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Active Ballparks by League

Going to different baseball stadiums is my favorite thing to do in life.  My unattainable goal in life is to visit every standing baseball stadium where professional baseball has ever been played, yes, even Japan, Austalia, or anywhere else in the world.

I don’t only enjoy going to active stadiums, vacant (“dead”) ballparks are actually my favorite to check out. I’ve driven far of the beaten path to visit a few old slabs of concrete that hasn’t hosted professional baseball in decades. There are, likely, and immeasurable number of these stadiums in the world, a never-ending goal. A more tangible mini-goal would be visit all the active ballparks under the MiLB umbrella.

One of the things that makes this goal challenging is that new ballparks open every year. And for each ballpark that opens, another one closes, becoming another dead ballpark. So a new field opening not only means there’s another one I’ve yet to visit, it also means one falls of this list of active ones I have visited. Hello, Biloxi and Hillsboro. Good bye, Huntsville and Yakima.

I didn’t include the rookie-level Gulf Coast and Arizona Leagues or the Arizona Fall League, because those just get complicated.

American League (5/15)

  1. Boston Red Sox – Fenway Park
  2. Chicago White Sox – US Cellular Field
  3. Kansas City Royals – Kauffman Stadium
  4. Tampa Bay Rays – Tropicana Field
  5. Texas Rangers – Globe Life Park

National League (5/15)

  1. Chicago Cubs – Wrigley Field
  2. Cincinnati Reds – Great American Ballpark
  3. Colorado Rockies – Coors Field
  4. New York Mets – Citi Field
  5. St. Louis Cardinals – Busch Stadium

International League (3/14)

  1. Gwinnett Braves – Coolray Field
  2. Indianapolis Indians – Victory Field
  3. Louisville Bats – Louisville Slugger Field

Pacific Coast League (6/16)

  1. Colorado Springs Sky Sox – Security Service Field
  2. Iowa Cubs – Principal Park
  3. Memphis Red Birds – AutoZone Park
  4. New Orleans Zephyrs – Zephyr Field
  5. Oklahoma City Dodgers – Chicksaw Bricktown Ballpark
  6. Omaha Storm Chasers – Werner Park

Eastern League (0/12)

  • None

Southern League (7/10)

  1. Birmingham Barons – Regions Field
  2. Chattanooga Lookouts – AT&T Field
  3. Jackson Generals – Pringles Parks
  4. Mississippi Braves – Trustmark Park
  5. Mobile BayBears – Hank Aaron Stadium
  6. Montgomery Biscuits – Riverwalk Stadium
  7. Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Blue Wahoos Stadium

Texas League (3/8)

  1. Frisco RoughRiders – Dr. Pepper Ballpark
  2. Northwest Arkansas Naturals – Arvest Ballpark
  3. Springfield Cardinals – Hammons Field

California League (0/10)

  • None

Carolina League (1/8)

  1. Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Pelicans Ballpark

Florida State League (9/12)

  1. Bradenton Marauders – McKechnie Field
  2. Brevard County Manatees – Space Coast Field
  3. Charlotte Stone Crabs – Charlotte Sports Park
  4. Clearwater Threshers – Bright House Field
  5. Dunedin Blue Jays – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
  6. Fort Myers Miracle – Hammond Stadium
  7. Lakeland Flying Tigers – Joker Merchant Stadium
  8. St. Lucie Mets – Tradition Field
  9. Tampa Yankees – Steinbrenner Field

Midwest League (3/16)

  1. Cedar Rapids Kernals – Veterans War Memorial Field
  2. Clinton Lumberkings – Ashford University Field
  3. Quad City RiverBandits – Modern Woodman Park

South Atlantic League (11/14)

  1. Asheville Tourists – McCormick Field
  2. Augusta GreenJackets – Lake Olmstead Stadium
  3. Charleston RiverDogs – Joseph P. Riley Jr Park
  4. Delmarva Shorebirds – Arthur W. Perdue Stadium
  5. Greenville Drive – Fluor Field
  6. Hickory Crawdads – L.P.Frans Stadium
  7. Kannapolis Intimidators – CMC-Northeast Stadium
  8. Lakewood BlueClaws – FirstEnergy Park
  9. Lexington Legends – Whitaker Bank Ballpark
  10. Rome Braves – State Mutual Stadium
  11. West Virigina Power – Appalachian Power Park

New York-Penn League (1/14)

  1. Staten Island Yankees -Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Northwest League (2/8)

  1. Spokane Indians – Avista Stadium
  2. Tri-City Dust Devils – Gesa Stadium

Appalachian League (0/10)

  • None

Pioneer League (0/8)

  • None

Affiliated (56/190 29%)

American Association (5/12)

  1. Kansas City T-Bones – CommunityAmerica Ballpark
  2. Lincoln Saltdogs – Haymarket Park
  3. Salina Stockade – Dean Evans Stadium
  4. Texas Airhogs – QuikTrip Park
  5. Wichita Wingnuts – Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

Atlantic League (0/8)

  • None

CanAm League (0/6)

  • None

Frontier League (5/12)

  1. Florence Freedom – UC Health Stadium
  2. Joliet Slammers  – Silver Cross Field
  3. Normal CornBelters – The Corn Crib
  4. Southen Illinois Miners – RentOne Park
  5. Windy City Thunderbolts – Standard Bank Stadium

Pacific Association (0/4)

  • None

Pecos League (1/12)

  1. Trinidad Triggers – Trinidad Central Park

United Shore League (0/1)

  • None

Independent Leagues (11/55 20%)

Total (67/245 27%)

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My Ballparks – Updated

A couple of years ago, I realized, I’d been to a lot of ballparks. So I decided to sit down and make a list. I’ve worked in baseball, had a couple of jobs that had me travel a lot, and I’ve been fortunate to enough to be able to travel for personal reasons. I added six more stadiums on my most recent trip to the Midwest in May 2016 and I’m sitting at a fat 94 now, six parks away from triple digits.

Here’s the caveat to reading this. If the ballpark has an asterisk (*) next to it, that means I did not actually go to that park while it was inhabited by a professional team. For example, Engel Stadium in Chattanooga closed in 1999. I didn’t get to Chattanooga until 2001, so I missed going to a game there, but I did drive to it and take a tour. It get’s an *. Any other ballparks that say “former home of” but don’t have an asterisks, I actually went to that stadium  while a pro ball team was there.

MLB (12)

  • Arlington Stadium (Former home of the Texas Rangers)
  • The Kingdome (Former home of the Seattle Mariners)
  • The Astrodome (Former home of the Houston Astros)
  • Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
  • U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox)
  • Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Former home of the Atlanta Braves)
  • Busch Memorial Stadium (Former home of the St. Louis Cardinals)
  • Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)
  • Candlestick Park (Former home of the SF Giants)
  • Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)
  • Citi Field (New York Mets) (Added 9/23/15)
  • Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds) (Added 5/16/16)
  • Globe Life Park (Texas Rangers) (Added 12/15/16)

Alabama (9)

  • Regions Park (Former home of the Birmingham Barons)
  • Rickwood Field (Former home of the Birmingham Barons, site of the annual Rickwood Classic)
  • Regions Field (Birmingham Barons)
  • Joe Davis Stadium (Fomer home of the Huntsville Stars)
  • Hank Aaron Stadium (Mobile BayBears)
  • Stanky Field (Former home of the Mobile BaySharks)
  • Riverwalk Stadium (Montgomery Biscuits)
  • *Paterson Field (Former home of the Montgomery Rebels and Wings)
  • *Crampton Bowl (Former home of the Montgomery Rebels, Bombers, and Lions)

Arizona (1)

  • Scottsdale Stadium (Spring training home of the SF Giants. Home to the AZL Giants and Scottsdale Scorpions.)

California (2)

  • Billy Hebert Field (Former home of the Stockton Ports)
  • Goodwin Field (Former home of the Fullerton Flyers)

Florida (25)

  • Pensacola Bayfront Stadium (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)
  • Charlotte Sports Park (Spring training site of the Tampa Bay Rays and home of the Charlotte Stone Crabs and GCL Rays)
  • Ed Smith Stadium (Spring training site of the Baltimore Orioles)
  • McKechnie Field (Spring training site of the Pittsburgh Pirates and home of the Bradenton Marauders.)
  • Pirate City (GCL Pirates)
  • JetBlue Park (Spring training home of the Boston Red Sox and home of the GCL Red Sox)
  • Hammond Stadium (Spring training home of the Minnesota Twins and home of the Fort Myers Miracle. The GCL Twins play in the attached Lee County Sports Complex)
  • Florida Auto Exchange Stadium (Spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays and home of the Dunedin Blue Jays.)
  • Bobby Mattick Training Center (GCL Blue Jays)
  • Baseball City Stadium (former spring training site of the Kansas City Royals. Formerly home of the Baseball City Royals and GCL Royals.)
  • Chain of Lakes Park (Former spring training site of the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. Also formerly home of those clubs’ FSL and GCL teams.)
  • Holman Stadium – Dodgertown (Former spring training site of the LA Dodgers and former home of the Vero Beach Dodgers and Devil Rays.)
  • *City of Palms Park (Former spring training home of the Boston Red Sox and their GCL afflilate.)
  • *Al Lang Field (Former site of many clubs’ spring training and FSL affiliates, most recently the Rays and Cardinals.)
  • *Terry Park (Former site for many teams’ spring training, most recently, in 1987, the Royals. Also former home of the Fort Myers Royals.)
  • *Pelican Park (Former home of the Pensacola Pelicans)
  • *Raymond A. Namoli / Payson Baseball Complex (Former spring training site of the NY Mets and Tampa Bay Rays) 
  • George M. Steinbrenner Field (Spring training home of the New York Yankees and home of the Tampa Yankees) 
  • BrightHouse Field (Spring traing home of the Philadelphia Phillies and home of the Clearwater Threshers)
  • *Jack Russell Stadium (Former spring training site of the Philadelphia Phillies and home of the Clearwater Phillies) 
  • Joker Merchant Stadium (Spring Traing home of the Detroit Tigers and home of the Lakeland Flying Tigers) (Added 6/2/15)
  • Henley Field (Former Spring training site of the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers, former and occasional home of the Lakeland Tigers) (Added 6/2/15)
  • Tradition Field (Spring training home of the New York Mets and home of the St Lucie Mets) (Added 6/15/15)
  • *Huggins – Stengel Field (Former spring training home of the Yankees, Mets, and Orioles) (Added 4/2/16)
  • *Oliver Field at Campbell Park (Former home of St. Petersburg Negro League teams. Hosted Mets and Cardinals spring training exhibition games in 1976.) (Added 4/2/16)

Georgia (5)

  • Coolray Field (Gwinnett Braves)
  • Lake Olmstead Stadium (Augusta GreenJackets)
  • State Mutual Stadium (Rome Braves)
  • Grayson Stadium (Former home of the Savannah Sand Gnats)
  • Golden Park (Former home of the Columbus Catfish)

Hawaii (1)

  • *Les Murakami Stadium (Former home of the Hawaii Islanders and the Hawaiian Winter League)

Illinois (1)

  • Rent One Park (Southern Illinois Miners)

Indiana (2)

  • Victory Field (Indianapolis Indians) (Added 5/19/16)
  • *Bush Stadium (Former home of the Indianapolis Indians)(Added 5/16/16)

Kentucky (4)

  • Whitaker Bank Ballpark (Lexington Legends)
  • UC Health Stadium (Florence Freedom)(Added 5/18/16)
  • Louisville Slugger Field (Louisville Bats)(Added 5/18/16)
  • *Cardinal Stadium (Former home of the Louisville Redbirds, RiverBats, Colonels) (Added 5/18/16)

Louisiana (5)

  • Zephyr Field (New Orleans Zephyrs)
  • Fair Grounds Field (Former home of the Shreveport Captains)
  • *New Orleans Superdome (Former home of the New Orleans Pelicans)
  • *M.L.Tigue Moore Field (Former home of the Bayou Bullfrogs)
  • *Bringhurst Field (Former home of the Alexandia Aces and Dukes)

Maryland (1)

  • Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (Delmarva Shorebirds)

Mississippi (2)

  • Trustmark Park (Mississippi Braves)
  • Smith-Willis Stadium (Former home of the Jackson Generals, as well as the Mets, DiamondKats, and Senators.)

Oklahoma (2)

  • Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Oklahoma City Dodgers)
  • All Sports Stadium (Former home of the Oklahoma City 89ers)

New Jersey (1)

  • FirstEnergy Park (Lakewood BlueClaws)

New York (2)

  • Richmond County Bank Ballpark (Staten Island Yankees) 
  • *Jack Kaiser Stadium (Former home of the Queens Kings)

North Carolina (4)

  • NewBridge Bank Park (Greensboro Grasshoppers)
  • L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory Crawdads)
  • CMC-Northeast Stadium (Kannapolis Intimadators)
  • McCormick Field (Asheville Tourists)

South Carolina (3)

  • Joseph P. Riley Park (Charleston RiverDogs)
  • Fluor Field (Greenville Drive)
  • BB&T Coastal Field (Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Tennessee (6)

  • AutoZone Park (Memphis Redbirds)
  • Pringles Park (Jackson Generals
  • Herchel Greer Stadium (Former home of the Nashville Sounds)
  • AT&T Field (Chattanooga Lookouts)
  • *Engel Stadium (Former home of the Chattanooga Lookouts)
  • *Raymond C Hand Park (Former home of the Clarksville Coyotes)

Texas (3)

  • Dr. Pepper Ballpark (Frisco RoughRiders)
  • LaGrave Field (Former home of the Fort Worth Cats)
  • Cotton Bowl (One game home of the Dallas Eagles)

Washington (4)

  • Avista Stadium (Spokane Indians)
  • Gesa Stadium (Tri-City Dust Devils)
  • Yakima County Stadium (Former home of the Yakima Bears)
  • *Bomber Bowl (Former Tri-Cities Triplets home. My former high school field.)

West Virginia (1)

  • Appalachian Power Park (West Virginia Power)

I’ll probably update this list as I add new ballparks. How many you got?