For the purpose of this book, I comprised a ranking of all 30 current Major League ballparks based on a number of columns, from Stadium Experience, to food, to tickets, to parking and accessibility, staffing, affordability and value. I came up with these ideas by polling 10 Ballpark Chasers that had been to all 30 current ballparks-and the polling came back with this ranking scheme. It was not my initial intention to post these in the book- but felt the merit of the book would have suffered if I did not share these results. Ballparkchasers.com has nothing to do with these rankings as they provide the write-ups and guides on how to experience each ballpark with no bias whatsoever given to any given any specific ballpark. It is ballparkchasers.com opinion that everyone should experience each park for themselves and make their own decisions of rankings later. Check out this blog for other Ballpark Chasers opinions on the best ballparks in baseball.
The ballparks are put in the chaser section based on the rankings I have come up with-along with counting all the votes from other Ballpark Chasers. Here are the top 30 ballparks: they will appear in order as they stand here in the section that you are reading below. These are not my rankings solely-my rankins are already up in a blog Craig reposted a month ago here. Really these rankings reflect a good job as they came up similar to a park rankings scheme that FORBES came up with.
My book (co-written by Ken Lee and Craig) will have Chaser Guides -similar to the ones in this website but with 3 new columns. A heavy look at transportation with each cities Airport and car rental prices, Park Intangibles-which cover traditions that are something each park has something unique to separate from the next.
The book covers my streak attempts of 2008 in which I visited 41 parks in 41 days-and 2009 in which I saw all 30 ballparks in just 24 calendar days. The book describes the physical appearance of each 30 ballparks as I had seen them then-plus what I did with traveling to each park.
Finally there is a big section that has fellow ballpark chasers-Roger Ratzenberger-30 ballparks and a baby-Dutch Van Duzee-Meg-Minard-Bob Devries-Josh Robbins-Craig-Ken Lee and myself as featured chaser profiles on their specific baseball journeys.
The book has links for all hotels/car rentals/airlines/tickets/MLB teams and a great number of tips to visit each stadium.
There is even a rundown on the money I spent on each journey with a budget breakdown-yikes!! Although the average $ spent for a road game should equal $250-$300 per game-which includes everything.
The book should be ready for mid-April to May-and will be available in paperback (www.authorhouse.com) or-via E-book. E-book is going to be a nice option because the links will be readily available for instant viewing online. Thanks to Ken Lee and Craig for helping me get it done this winter. The book is called, 'The Fastest 30 Ballgames-A Ballpark Chasers World Record Story'.
Good Chasing to you guys and hit me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions/comments.
BALLPARK RANKINGS 1-30
1. AT&T PARK-SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2. FENWAY PARK-BOSTON, MA
3. WRIGLEY FIELD-CHICAGO, IL
4. PNC PARK-PITTSBURGH, PA
5. COMERICA PARK-DETROIT, MI
6. SAFECO FIELD-SEATTLE, WA
7. BUSCH STADIUM-ST. LOUIS, MO
8. CITI FIELD-FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY
9. COORS FIELD-DENVER, CO
10. NEW YANKEE STADIUM-THE BRONX, NY
11. MILLER PARK-MILWAUKEE, WI
12. ORIOLE PARK AT CAMDEN YARDS-BALTIMORE, MD
13. CITIZENS BANK BALLPARK-PHILADELPHIA, PA
14. TARGET FIELD-MINNEAPOLIS, MN
15. THE BALLPARK IN ARLINGTON-ARLINGTON, TX
16. DODGER STADIUM-LOS ANGELES, CA
17. MINUTE MAID PARK-HOUSTON, TX
18. GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK-CINCINNATI, OH
19. US CELLULAR FIELD-CHICAGO, IL
20. PETCO PARK-SAN DIEGO, CA
21. NATIONALS PARK-WASHINGTON, D.C
22. TURNER FIELD-ATLANTA, GA
23. CHASE FIELD-PHOENIX, AZ
24. PROGRESSIVE FIELD-CLEVELAND, OH
25. ANGELS STADIUM-LOS ANGELES, CA
26. ROGERS CENTER-TORONTO, ONT, CA
27. KAUFFMAN STADIUM-KANSAS CITY, MO
28. TROPICANA FIELD-TAMPA BAY, FLA
29. SUN LIFE STADIUM-MIAMI, FLA
30. MCAFEE COLISEUM-OAKLAND. CA