Monument Park and the Coolest Feature of Every MLB Ballpark
Monument Park, Yankee Stadium
Each Major League Baseball team has its own type of unique philosophy and style, and their stadiums are no different—every MLB ballpark has its own cool, unique feature.
Monument Park at Yankee Stadium is one such feature, but I'll get into explaining it in detail when we get to that point in the slideshow.
From behemoth fountains to oversized walls, this list will look at every ballpark's unique feature. Whether they be good or bad, each feature helps to encapsulate its team's image.
Without further ado, let's begin.
Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field's RamTrucks.TV Swimming Pool
Arizona's Chase Field features a 35-person swimming pool in right-center field. How much cooler could it get?
Well, it actually doesn't make a whole lot of sense. When the roof is closed in Arizona, the stadium is air conditioned and climate controlled.
The pool can be rented by fans each game—for upwards of $6,000.
With a 35-person limit, that's just under $200 per person.
Is it cool? Yes.
Is it worth it? That's for you to decide.
Atlanta Braves, Turner Field's Taco Mac Family Fun Zone
In the area that used to be Tooner Field, Cartoon Network's fun zone for children 12 and under, the Atlanta Braves introduced the Taco Mac Family Fun Zone at the beginning of this season.
The partnership the Braves had with Time Warner Cable ended after last season, causing the end of Tooner Field.
This fun zone brings an interactive baseball-themed experience to children at Turner Field, helping to bring in fans of a younger generation.
The coolest part? Taco Mac implements Coca-Cola's "Freestyle" machine. This machine allows consumers to choose from over 100 different beverage combinations almost instantly.
That's a lot of soda.
Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards' Memorial Wall
In 2002, the Baltimore Orioles broke ground on the south end of Eutaw Street warehouse for a memorial wall to honor the residents of Maryland who were killed in our nation's wars.
The wall stands at 11-feet tall, is made of granite and features the very appropriate quote, "Time will not dim the glory of their deeds."
The wall was inspired by the wall that existed at Memorial Stadium.
This is one of those features that really doesn't pertain to baseball. It is also one of the best ballpark features in the game, in my opinion.
It's a great way to say thanks to our nation's veterans and to those who unfortunately perished serving our country.
Boston Red Sox, Fenway Parks' Green Monster
Did anybody really expect something different?
The Green Monster is one of the most recognizable features in all of baseball, and probably all of sports.
At 37'2", it is clearly the highest of any outfield wall in baseball. Thus, it is a popular target for right-handed hitters across the league.
It falls just six inches short of being the tallest wall in professional baseball. The Arch Nemesis at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, Pennsylvania currently owns that designation.
The Monster was a part of Fenway's original construction in 1912, although it wasn't painted green until 1947.
The Red Sox's other Green Monster, Wally, is also a cool feature at Fenway.
Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field's Ivy Walls
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Many cool features of Wrigley Field are well-known throughout baseball. The rooftop seating and seventh-inning stretch performances are unique, but the ivy-covered brick walls are the most notable.
The ivy is a combination of Boston Ivy and Japanese Bittersweet. These two species of ivy are able to withstand cold winters, hence being the perfect choice for Wrigley.
Former Cubs general manager Bill Veeck planted the ivy in 1937 as a part of the team's beautification plan for the bleachers. The bleachers had been rebuilt that same year.
Don't be fooled, though. That ivy provides absolutely no padding.
You try running into a brick wall at full speed covered in ivy.
Chicago White Sox, U.S. Cellular Field's Pinwheels
Many ballparks have unique home run features, but U.S. Cellular Field's is one of my personal favorites.
It's not too flashy and it doesn't command too much attention.
After every White Sox home run, the pinwheels light up and spin on top of the scoreboard in center field. They are just a part of a much larger display, however.
While the wheels are spinning, fireworks shoot off and the scoreboard begins to light up as well.
Those wheels have been spinning quite a bit this season, as Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo have been putting their power on display early on in 2012.
Cincinnati Reds, Great American Ball Park's Power Stacks
The Power Stacks at the Great American Ball Park are one of the most interesting features of any MLB stadium.
Located in right-center field, the smokestacks are reminiscent of the steamboats that used to be common to the Ohio River several years ago.
That's not all they're there for, however.
When the Reds strike out a batter, fire blows from the top of the stacks. When the Reds hit a home run or win a home game, fireworks are shot from the top.
Perched atop each stack are seven bats. These bats represent No. 14, the number of Pete Rose. Because major league baseball prohibits his number to be displayed in any ballpark, the Reds honor him in this fashion instead.
Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field's Heritage Park
In 2007, the Cleveland Indians converted the picnic area beyond the center field fence into Heritage Park, a place where the team's Hall of Famers could be honored.
It honors the team's personal Hall of Fame, its 100 greatest players, memorable Indians moments and a memorial plaque for Ray Chapman, the only major leaguer ever to be killed by a pitched ball.
The park is blocked off from view by several plants, so it does not interfere with the batter's eye during the games.
In order to give every fan the opportunity to learn about the team's rich history, Heritage Park is open before, during and after games.
Colorado Rockies, Coors Field's Blue Moon Brewery at the Sandlot
Coors Field is usually known as a home run hitter's dream stadium, but there are other things that it deserves to be known for as well.
One such feature is the microbrewery and restaurant located past the right field stands, Blue Moon Brewery at the Sandlot.
The brewery, which has an entrance located in Coors Field, is the birthplace of the popular wheat beer, Blue Moon. The beer is now mass-produced by Coors.
A wide selection of food can also be found here. Sushi, oysters and several types of hot dogs are among the most popular choices.
Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park's Ferris Wheel
Comerica Park also features a carousel, but the Ferris wheel is by far the more interesting attraction.
Located on the third base side of the park, the Ferris wheel contains 12 cars shaped like baseballs. Each car is wheel chair accessible and can seat a maximum of five people. It stands 50-feet tall.
The Ferris wheel and carousel are both used effectively to attract younger fans to the stadium and keep them occupied while they are in attendance.
Heck, even I'd go for a ride on the Ferris wheel today just to say that I did it.
Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park's Tal's Hill
Hitting a ball out of Minute Maid Park to center field is extremely difficult. Aside from the fact that the wall is 436-feet away, there is an interesting fixture right before the wall named Tal's Hill.
The hill was named after former team president Tal Smith.
The hill makes it very difficult to play center field in Houston. It's essential to have a speedy, athletic center fielder to cover the large expanse and run up the hill at times.
The idea for the hill was taken from several other famous ballparks with natural inclines—most notably Cincinnati's Crosley Field.
In the middle of the hill is a flagpole, which is in play.
It's safe to say that the hill is disliked by most players, fans and opposing teams.
Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium's Water Spectacular
At this point in the stadium's history, we are all well aware of Kauffman Stadium's fountains. The fountains, which are located in right-center field, are referred to as the Water Spectacular.
It is the largest privately-funded fountain in the world, reaching 322-feet.
While the waterfalls are constantly flowing, the fountains themselves are on display to fans before games, after games and in-between innings.
Any baseball fan that isn't aware of these magnificent fountains soon will be, as Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium will be the host to 2012's MLB All-Star Game.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Angel Stadium of Anaheim's Rock Formation
Angel Stadium's rock formation, technically known as the "California Spectacular," is located in center field bleachers. The formation was designed to model the rocky California coastline.
It is the most recognizable of the ballpark. It contains a 90-foot geyser to go along with the rock formation.
Any ball hit out to center field and the rock formation is a respectable shot. As a result, fireworks are shot from the rocks whenever an Angel hits a home run or whenever the Angels win a home game.
There's no doubt that the likes of Mark Trumbo, Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales are aiming to hit a ball out to the rocks every time they step into the batter's box.
Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger Stadium's Earthquake Resistant Build
Dodger Stadium, or Chavez Ravine, was built to be earthquake-resistant, a very important feature for any structure in California.
This is unique as the stadium has withstood many devastating earthquakes since it was built in the late 1950's.
Dodger Stadium is the fourth-oldest ballpark in the majors, so its structural build has clearly played a role in its longevity.
While the 360-degree of Los Angeles is also an interesting feature, the intelligence behind making the stadium earthquake-proof is much more impressive.
Miami Marlins, Marlins' Park's Nightclub
Yes, the fish tank behind home plate is quite interesting.
That being said, the fact that Marlins Park has a fully functional nightclub open until 3:00 AM on game nights is astounding.
The nightclub is a replica of the Clevelander poolside bar and lounge that is located in left field. It holds about 240 guests and contains a pool, field level seats and complete table service next to the Marlins bullpen.
Tickets start at $50, however the team may start offering "standing room" tickets if the club starts to become a popular fixture of the new $600 million stadium.
Milwaukee Brewers, Miller Park's Giant Slide
Miller Park is one of the nicest stadiums in all of baseball, and its most recognizable feature is right up there with the best of them.
Bernie Brewer, the team's mascot, has his own clubhouse above the left field seats. After every Brewers home run and victory, Bernie slides down an enormous yellow slide into a home plate shaped area at the bottom.
Bernie is also one of the most famous mascots in all of baseball, right there next to Wally the Green Monster and the Phillie Phanatic.
The giant slide keeps the fun in the game, and that's the exact reason why most ballplayers started playing the game in the first place.
Minnesota Twins, Target Field's Minnie and Paul Logo
Target Field is a spectacle of a ballpark. It effectively mixes both old and new Minnesota traditions, one of which is the original Twins logo of Minnie and Paul.
During various points of the game, the surrounding strobe lights flash.
After a Twins home run, the two appear to shake hands and the Mississippi River flows.
When the Twins win, in addition to the aforementioned spectacle, the "T" and the "s" in "Twins" will blink to show the message "Twins Win."
That sign is one of the many great aspects of a fantastic stadium in Minneapolis.
New York Mets, Citi Field's Jackie Robinson Rotunda
The Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field is a nice gesture to one of the most iconic baseball legends of all time. That being said, it's definitely a bit misplaced.
He never played a single game for the Mets. That didn't matter to the team though, as this is arguably the best dedication to Robinson in baseball today.
While it is a great gesture by the Mets, it just doesn't have a place at Citi Field.
Regardless, it's probably the coolest feature at Citi Field.
New York Yankees, Yankees Stadium's Monument Park
When the Yankees moved to their new ballpark prior to the 2009 season, they decided to bring along Monument Park.
The new park is located past the wall in straight-away center field and is just below the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar.
It is built of pearl blue granite from Finland, only the finest for the greatest players in Yankees history.
The new Monument Park cannot be seen from the playing field, unlike the old one, but it is still a great feature for one the stadium of the most historic franchise in baseball.
Oakland Athletics, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum's Mount Davis
The 1996 expansion of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum featured the addition of more than 10,000 seats in the upper deck.
The purpose of these seats were to completely enclose the stadium. This eliminated the view of the Oakland hills that were previously the backdrop of the stadium.
The seats were nicknamed "Mount Davis" in mockery of former Oakland Raider's owner Al Davis.
The feature is more mind-boggling than "cool," as it actually makes the baseball configuration of the stadium feel more like a football configuration. It was rarely filled and doesn't even count in the official seating capacity of the stadium in its baseball configuration.
It's most definitely time for a new baseball stadium in Oakland.
Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park's Liberty Bell
Citizens Bank Park is located in one of the most historic cities in America. In honor of the city, the stadium is home to a gigantic Liberty Bell (50' high and 35' wide).
The bell towers 102-feet above sea level, and illuminates after every Phillies home run.
The clapper of the bell swings side-to-side independently and its neon edges light up on occasion. It also rings after every home run and Phillies victory.
It's had plenty of reasons to ring over the past several years, as Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have been hitting long balls ever since they came into the league.
Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park's View of the City Skyline
Pittsburgh's PNC Park is one of the most beautiful stadiums in all of baseball.
In right-center field, a view of the Pittsburgh city skyline is visible. It is so prominent in the design of the stadium that the Pirates' home dugout is one the third base line, just so they can view the skyline.
While there hasn't been much to cheer about in Pittsburgh over the past two decades, they've had several reasons to cheer over their beautiful ballpark.
Home runs appear as if they are launched into the city skyline when driven deep into the Pittsburgh night sky.
Ah. How touching.
San Diego Padres, Petco Park's Open Concessions
While many stadiums have open concession areas that allow fans to view the game while on line waiting to purchase some beer or hot dogs, Petco Park brought a new meaning to the term "open."
The concession areas at Petco are located outside of the stadium and are open to people who are not in attendance at the game.
Such is also the case with the park's administrative offices and other amenities.
It's a very different concept for a stadium, but one that's been pretty successful for the Padres and the city of San Diego.
San Francisco Giants, At&T Park's McCovey Cove
McCovey Cove, home to several of Barry Bonds' 762-career home runs.
The wall separating the playing field from the cove is 24-feet tall in honor of the No. 24 worn by Giants legend Willie Mays.
Upwards of 60 "splash hits" have been driven into McCovey Cove since the field opened, and kayakers often spend their free time floating in the San Francisco Bay hoping to catch the next one.
It is by far the coolest feature of AT&T Park, and that's amazing considering the fact that the park also contains an 80-foot long Coca-Cola bottle.
Seattle Mariners, Safeco Field's Public Art Displays
The Seattle Mariners decided to give credit to several artists by putting several pieces of art in the stadium and adjoining parking garage.
There's a chandelier made from the resin of 1,000 baseball bats, quilts depicting each major league logo, stainless steel cutouts of players in various baseball poses, sculptures of pitching grips on baseballs, a nine-foot tall bronze baseball glove and even a Children' Hospital Wishing Well.
The Mariners are not a very good team, and they haven't been for several years now. Regardless, they have quite a nice stadium to atone for the team's ineptness.
St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium's View of the Arch
While PNC Park gives fans on the third base side the opportunity to view the Pittsburgh skyline, Busch Stadium offers a view of the Gateway Arch to everyone in the ballpark.
Because of its size and the open area in center field, fans can catch the game and take in one of the most historic sites in St. Louis.
From behind home plate, in the bleachers or even in the grandstands, fans can view the most iconic structure in St. Louis.
Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field's Touch Tank
Located just over the right-center field fence is the Tampa Bay Rays Touch Tank. This tank is filled with cow nose rays that were taken straight from Tampa Bay's waters.
The tank is massive. It is a 10,000 gallon tank that stretches 35-feet.
The purpose of the tank is to educate people about Florida's aquatic life, while also being a fun attraction for people of all ages.
Not only do you get to see the rays up close, you get to feed them as well.
Don't try to feed the other Rays, though, as you'll likely end up being escorted out of the stadium.
Texas Rangers, the Ballpark at Arlington's Greene's Hill
Greene's Hill is a large section of turf just beyond the center field fence in Arlington.
It serves as a batter's eye for hitters, although it was originally made to be used as a picnic area. For some reason, the Rangers never initiated that goal.
Named after Arlington mayor Richard Greene in 1997, Greene's Hill has several cool traditions.
One tradition was started very recently in 2010. Whenever the Rangers score a run, four girls waving giant flags run around on the hill.
If it's a home run that caused the runs to score, then the girls generally have to watch out. If the ball landed on the hill, fans from the surrounding bleachers will run onto the grass and fight for the ball.
Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Centre's Functional Retractable Roof
The Rogers Centre was the first North American building to contain a functional retractable roof. Montreal's Olympic Stadium also had a retractable roof, though it was replaced because of operating issues.
The roof is made of four panels that are quite enormous. Each one covers 345,000 square feet.
The two middle panels slide under the northern most panel, and then the south panel rotates around the stadium to fit into the stack.
The whole rotation takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Washington Nationals, Nationals Park's Cherry Blossoms
Washington Nationals team president Stan Kasten had the idea of planting several cherry blossom trees beyond the left field bleachers in order to provide a look similar to the one that people associate with the nation's capital.
It was a great idea, as it provides a nice aesthetic touch to an already well-done ballpark.
Fans are able to walk right past the trees whenever they please. Axes are not permitted in the stadium, however, so don't try to follow in the footsteps of our nation's first president, George Washington.