New on the site
Read the transcript of my interview with nationally known columnist, TV commentator and author of a just-released book on Wrigley Field, George Will. He has a lot of interesting things to say about the Friendly Confines. Coming up: reviews of the new ballparks opening this month in El Paso and Charlotte, and a look at Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration.
Now in stock
We've waited two years for an updated version of the very, very popular Baseball Travel Map, and now we have them in stock! The fully updated edition includes the location and contact info for every MLB, spring training, affiliated Minor League and indy league team in the country. This sturdy, laminated map is only $8.95, plus shipping. Order yours today!.
I'm off on a week-long trip to Birmingham (presenting the plaque for Ballpark of the Year) on the 19th, Gwinnett County on the 20th, Atlanta on the 21st, Chicago (for Wrigley's 100th birthday) on the 22nd and 23rd, the brand-new Charlotte park on the 24th and Greenville on the 25th. As always, you can check out where I've been here. FYI: I'll have an article in the April 23rd Sports Weekly on Wrigley Field's long history. Watch for it at the newsstand!
Peering into the future
Sports-architecture heavyweights Populous teamed up with Sports Illustrated to take a stab at imagining what urban ballparks will look like in 20 years. The result is a feature that looks at ways that the park will blend in with its city environment while providing fans what they want. Interesting piece. Art from Populous and Sports Illustrated
Big League ballpark notes
Biz of Baseball wrote a fascinating, in-depth look at how the Portland market (which kicked its AAA franchise out of its stadium and gave them nowhere else to play, so they are in El Paso now) wants the A's to move there. Not gonna happen ... Of all of the stories to come out of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, the way Marc Fucarile has battled back from his injuries and the fact that he's about to be married at Fenway Park (left) have impressed me the most ... NYC's entry in Major League Soccer will play its home games at Yankee Stadium for three years ... After 17 years of sitting vacant, Compadre Stadium in Chandler, AZ will finally be bulldozed and houses built there. It was the spring home of the Brewers for ten years ... A complaint by a fan prompted the Rangers to change a sign on their recently renamed ballpark.
Now in stock: Edition 3 of the Touring The Majors® poster displaying all 30 MLB parks.