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Friday, October 27, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-27-2017

Chicago Eagle, October 27, 1917:

President Comiskey won’t be caught short again in case his White Sox get into another world’s series. He has announced that the gaps in the stands and bleachers at his Chicago park are to be filled, making a continuous line of stands around the field, except where the score board is located, and increasing the seating capacity to 45,000.

Comiskey Park didn’t actually change much until 1927, when they added a second deck to the grandstand.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 27, 2017 at 09:44 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, dugout, history

Thursday, October 19, 2017

TBO: Trop Flop Brings Hillsborough Hunt

The devil is always lost in the details.

But broadening the hunt at this point — 22 months after St. Petersburg allowed the Rays to search for a new home away from Tropicana Field — can only be seen as a step backward for an effort many hoped would have been wrapped up by now.

Hagan once expressed optimism he could announce Tampa’s preferred stadium location at the start of 2017. Now it’s unclear if anything will be formalized by the end of this year.

The window for the Rays search closes in January 2019. Rays spokeswoman Rafaela Amador declined to comment.

[H/T to D-Rays Bay blog]

fra paolo Posted: October 19, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ballpark development, ballparks, rays, stadium deals, stadiums

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Rangers release artists’ renderings of their new ballpark

Good news for BDC, I guess.

Hank G. Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:07 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, rangers

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How Thomas Boswell ranked all 30 MLB ballparks, and grouped them in four tiers

7. New York Yankees. They almost ruined it with the “new” Yankee Stadium. It will never be as good as the old place. In its worst elements, it’s a crass cash factory for the rich. In its best elements, it still feels like its Yankee Stadium, white facade and all. The park doesn’t “play” as well as it once did with far too many cheap home runs to right and right-center field. The Babe would hit 75 homers in this bandbox….

17. Kansas City used to be in my top 10 easily. Then they screwed the place up by destroying most of their outfield water features and chopping up the beautiful sweep of outfield architecture. It’s is by far the most damage that I have ever seen done to a wonderful sports facility by people who, I am sure, had the best intentions. I’ve tried through an All-Star Game and two World Series to make my peace with the place. I can’t. I want to scream, “All that this place had going for it, out here in West Nowhere, was gorgeous design and the water fountains at night — but that was enough!”....

19. New York Mets. Nice rotunda. An ex-Mets manager, who still loves the Mets, said it all after he saw the new digs for the first time: “Could they possibly crap it up any more with all that signage everywhere? It hurts your eyes to look at the darn place. But, yeah, it’s real nice park, otherwise. And it sure beats the heck out of that [dump] Shea.” The street of crummy auto chop shops 30 yards from the park is a touch. Oh, and the jets still scream over it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2017 at 12:02 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, thomas boswell

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How many MLB parks have you visited? - Washington Post

The number of current parks I’ve visited is shrinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks

 

 

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