Ballparks around the world: Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to one of those little gems that you will only find in the USA: Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to the legend, Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball and played the first game at the …

Today in baseball: Ballpark openings

Today 107 and 106 years ago there were some ballpark christenings. In 1912 Fenway Park opened its doors. A year later another iconic ballpark would be opened: Ebbets Field. Even though the first MLB game at Fenway Park was played on April 20, the first game ever was played on April 9, 1912. The Red …

Ballparks around the World: Stade Canac, Québec

It has been a while but in this episode of Ballparks around the World we pay attention to the home of the Québec Capitales (independent CanAm League), Stade Municipal in Québec, North America's only walled city. In 1937, Canada suffered from the great depression, just as most other countries of the world. Prime Minister of …

Ballparks around the World: Pim Mulier Stadium

In this episode of Ballparks around the World, we pay attention to the oldest baseball stadium in the Netherlands: the Pim Mulier Stadium. After the city of Haarlem organized the first baseball week in 1961, it was clear that a bigger venture was needed. So the city of Haarlem started to make plans for a …

Ballparks around the world: Dennis Martinez stadium

With the help of a Taiwanese investment, Nicaragua was able to build a new, state of the art stadium in its capital Managua. The new stadium, called Dennis Martinez stadium, will replace the old stadium which was also called Dennis Martinez stadium and which was named after Nicaragua's favorite son and former MLB pitcher Dennis …

Ballparks around the world: Venezuela builds largest ballpark in South America

Despite the deplorable state, its economy is in, Venezuela is constructing a 37,000 seat baseball stadium in its capital Caracas. According to the Minister of Public Works, Cesar Salazar Coll, the stadium is expected to be inaugurated in September 2018. Photo by Gensler.com According to Gensler.com, the ballpark will be named Estadio La Rinconada. The ballpark …

Birmingham willing to spend $500K on repairs of Rickwood Field

Historic Rickwood Field, that was home to Minor League and Negro League teams is in need of repairs. The annual Rickwood Classic, a game hosted by the Birmingham Barons in wich the teams wear throwback uniforms, was canceled because the place was shut down after city officials discovered the ballpark needed structural shoring and repairs. …

Ballparks around the world: Tokyo Dome

In Ballparks around the world another World Baseball Classic venue will be in the center of the attention. The Tokyo Dome in Japan will be host to the WBC for the fourth time since 2006. Next to hosting group B with Australia, China, Cuba and Japan, it will also host group E in the second …

Ballparks around the world: Marlins Park

With the World Baseball Classic nearing, it is time to show another ballpark to you that will host a WBC group. This time Marlins Park in Miami, home of the Miami Marlins. This state of the art ballpark will host group C with Colombia, Dominican Republic, Canada and the United States of America. It will …

51s restart Summerlin ballpark talks

The city of Las Vegas has made no secret they want the Las Vegas 51s out of Cashman Field. The city wants to expand the adjacent convention center, Cashman Center, and it needs the ground of Cashman Field to build the expansion.  Several locations were presented, as Summerlin was one of them but all proposals shattered …

Ballparks around the world: Historic Stan Galle Field, the cradle of Cuban baseball

This time in Ballparks Around the World Historic Stan Galle Field (also called the Pit), home of the Spring Hill College Badgers, a NCAA Division II baseball team. Historic Stan Galle Field is the oldest continuous used diamond in the United States. The very first game at Historic Stan Galle Field was played in 1889 …

D-Backs sue Maricopa county, may leave Chase Field

Yesterday, KTAR.com, published the news that the Arizona Diamondbacks are suing Maricopa County in the Chase Field case. This lawsuit may lead to the team leaving Chase Field. The case about Chase Field is a long running one. The Diamondbacks blame Maricopa County to neglect the stadium and that there is a lot of deferred …

Attempts to save Negro League stadium

This is news that makes me happy. In a time and in a country where old buildings are replaced in the blink of an eye, some enthousiasts that care about the history of the game of baseball are trying to raise funds to save the former ballpark of the Negro Leagues' Detroit Stars. We are …

Ballparks around the world: ETO Ballpark

This time in Ballparks around the world I will pay attention to the newest ballpark in the Netherlands. Newest but also most controversial. The ETO ballpark in Hoofddorp, home of the Hoofddorp Pioniers and host to the 2016 European Championship.   In 2014 the ETO ballpark was opened and in the inaugural year the stadium …

Chase Field replaced?

Maricopa County, owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks' home Chase Field is negotiating with Stadium Real Estate Partners II LLC about a possible sale of the ballpark. If both parties can srike a deal, it would relieve Maricopa County from the ongoing dispute with the D-Backs about the maintenance of the ballpark. Even if both parties can …

Alterations to Wrigley Field continue

After the Chicago Cubs had a made a huge alteration to Wrigley Field by adding the new big left center field and right field scoreboards, the club will continue to alter the look of the cherished ballpark. The scoreboards in left center field and right field were quite an issue as they would block the view …