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.
Tickets for the sold-out All Star Game
Target Field will be a great host for the MLB All Star Game. Wouldn't it be great to go? Yes, the game is sold out, but if you want to attend the Mid-Season Classic, go through Prime Seat Tickets. They offer the best selection of seats on the secondary market.
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'll be visiting the only one of those 203 that I've 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
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. One would assume 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.