Ranking MLB's Ball Parks from Worst to Best (No. 30-26)

Jeff BreenContributor IJanuary 30, 2009

The following is my rankings of MLB's current Ball Parks. I will be covering five parks at a time. Feel free to comment...


No. 30. Metrodome (46,564)  The twins are in the final season at this atrocity...thank God. This stadium is full of mistakes. Starting with its white ceiling, even a skilled outfielder like Tori Hunter had trouble picking up the ball. The dugouts look like a maze and the low ceiling has knocked some players off their feet. 

The right field "baggy" looks like the green monsters less favored brother. The stadium is great for football, but it's a good thing there is a new stadium (Target Field) being built, but why is there not a roof. Expect many delays and cancellations in April and May.


No. 29. Dolphin Stadium (38,560) Its funny that team with the lowest attendance in the league has produced World Series Champions in '97 and '03. Marlin baseball definitely isn't a priority among Miami natives and games are seldom sold out, if ever.  This stadium, which shares its home with the Miami Dolphins, is simply to big. 

The bullpens look like they were put together at the last second and the left field scoreboard takes away a lot of home runs in an already pitcher friendly ball park. The park's dimensions are some of the worst in the game. Like the twins, it'll be better when they move out.


No. 28. Kaufman Stadium (Currently 27,000) Besides its water falls in the outfield, this park offers little excitement or flare. The team that occupies is mediocre at best and until now, the front office has done little to enhance the atmosphere.

As of last season, the park has under gone some much needed renovations. The bowl seating is ugly, and there is no outfield seating. As I said though, the park is starting to look better, but it's too early to say if it will bring bigger crowds.


No. 27. McAfee Stadium (35,067) Also known as the coliseum, Oakland's ballpark has been home to some great players in its long history (Rollie Fingers, Ricky Henderson), and has managed to hold its own in the attendance game even with one of the smallest seating bowls in the game today.

This ball park lacks in atmosphere and charm.

The park which like many of my least favorite shares its space with a football  team and the presence of a football team is noticeable. With the upper deck curtained off and the scoreboards at weird angles, McAfee has a very uncomfortable feel. The field is also very funny.

The park has the most foul space in the league (remember that Eric Byrnes catch) and its outfield seating looks like a mess.  The team will be opening a new stadium hopefully in 2012 under the name of Cisco Field.


No. 26. Dodger Stadium (56,000) If you can get to the park on time and avoided a traffic jam, you will encounter one of the ugilest parks in the game. Opened in 1962, Dodger Stadium has seen some great moments, but its best moment may be its last game someday. 

With its ugly facade and weird bleacher ceiling this stadium looks out of place in a place where beauty and fame is so abundant.