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Best and Worst Features of Each Major League Ballpark, with Rankings

Posted On: April 1, 2021 | Categorized In: Article

Best and Worst Features of Each Major League Ballpark, with Rankings   By: Cole ShoemakerApril 1, 2021   Many have lamented the demise of everyday social interactions during Covid—the handshakes, the hugs, the impromptu chats with neighbors—but I mostly just miss the crowds.   Particularly when cheering at a live event, that celebratory collective effervescence [...]

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Best and Worst Feature of Each Spring Training Ballpark

Posted On: March 5, 2021 | Categorized In: Article

Best and Worst Feature of Each Spring Training Ballpark By: Cole ShoemakerMarch 5, 2021   Note: For obvious reasons, 2021 spring training will be unlike any year before.  This piece might be of interest to those select spring training fanatics particularly excited to finally return to the ballpark after a year out of action, but [...]

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Best Foodie Ballparks: The Definitive Guide and Ranking of All 30 MLB Stadiums by Food

Posted On: August 24, 2020 | Categorized In: Article

Best Foodie Ballparks: The Definitive Guide and Ranking of All 30 MLB Stadiums by Food By: Cole ShoemakerAugust 24, 2020   For all that I relished about annually revisiting baseball’s cathedrals, namely meeting new fans and discovering ballpark changes, I truly miss the joy of having a high-quality snack at a ballgame.   It’s no [...]

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Ballpark Trends of the 2010s: A Decade in Review

Posted On: December 31, 2019 | Categorized In: Article

 Ballpark Trends of the 2010s: A Decade in Review   By: Cole Shoemaker 12/30/19   Huge structural changes in Major League Baseball are often synonymous with each passing decade in the minds of generations of baseball fans.   The breaking of the color barrier is associated with the 1940s, relocation and expansion captures the 50s […]

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Ballpark Architecture: Ranking all 30 MLB Stadiums, based on Exterior Architecture

Posted On: August 8, 2019 | Categorized In: Article

Ballpark Architecture:  Ranking all 30 MLB Stadiums, based on Exterior Architecture   By: Cole Shoemaker 8/8/19   In a national landscape of highly acclaimed ballparks with well-positioned skyline panoramas, captivating water views, and sweeping mountain vistas, so much of our attention is devoted to the interior aesthetics of America’s great baseball cathedrals.   Grand aesthetic […]

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Ballpark Preview: Braves New Spring Training Complex, CoolToday Park

Posted On: March 11, 2019 | Categorized In: Article

Ballpark Preview: Braves New Spring Training Complex, CoolToday Park And a Word on the Demise of Champion Stadium at Disney World   By: Cole Shoemaker 3/14/19   When the Braves christen CoolToday Park on March 24th before moving in full time for 2020, it will mark the end of what was supposed to be the most […]

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In Defense of my Comerica Park Ranking: Why I Think the Park is Underrated

Posted On: September 14, 2018 | Categorized In: Article

In Defense of my Comerica Park Ranking: Why I Think the Park is Underrated By: Cole Shoemaker Published August 21, 2018 I felt compelled to write this addendum to my feature ranking and rating the MLB ballparks (part 1, part 2) because Detroit’s Comerica Park is the one park where my assessment significantly deviates from […]

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2018 Major League Ballpark Changes

Posted On: June 4, 2018 | Categorized In: Article

In a long overdue effort to provide up-to-date content not specific to one ballpark review, I will be writing more blog style articles in 2018 consisting of news, features, rankings, comparisons, special profiles, and more.  I’ve realized long 10-15,000 word in-depth reviews simply aren’t optimal for dispensing, consuming, and sharing information in today’s social media […]

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Most Family-Friendly Spring Training Ballparks

Posted On: March 24, 2018 | Categorized In: Article

In a long overdue effort to provide up-to-date content not specific to one ballpark review, I will be writing more blog style articles in 2018 consisting of news, features, rankings, comparisons, special profiles, and more.  I’ve realized long 10-15,000 word in-depth reviews simply aren’t optimal for dispensing, consuming, and sharing information in today’s social media […]

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Comparing Florida and Arizona Spring Training Ballparks

Posted On: March 22, 2018 | Categorized In: Article

In a long overdue effort to provide up-to-date content not specific to one ballpark review, I will be writing more blog style articles in 2018 consisting of news, features, rankings, comparisons, special profiles, and more.  I’ve realized long 10-15,000 word in-depth reviews simply aren’t optimal for dispensing, consuming, and sharing information in today’s social media […]

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