Check out these articles on the state of today’s baseball facility, including sneak peeks at upcoming parks, comparisons of World Series parks, and our ever-popular recap of the year in ballpark news. The list is in reverse chronological order, with the newest pieces at the top.
For the more recent entries, you can add your own comments at the end … and I certainly encourage you to do so! By the way, all articles and photo essays are by Webmaster Joe Mock unless otherwise noted — and all rights are reserved on both the text and photos.
I had the good fortune to get to cover the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport for USA TODAY. Here I give you a behind-the-scenes look at the uplifting event
A look around the home of the Rangers on July 30, 2017, the day Adrian Beltre had his 3,000th hit
A shorter version of this article appeared in USA TODAY Sports Weekly. Here is the unabridged version, with even more reasons Salt River changed spring training forever.
There were hits (Fort Bragg, Columbia) and there were misses (Hartford), but it was a fascinating year in the ballpark world!
Here’s our annual side-by-side comparison of the two parks in the 2016 Fall Classic. Interestingly, neither park has been the home of a World Series champion.
Here’s our photo essay that gives you an inside look at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park, six months before its first game
Turning the page on Turner Field series
As part of my writing assignments for USA TODAY publications, I put together an article on the two-decade history of Turner Field. Here are the complete interviews I conducted when preparing that article, as well as the article itself, and our photo essay on the park’s final game.
Part 1 Interview with Braves exec John Schuerholz
Part 2 Discussion with longtime Braves fan T.W. Lord
Part 3 Chipper Jones’ thoughts on Turner Field
Part 4 The finished article for USA TODAY Sports Weekly
Proper send-off A look at the final game at Turner Field
The Fort Bragg Game series
Leading up to The Fort Bragg Game on July 3, 2016, we provided insight into the ballpark itself.
Part 1 COO of MLB Tony Petitti gives his thoughts
Part 2 Todd Barnes of Populous talks about the pop-up ballpark
Part 3 Fort Bragg’s Eric Hill talks about the ballpark’s lasting impact on America’s largest military base
Hartford’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park was supposed to open May 31 … but didn’t. Here’s our photo essay on what the almost-completed place looked like.
It was a big year in the world of ballparks, and we summarize the most important stories for you!
I had a blast helping a 7th grader in Illinois with her project for a “history fair.” The topic was a fascinating one: the rooftop seats across the street from Wrigley Field. Read about our exchange.
Getting To All 30 by Rob Wilken
Known to his friends as Ballpark Rob, Rob Wilken flew over 50,000 miles in 2015 so he could visit all 30 MLB parks in a single season. Here is his story.
Kauffman Stadium made its second straight appearance in the Fall Classic, and Citi Field made its first.
You’ve Seen HOW Many Ballparks? by Kurt Smith
How many different ballparks have you seen? I bet it’s not as many as globe-trotter Brian Moore! The intrepid ballpark-chronicler Kurt Smith chases Moore down to tell his story.
The Sad Demise of Wrigley’s Identity by Kurt Smith
The keen observer of all things ballpark visits Wrigley Field, and he’s not pleased with the renovations happening there.
Here’s our year-end summary of the biggest ballpark-related stories of 2014. A lot happened!!
Our annual “tale of the tape” compares a park that hasn’t seen post-season baseball since 1985, and the other is hosting the Fall Classic for the third time in the past five years.
This is the article I submitted to USA Today Sports Weekly about ballpark concessions. As always happens, they chopped some portions out to make it fit in print. This puts back those omitted sections … while letting you read this without having to buy a copy of Sports Weekly (although you really should subscribe to it!).
A photo essay containing 30 shots of Wrigley Field on the day when the Cubs celebrated the ballpark’s 100th birthday.
I interviewed nationally known columnist, TV commentator and author George Will about his just-released book on Wrigley Field for an article in Sports Weekly. I could only use a few quotes from him in that article, but he had so many interesting things to say that I transcribed the conversation for your reading enjoyment.
Once again, we recap the biggest ballpark stories of the year.
Our annual “tale of the tape” on the 2013 World Series’ two stadiums: Boston’s historic treasure Fenway Park and Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Kurt’s Five Most Underrated Ballparks by Kurt Smith
Talented ballpark writer Smith describes the five big-league parks he thinks are the most underrated. Do you agree? Provide a comment under the article.
San Antonio’s Alamodome had hosted Final Fours, the NFL, the NBA, major concerts and more — but never baseball. That changed when Big League Weekend came to town in March, 2013.
Check out the 13 shots in this photo album of the Cubs’ final home game at Mesa’s HoHoKam Stadium.
Here’s our pictorial review of what made news in 2012, including the parks where we had had to say goodbye.
Our annual “tale of the tape” on the ballparks of 2012’s World Series: San Francisco’s beauty by the Bay, AT&T Park, and Detroit’s lovely Comerica Park.
We had special access to shoot photos of all elements of Fenway Park just so you could see how great the place looks as it celebrates its 100th birthday.
Here’s our pictorial review of what made news in the ballpark world in 2011, including a couple of tragedies at parks
Our annual “tale of the tape” on this year’s Fall Classic ballparks: Rangers Ballpark In Arlington (for the second year in a row) and Busch Stadium
I was in St. Louis to cover Game 6 of the World Series, and hours before the game, MLB postponed it … even though the game could definitely have been played. This essay discusses why this was a mistake, and how ultimately it put the Cards in the position to win the Series
We were there in Detroit when Jim Thome smashed the 600th homer of his career, something only seven other big leaguers had accomplished
Here’s our pictorial review of what made news in the ballpark world in 2010
Our annual “tale of the tape ” on the year’s Fall Classic ballparks: Rangers Ballpark In Arlington and AT&T Park
A first-class organization honors a first-class exec as he moves up to the Major Leagues
Here’s our annual look at ballpark scenes in the news
The Round Rock Express honored fallen hero Mike Coolbaugh
What made news in the world of ballparks in 2008? You’ll find out here!
It’s become an annual tradition! Here’s what we thought were the biggest ballpark stories of the year, as told in pictures.
Nothing in the U.S. compares to the festive, colorful Serie Del Caribe
We wouldn’t let you down! Here’s the 2006 edition of our Ballpark Year in Pictures.
Another of our annual looks at the ballparks that made news.
A trip through the ballpark highlights of 2004
A remembrance of the Yankee Clipper, written on the day he died