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Our home-page "blog" from March 1, 2012

New on the site

We're delighted that Kurt Smith, creator of the wonderful Ballpark E-Guide series, has again graced our pages with a thought-provoking essay. His newest article describes his thought process when deciding on his favorite park ... More folks visited our site last month than in any January since we started in 1997. Thank you so much for continuing to make our site so popular!

Cohen Stadium

Can El Paso make a comeback?

The El Paso Diablos moved to Springfield, MO following the 2004 season, ending a 44-year run that El Paso was in the Texas League. Since then, only indy-league teams have played there. Now there is a movement afoot to build a new downtown ballpark (to replace Cohen Stadium, left) that could become the home of the current Tucson Padres of the PCL.

Joe on
the go

It's finally spring training time! I'll be at the Giants game in Scottsdale on the 3rd, the D-backs at Salt River on the 4th (including a ceremony honoring the Ballpark of the Year) and the Royals in Surprise on the 5th. The evening of the 5th, I'll be presenting a slide show of spring training parks in Surprise. I'll be in FL on March 28 - April 2 (including the new Red Sox spring-training complex and the opening of the new Marlins Stadium). I'll visit the new park in Pensacola on May 12.

St. Pete ballpark

New ballpark key to Rays' future

The Rays once thought they were close to building the most innovative new stadium in the sport (right). The idea came crashing down, though, when the City of St. Pete barely shrugged and environmentalists howled at the thought of building on the waterfront. Columnist Richard Justice examines how the Rays' future is tied directly to getting a new park. Image courtesy of Populous


Big League ballpark notes

The Rangers are selling bleachers that were once installed at old Arlington Stadium and more recently in Rangers Ballpark ... While it was rumored that Comerica Park might be in the running to host the NHL's 2013 Winter Classic, it will instead go to Michigan Stadium. However, Comerica will still see outdoor-hockey action (alumni game, college) around the same time next winter ... Could construction costs for the new Miami Marlins' stadium (left) come in under budget? Finance officials at Miami-Dade County are hoping to come to that conclusion, because any leftover money from the team's share of construction costs accrues to the County for a capital reserve fund ... Maybe they should use that fund for more parking. Marlins Maniac weighs in on the extreme lack of parking spaces at the new stadium ... Rogers Centre, the home stadium of the Blue Jays, is looking for a "supergrass" that could replace its artificial turf.