New on the site
It took quite a bit of time to prepare, but it's up now: our in-depth review of Southwest University Park in El Paso ... The new ballpark in Charlotte is stunning, so read all about it in our in-depth review ... I've completely updated our Minor League Ballpark Changes page, with news about new and proposed parks.
I visited two parks this week that were built in the same era. One is 65 years old and is covered in rust and has a poor playing surface. The other is 75 years old and is spectacularly maintained, including a roof that is still made of wood like from an era gone by. The latter is Phil Welch Stadium (left) in St. Joseph, Missouri, and it has a fascinating history. Both represent a dying breed.
If you avoid double counting, there are 203 ballparks currently in use in the Majors (30), spring training (24) and affiliated Minors (149 when you don't count Florida State League parks also used for spring training). On July 12th, I visited the only one of those 203 that I'd never seen: Grand Junction, CO. Writer Kurt Smith recently interviewed me for a story about it. You can read it for yourself.
Big League ballpark notes
In time for the All Star Game at Target Field: self-service beer dispensing machines ... Sports Illustrated examines Monument Park in Yankee Stadium ... Apparently, the A's have agreed to a lease extension to remain in O.co Coliseum through 2025. Apparently, there is an out clause should the team get a badly needed new ballpark prior to then ... Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Rangers make sure the concession items are super-sized, too. New additions include a two-foot-long skewer called Kaboom Kabob and the Tanaco, a 24-inch long hard-shell taco ... The Rangers were also the first MLB team to host a Fields of Fashion event designed to appeal to women ... The latest statue at Target Field isn't a retired Twins player. No, it's the team's mascot ... Cobb County, GA and the Braves have completed the final step in ensuring that a new ballpark will be built there.
Now in stock: Edition 3 of the Touring The Majors® poster displaying all 30 MLB parks.