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A dozen delightful diamonds

Marvin Olasky's America

Here's my highly, highly subjective list of the top dozen major league ballparks. I haven't been to five ballparks---the new homes of the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, and Detroit Tigers---that are said to be excellent. The parks for the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and even the New York Yankees all get honorable mentions.

  1. Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
  2. Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)
  3. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)
  4. Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)
  5. Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds)
  6. Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals)
  7. Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners)
  8. Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)
  9. Rangers Ballpark at Arlington (Texas Rangers)
  10. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
  11. Bank One Ballpark (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  12. Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)

My list of bad ballparks is down to three, as the baseball/football combo stadiums of the 1960s and '70s and the domes are mercifully retired. Worst:

  1. Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)
  2. Sun Life Stadium (Florida Marlins)
  3. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland A's)

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Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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