fan of Tal’s incline in center – an homage to old Crosley Field.
No. 17: Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels): You often find it at bottom of such lists, but I love everything about it. I’m instantly happy just walking in.
No. 16: Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers): Excellent park but it doesn’t quite stand out in today’s competitive world of ballparks.
[ RELATED: A different opinion on ranking all 30 parks ]
No. 15 Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies): Beautiful ballpark, lots of fun when Phillies were winning.
No. 14 Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers): Really grown on me through the years, thoroughly underrated.
No. 13: Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals): Not overly thrilled with design but it instantly infused with Cardinals passion.
No. 12: Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians): Was a Top 10 ballpark in its heyday, and still is pretty fantastic … but small crowds can be depressing.
No. 11: Coors Field (Colorado Rockies): Beautiful and the baseball there is singular.
No. 10 Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals): A wonderful place to watch baseball and has been since it was built in 1973.
No. 9: Target Field (Minnesota Twins): Love the way it fits snugly into the Minnesota downtown.
No. 8: Petco Park (San Diego Padres): Gorgeous ballpark in San Diego – how could it miss?
No. 7: Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers): Showing some age, but still spectacular.
No. 6: Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners): If the Mariners start winning, this scene could be like San Francisco.
No. 5 Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles): Just a wonderful little ballpark in a wonderful baseball city.
No. 4 Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox): Inconvenient, crumbling, lousy sightlines and magical.
No. 3 PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates): So fantastic, I’m surprised every single time I go.
No, 2 AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants): Like PNC Park with a bay and a full house every night.
No. 1 Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs): Of course.
[ MORE: FIND OUT WHY WRIGLEY FIELD IS NO. 1]
Oct 1, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT
But there’s a tale of bribery involved in all of this too.
Oct 1, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT
Starting pitchers Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole off the Wild Card game roster, which is fairly typical.
Oct 1, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT
Another night, another one-and-done game.
Oct 1, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT
Not a ton of glitzy names here. At least not yet.
Oct 1, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
The A’s went all-in and busted. Now what will Billy Beane do?
Oct 1, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT
Behold, one of the worst “hot takes” you’ll see.
Oct 1, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT
My first take: cautious optimism.
Oct 1, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT
Adam Dunn has no problem with not playing last night. And, apparently, does not plan to play again.
Oct 1, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT
He says it will allow athletes a place to talk with “no filter.” In reality, it’s likely to have way, way more filters than what currently exist.
Oct 1, 2014, 8:29 AM EDT
Bumgarner vs. Volquez is, on paper anyway, something of a mismatch. But as we saw in last night’s game, predicting these things is a fool’s errand.
Oct 1, 2014, 7:36 AM EDT
And Pedro Martinez absolutely roasts Yost for that.
Oct 1, 2014, 2:02 AM EDT
Yost’s controversial call fails to doom Royals after all.
Oct 1, 2014, 1:44 AM EDT
In-game losses left the A’s undermanned in defeat.
Oct 1, 2014, 1:29 AM EDT
In case you missed it, here is the replay of Salvador Perez’s walkoff hit from Tuesday night’s AL Wild Card Game …
Oct 1, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT
You get a bunt and you get a bunt and you get a bunt!
Oct 1, 2014, 1:10 AM EDT
Salvador Perez was held hitless in his first five at-bats of Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, but he smacked a walkoff RBI single down the left-field line in the 12th inning to give the Royals a 9-8 victory over the A’s.
Oct 1, 2014, 12:14 AM EDT
A’s center fielder Coco Crisp was removed from Tuesday night’s American League Wild Card Game before the bottom of the 11th inning with an apparent hamstring injury.
Sep 30, 2014, 11:49 PM EDT
We’ve got a brand new ballgame in Kansas City.
Sep 30, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT
Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will test his injured shoulder in a simulated game Wednesday. He’s hoping to start Game 3 of the NLDS in St. Louis.
Sep 30, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT
Oakland opened the floodgates on the Royals in the sixth inning.
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