Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Ours Go to 11: Volume 13, My Favorite Current Major League Baseball Stadiums

As in years past, my friend Dave is on a baseball tour group excursion that will take him to games in numerous cities and stadiums over the course of a week.

In seeing the Washington Nationals host the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park in DC on Friday, he will complete the Ballpark Slam, having attended a game at every current major league park (over the course of several years, as opposed to the even rarer Ballpark Season Slam).

And he will beat me to it, as I have been to every extant ballpark except Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida.

So in Dave's honor--and perhaps providing fodder to banter about with his tour mates--I have drafted this list of my favorite stadiums.

From all that I've read, heard and seen, the Trop dome is unlikely to supplant any of those here, when I do get there. And as the full field of fields will reset next year with the Atlanta Braves moving to the new SunTrust Park, I still have hopes of beating Dave to the Ballpark Slam, anew.

My Favorite Current Ballparks 

The following is far from based on a perfectly-even playing field, as I've been to Wrigley Field hundreds of times, U.S Cellular Field (home of the Chicago White Sox) dozens, Miller Park, Dodger Stadium and Comerica Park a good handful or two and most of the rest just once or twice. I haven't been to Fenway since 2000 and know it has undergone substantial renovations, and sole visits to several of the other stadiums also go back a decade or more. My recollections could certainly be foggy, but this is what I tend to think in terms of those I like best, based on an unscientific combination of architecture, amenities, sightlines, concessions, coolness and sentimentality.

1. Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs
2. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants
3. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
5. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
6. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox
7. Yankee Stadium, New York
8. Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers
9. Coors Field, Colorado Rockies (Denver)
10. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals
11. Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers

And a few more

Citi Field, New York Mets
Nationals Park, Washington
Safco Field, Seattle Mariners
Petco Park, San Diego Padres
Target Field, Minnesota Twins (Minneapolis)

The other current parks

Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox
Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals 
Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Reds
Marlins Park, Miami
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies
Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks (Phoenix)
Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians
Globe Life Park, Texas Rangers (Arlington)
Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland A's
Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays (St. Petersburg)

Previous parks at which I attended games

Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox
Milwaukee County Stadium, Brewers
Tiger Stadium, Detroit
Old Yankee Stadium, New York
Shea Stadium, New York Mets
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota Twins (Minneapolis)
Olympic Stadium, Montreal Expos
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego Padres
Candlestick Park, San Francisco Giants
Old Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals
Cinergy Field/Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati Reds

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