At least one major media outlet does this every summer, but it’s always fun. Today it’s the Sporting News’ turn. They break up 1 (Fenway), 2 (PNC), 3 (Wrigley), 4 (Camden Yards); and 5 (AT&T) into separate pages and then lump 6-30 together. There isn’t a lot of analysis here — I think some editor just decided that lists were good things because dorks like me link to them — but there are worse ways to spend the doldrums of your afternoon.
Comments? Apart from the unfortunate use of Nyjer Morgan to pose for a picture in and extol the virtues of PNC Park (“I walk to PNC Park every day . . .It’s definitely great playing for a club that has had so many great players in the past . . . How can that not inspire a player?”) there is little to take issue with here. Given the sameness of most of the newer parks, most of the distinctions to be made are minor ones. I mean sure, you could spend five hours arguing how there is no WAY that the Ballpark at Arlington should be ranked seven slots behind Progressive Field in Cleveland, but there are probably 329 better things you could do with that time. All of these newish parks pretty much have some bricks, some faux-timey flourishes and a lot of convenience, but with a couple of exceptions, they’re all the same. And even those exceptions — San Francisco and Pittsburgh — are more functions of setting than the parks themselves.
The only real beef I have here is that I think Dodger Stadium is ranked too low at number nine.