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Looking up links to articles on our home page "blog"
I know how it is. Sometimes when you're really into ballparks, you want to do some research on recent ballpark news. Since the home page of BASEBALLPARKS.COM acts as a blog of sorts to lead you to articles on all of the ballpark news of importance, it's a great place to check first. However, there's so much breaking news about baseball stadiums happening all the time that we change the content in those "feature boxes" very often -- sometimes multiple times in a day.
So what do you do when you want to read about a topic that has been "rotated off" the home page? Well, now you can check our Archives to see what topics have been touched upon on our home page. Of course, there is absolutely no guarantee that the links will still get you to the right article by the time you check out an older home page, but at least our blurb will probably give you enough info so that you can research the topic further on Google News or the like. And, of course, you can always search the entire BASEBALLPARKS.COM site through our Site Search function.
I update this archive every week or two. If you're doing research for a newspaper or magazine article, and you don't find what you're looking for here, feel free to call me at 512-826-0853.
Below are our summaries from 2013. If you're looking for items from last year, we've saved all of the summaries from 2012 on a special page. The links actually do take you to a representations of our home page from that week, complete with links to outside articles. Just keep in mind that the source material might not still be on those page. The summaries from 2011 are here, 2010 is here, 2009 is here, 2008 is here and 2007 here. Note that the summaries for 2007 through 2010 no longer have live links.
- January 24, 2013 -- The visitor counts at Baseballparks.com continue to be extremely strong, as we finished 2012 up 13.9% versus 2011; Ballpark e-Guides released a humorous commercial; a noted sports economist says the Rays need a new stadium, and it should be located in downtown Tampa; some of the most popular spots from which to "check in" on Facebook are MLB parks; Dodger Stadium is undergoing $100 million in upgrades this offseason; tax revenue to pay off the debt on Nationals Park is running higher than expected; the Twins' spring-training facility will be receiving $47 million in improvements over the next two years.
- March 15, 2013 -- Details on my slide-show presentation at Sun City Grand in Arizona were announced; the perceived failure of the financing plan for the new Marlins stadium might have a negative impact on the Rays getting a new ballpark; the first database of baseball-related statues was announced; Arizona State will start playing its home games at Phoenix Muni, since a proposed deal with the Cubs' new complex fell through; it was embarrassing how few fans were in line when the Marlins started selling single-game tickets; part of Cleveland's League Park is being rebuilt; a noted sports economist says the Rays must get a new park, and it needs to be in downtown Tampa.
- March 26, 2013 -- Peter Griggs' book about his experiences with U.S. baseball parks has been published in his native New Zealand; Joe's spring-training schedule was outlined; longtime friend of Baseballparks.com, Joe Pickering, has released a new baseball music CD; an assessment is being made to see if a new ballpark in Montreal would allow MLB to move back to that city; the father of a child killed at Sandy Hook Elementary will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day in Arlington; spring-training attendance is down so far this year; more dominoes in Arizona, as the AFL announces they're pulling the team out of Phoenix Muni and putting it in Glendale.
- April 5, 2013 -- We had more visitors in March than in any March in our history; our photo essay on the Cubs' final home game at HoHoKam Stadium was posted; the NY-Penn League announced a team will move to a to-be-built ballpark in Morgantown, WV; a status update on our articles in Sports Weekly was provided; many thanks to Sun City Grand Sports Interest Group for the fine turnout and feedback on the slide show we presented; Qualcomm is assessing and improving wireless coverage in MLB parks; the Mariners and Padres moved their fences in, and Dodger Stadium has received $100 million in upgrades; two vehicles were hoisted on platforms at Comerica Park; the Giants' use of technology was detailed in USA Today.
- April 11, 2013 -- We posted our 20-picture photo essay on the first baseball games ever played at the Alamodome; our article on Tropicana Field that appeared in Sports Weekly has triggered more useful dialog on the Ray's desperate need for a new park; Fenway Park's consecutive sell-out streak is over; the coldest day game ever was played at Rangers Ballpark; Commissioner Selig refused to meet with San Jose's mayor over the struggle to approve the A's to build a new park there.
- April 28, 2013 -- Birmingham's Regions Field opened; the demolition of El Paso's old City Hall paves the way for their new park to be built; business leaders in San Jose are considering a lawsuit to force MLB to decide on which team has the territorial rights for their city; the Blue Jays are planning to play exhibition games at Olympic Stadium in Montreal; a new two-team spring-training complex could be in the works in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida; Great American Ball Park hosted a 10-year-old boy with a rare form of blindness; we provided a link to the landmark article in Sports Illustrated about Jeffrey Loria and the outcry over the Marlins' stadium.
- May 27, 2013 -- Baseballparks.com had its highest visitor count of all time during the month of April; the news just gets worse and worse for the Marlins and their one-year-old ballpark; there was a description of the upscale food offerings at Coors Field; a double was hit through the outfield wall at Busch Stadium; USA Today wrote a detailed account of the controversy over remodeling Wrigley Field; if the Cubs aren't permitted to make those changes, they might consider leaving Wrigley; Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium will host NHL games this coming season; For The Win wrote a whimsical piece on what would happen if you could piece together different elements from various MLB parks.
- June 16, 2013 -- Our site had its second biggest month ever in May; Biloxi, MS could use money paid out by BP because of the Gulf oil spill to build a park for a Southern League franchise; the brilliant folks at NumberTamer.com released their annual analysis of Major League attendance; MLB will open the 2014 regular season at a cricket facility in Australia; DuPage County, IL hopes to lure the Cubs by building a new ballpark; the site of Tiger Stadium was used for "vintage baseball;" The New York Times examined the past and possible future of the Astrodome; there was controversy at Houston's current ballpark when a vendor did something stupid; concession stand workers at AT&T Park went on strike.
- July 13, 2013 -- We posted our in-depth review of Hillsboro's outstanding new ballpark; the controversy over a new ballpark for the A's reached a fever pitch when the Cty of San Jose sued MLB for its failure to deal with the A's desire to be build a new park there; all the while, the O.co Coliseum had sewage back up into the locker rooms; a section of Progressive Field was renamed BROHIO; there was a fire at Nationals Park; Self.com produced a primer on picking food at MLB parks; a study was released about the average length of games by ballpark.
- July 29, 2013 -- Our in-depth review of PNC Field in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was posted; controversy continues to swirl over the Cubs' desire to add video screens and other renovations to Wrigley Field; the Dodgers are using a way to keep beer cold once it's been sold tot he customer; local residents want the Tiger Stadium site to be devloped; is it cause and effect or just an eerie coincidence that so many players whose careers were at Veterans Stadium have developed brain tomors: the Cards will no longer allow a Christian cross to be scratched into the dirt of Busch Stadium's mound; Rob Neyer penned an indictment of how Citi Field (which hosted of the All Star Game) is so commercial; the Mets have dangled All Star Tickets to help sell expensive season tickets.
- August 30, 2013 -- The announcement appeared on numerous media outlets, including USA Today Sports Weekly and National Public Radio: Regions Field is our 2013 Ballpark of the Year; a fan fell to his death at Turner Field, the third such fatality at MLB parks in the past three years; impossible to prevent all of them; St. Pete's Mayor suggested he might let the Rays look for a site for a new park outside of his city; Tampa seems eager to comply; author Frank Johnson writes about mascot races around the majors; a fan at Miller Park outdoes himself; a group called Stand For San Jose has taken legal action against MLB for their failure to allow the A's to move to their city; boxing was held at US Cellular Field; Pittsburgh's paper looks at Wrigley's and Fenway's place in history; the addition of a Waffle House at Turner Field coincided with a long winning streak by the Braves.
- September 11, 2013 -- Fans in Nashville have deserved a new ballpark for years, and now there's a proposal for a new facility on the north side of downtown; El Paso will have to pay dearly to cover higher interest rates on the construction bonds for their new park; Charlotte's new park is coming along fine, as a municipal park has already opened next door; exhibitions games will be played at Olympic Stadium in Montreal; after talks soured between the City of St. Pete and the Rays over the lease on Tropicana Field, Tampa is ensuring a prized parcel for a new park in downtown Tampa remains available; a mega mall could be built next to Citi Field and a soccer stadium could be constructed near Yankee Stadium.
- September 26, 2013 -- A new article for the Ballpark Essays section has been contributed by stadium expert Kurt Smith; The South Atlantic League could be on the way out of Hagerstown, MD to a to-be-built park in Fredericksburg, VA, while a relocating NY-Penn team could move to Hagerstown if a scaled-down new park is built there; Bloodshed occured a few blocks from AT&T Park after a Giants-Dodgers game; the famous Singing Hot Dog Man has been fired from Comerica park; The D-backs weren't too happy after the Dodgers jumped in Chase Field's swimming pool after clinching the NL West; PNC Park has come alive as the Pirates chased a playoff spot; Hockey could be coming to Nationals Park.
- October 13, 2013 -- Prime Seat Tickets has the best seats for sold-out playoff games; The Twins' spring training complex in Fort Myers is receiving a huge facelift; Coors Field is receiving a huge party deck on top of the right-field upper deck; Development of land surrounding Citi Field should effectively get rid of the ugly chop shops across the street; The exterior of the Astrodome is being demolished, and the Astros want to build a new spring training complex in Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Great American Ball Park hosted more fans than in any year since it opened.
- November 10, 2013 -- Our pictorial essay provided a behind-the-scenes look at the spring training complex currently be constructed for the Cubs in Mesa, AZ; we provided our annual comparison of the two ballparks involved in the World Series; there was positive news about new ballparks in Biloxi and El Paso; a football bowl game will be played at Marlins Park; Yardbarker ranked the 30 MLB parks based on their Yelp scores; MLB Corporate Sales & Marketing careful scrutininze everything about ad signs that appear during the World Series; the Ballpark Village next to Busch Stadium is finally taking shape.