The keen observer of all things ballpark visits Wrigley Field, and he’s not pleased with the renovations happening there.
Here’s our year-end summary of the biggest ballpark-related stories of 2014. Our annual “tale of the tape” compares a park that hasn’t seen post-season baseball since 1985, and the other is hosting the Fall Classic for the third time in the past five years.
For years, I’ve written articles that have appeared in the .
Since there were no new complexes for 2018, I wanted something different to write about.
I asked data-mining firm Review Trackers to conduct research on online comments about the parks used for exhibition games.
Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota was found to be the most-liked.Check out these articles on the state of today’s baseball facilities, including sneak peeks at upcoming parks, comparisons of World Series parks, and our ever-popular recap of the year in ballpark news.The list is in reverse chronological order, with the newest pieces at the top.Here I give you a behind-the-scenes look at the uplifting event A look around the home of the Rangers on July 30, 2017, the day Adrian Beltre had his 3,000th hit A shorter version of this article appeared in USA TODAY Sports Weekly.Here is the unabridged version, with even more reasons Salt River changed spring training forever.I collected a lot more info on that park than would fit in the article, so I created a set of pages here to relay that additional content to our readers.Part 1 Interview with Orioles Executive Vice President John Angelos Part 2 Interview with urban-planner and baseball architect Janet Marie Smith Part 3 Comments from Orioles manager Buck Showalter, architect David Schwarz and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer Part 4 The text of the article I submitted to USA TODAY Sports Weekly Here’s my article for the 2018 on the ten parks in Arizona.There were hits (Fort Bragg, Columbia) and there were misses (Hartford), but it was a fascinating year in the ballpark world!Here’s our annual side-by-side comparison of the two parks in the 2016 Fall Classic.The Milwaukee Brewers, City of Phoenix and the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority invested over million in new spring training facilities. We were given an exclusive tour of the construction site that will be the home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles starting in April 2019.Two of the three oldest parks in the Majors are the host sites of the 2018 Fall Classic.