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Below are our summaries from 2012. Note that the links take you to representations of our home page from that week (and those page have links to articles outside of our site -- which may or may not still be active).
- January 16, 2012 -- The visitor counts at Baseballparks.com continue to be extremely strong, as we finished 2011 up 15.2% from 2010; the Cubs are making significant changes to the bleacher area in right field; Commissioner Selig claims that progress on a new park is "really on the front burner;" the Giants and local activists are likely to oppose a new stadium in San Jose; the Winter Classic really did a number on the grass at Citizens Bank Park; congestion should be eased by the expansion of the plaza just outside Target Field; the Padres are giving up on a new park in Escondido for their Triple-A team.
- February 5, 2012 -- Wrigley Field's RF bleachers will be undergoing changes, with a 70-foot-wide video board and patio for fans; Milwaukie, OR is moving closer to constructing a new ballpark; The Blue Jays are looking for a "supergrass" to replace their artificial turf; there are new solar panels at Kauffman Stadium; there's a broken axel on one of the roof panels at Safeco Field; the City of Cleveland will soon invest $5 million in renovating ancient League Park; Yankee Stadium will host a rock concert this summer.
- March 1, 2012 -- El Paso, out of affiliated ball since 2004, might build a new park for a Triple-A team; our schedule of visiting parks for spring training has been finalized; a new ballpark is critical to the future of the Rays; the Rangers are selling sections of bleachers that were displaced by their CF renovation; Comerica Park will be used for some of the activities leading up to the 2013 NHL Winter Classic; the accountants are busy seeing if the new Marlins stadium will be over- or under-budget; parking will be in short supply at the new stadium; the Blue Jays are seeing if a "super-grass" could replace the artificial turf at Rogers Centre.
- March 5, 2012 -- Now that new owners are in place for the Bakersfield Blaze, all effort and resources should be put into a new ballpark; Morgantown, WV needs a new ballpark for West Virginia U's baseball program, and a NY-Penn League franchise could play in it during the summer months; bees disrupted a spring-training game at Salt River Fields; the Red Sox love new jetBlue Park, although most reporters writing about the facility dwell on the high cost of food, tickets and souvenirs; revenues at CitiField have dropped 30%; the home-run structure in left-centerfield in the new Miami stadium might distract left-handed hitters.
- March 22, 2012 -- The plaques for Ballpark Of The Year were presented to the D-backs, the construction company, architects and Indian community responsible for Salt River Fields; Dodger Stadium could receive a corporate sponsorship name under a new team owner; the neighboring county of Hillsborough is hoping to force the issue regarding a new park for the Rays; the golf course that will one day feature the Cubs' new spring complex has closed, making way for construction; Readers Digest offers healthy-eating menu items at five ballparks; local governments use luxury suites at spring-training games; if MLB blocks the A's from building a new park in San Jose, some prospective owners of the franchise might leave the team in Oakland.
- April 6, 2012 -- Our visitor stats show that more folks visited our site in March than in any March in our history; I updated my list of parks I've visited; the Marlins' new retractable-roof ballpark is a big hit, and we launched a Facebook photo album with images from the first game there; we gave a sneak peak at JetBlue Park; USA Today compared Marlins Park to Camden Yards; PETA pulled off a stunt at Marlins Park; The Hall Of Fame has a special exhibit commemorating Fenway's 100th birthday; an electricity-generating wind turbine was mounted on top of Progressive Field; the DailyMeal.com folks posted the 16 craziest stadium foods.
- April 20, 2012 -- Our in-depth review of JetBlue Park at Fenway South was posted; Camden Yards celebrated its 20th birthday, and much was made of how its opening changed sports architecture forever; to help peanut-allergy sufferers, many MLB parks are offering nut-free games; the Dodgers put together a star-studded event to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Dodger Stadium; a video shows how the Twins' groundskeepers prepare the field for the season; the Rangers unveiled a statue of Shannon and Cooper Stone.
- May 5, 2012 -- Our article on Marlins Park might be our most detailed, in-depth ballpark review ever; this April featured the anniversaries of the opening of a number of significant ballparks (Fenway's 100th, Dodger Stadium's 50th, Camden Yards' 20th); could a new new cruise-ship port hold the key for a new stadium for the Rays? the aesthetics of the Marlins Park were praised, but the grass doesn't get enough sun and the roof panels have some leaks; the highest cost of beer at MLB parks was chronicled; it could take $500 million to renovate Wrigley Field and add a new building onto it; the Padres might bring the fences in at Petco Park.
- May 30, 2012 -- Our in-depth review of Pensacola's beautiful new ballpark was posted; Morgantown, WV will likely be the new home of a NY-Penn League team; Target Field has the only rainwater filtration system in baseball; Wrigley Field has been in the news, with some calling for its demolition and some for everything but the park to be torn down; USA Today provides ten places where you can strike baseball gold; Fenway Park's PA announcer died suddenly; San Jose had designated a parcel of land for the new A's ballpark, but the State of CA might block the sale of it to the A's.
- June 20, 2012 -- We updated our ballpark rankings for the Southern League; Charlotte is closer than ever to building a new ballpark for the Knights; an article in Departures describes ballpark amenities for the well-to-do fan; a writer from New Zealand is chronicling his adventure visiting all 30 MLB parks; ESPN is having fans vote for the best ballpark in the Majors; ESPN also lists the ten worst parks of all time; Dodger Stadium was the site of a surprise for a returning Marine; the housing development being built on the site of old Municipal Stadium in KC is receiving some much needed sprucing up from the city; Miami Dade County is disallowing some expenses submitted by the Marlins for reimbursement of contrstuction costs for the new ballpark.
- July 4, 2012 -- News from a suburb of Portland, OR indicates a new park will be built for the NWL Yakima Bears by next year; the chances of the PCL moving to El Paso are greater no that a new ballpark is proposed for downtown El Paso; Fenway has been featured in more movies than any other park; the Brewers lead groundskeeper died during a game at Miller Park recently; ESPN not only sponsored a poll question to determine the most-loved big league ballpark, they also ran their own list of the ten worst parks; Departures ran a story about the ballpark amenities for well-to-do fans; the Dodgers surprised a returning soldier on Father's Day.
- July 14, 2012 -- Baseballparks.com welcomed its 3-millionth visitor; KC's Kauffman Stadium hosted the MLB All Star Game, although the game was a blow-out; the webmaster's eight-day ballpark trip was chronicled; the remarkable book "500 Ballparks" is back in stock; a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the Cubs' new spring-training site in Mesa; it's still unknown if Arizona State's baseball program will move into that new complex when it's completed; an anti-hotdog billboard was erected near Kauffman Stadium right before the All Star Game there.
- August 8, 2012 -- Fox News investigated the reasons behind Stockton, California's bankruptcy, and they laid part of the blame on the new basaeball park and arena; the Potomac Nationals have desperately needed a new park for years, and now the best opportunity for a new facility seems to be materializing near I-95 in Woodbridge; the new park for the Marlins hasn't been the attendance boon they'd hoped for; Chase Field and AT&T Park will host games in next spring's World Baseball Classic; $7.5 million in upgrades will be made to the Pirates' spring-training park; the Twins want Lee County, FL to pay for upgrades at their Fort Myers spring home.
- August 18, 2012 -- We debuted our in-depth look at Fenway Park as it celebrates its 100th birthday; El Paso's plans for a downtown ballpark overcome more hurdles; Accuweather takes a close look at the six MLB parks that can adapt to the weather; Johnny Pesky, for whom the right-field foul pole is named in Fenway, died at age 92; a veteran of MLB ballpark renovations, Janet Marie Smith, has joined the Dodgers to work on changes to Dodger Stadium; Sports Travel & Tours has a neat way of honoring travelers who see all 30 MLB parks while on their tours.
- September 4, 2012 -- Each year, our announcement of Ballpark of the Year is highly anticipated, and this year is no exception. Pensacola's Bayfront Stadium, with its gorgeous view, was the winner; Peter Grigg of New Zealand gave us another of his unique perspectives on U.S. ballparks; Target Field will host the 2014 All Star Game; the Wall Street Journal examined how Marlins Park was designed; a commission in Canada decreed that Montreal is capable of hosting MLB again; an umpire made a life-saving call at Chase Field; a fan was arrested at Kauffman Stadium for diving into one of the fountains; Citi Field and Yankee Stadium are the sites for experimentation on additional video replays.
- September 25, 2012 -- We opened an online shop featuring apparel with our logos on them; Prime Seat Tickets is the place to go for seats for sold-out games; The LA Angels shoot down a rumor they are moving to a new ballpark; Rangers Ballpark will receive $10 million in renovations; a statue of Jerry Coleman now stands at Petco Park and one of Bob Uecker stands outside of Miller Park; progress is finally made on a Ballpark Village in St. Louis; there's a proposal for development in one of Turner Field's parking lots; the City of San Jose threatened a group that opposes the move of the A's to a to-be-built park in downtown SJ.
- October 25, 2012 -- We posted our annual comparison of the two parks in the World Series; Petco Park is following the lead of Citi Field and bringing the outfield fences in; the Alliance To Save Energy picked the most energy-efficient ballparks in the Big Leagues; Bleacher Report selected the most affordable MLB parks; paper tickets are going the way of the dinosaur; yet another new proposal for a new ballpark for the Rays; the Dodgers' new owners vow to "beautify and modernize" Dodger Stadium.
- November 21, 2012 -- We helped break the story that Bakersfield is finally getting a new ballpark; Hurricane Sandy delivered quite a punch to New York and New Jersey, particularly to the ballparks in Staten Island and Coney Island; the Twins agreed to a new 30-year lease to conduct spring training in an upgraded complex in Fort Myers; Arizona State has decided not to sign on as a tenant at the Cubs' new spring training complex under construction in Mesa; the Indians settled a lawsuit regarding a person killed by an inflatable attraction at Progressive Field; the Tigers served new upscale concessions during the World Series.
- December 22, 2012 -- Our annual Ballpark Year In Pictures photo essay was released; the Alamodome in San Antonio will be used as a baseball facility for the first time in March, as the Rangers and Padres will square off for two exhibitions; MLB parks are some of the most popular spots for Facebook users to "check in"; Dodger Stadium is receiving massive upgrades this offseason; tax revenue is running ahead of schedule on the retirement of bonds used to construct Nationals Park in DC.