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Stadium Travels with #BaseballJourneyman


One thing I want to begin here is reviewing ballparks that I have been to. This summer I will be going over some of the old ones that I have visited, both overseas and here at home in the United States. These will include MLB, minor league, and other stadiums that I have or will visit. Some are no longer in use so it will be a look back. Eventually I hope to make it to all MLB stadiums, and ideally most if not all of the minor league stadiums.

With this I intend to include the history of the ballparks and any little tidbits I find along with any photos that I take. Sometimes I take my camera into the park and really get some good shots, and sometimes it is just with my phone. But either way I like to walk around the park and take it all it has to offer.

I will start with the new stadiums I have/will see this summer. Those include stadiums in Washington D.C., Charlotte, Houston, and Sugar Land. I hope to add a few more new stadiums later in the summer but time will tell.

Sugar Land Skeeters – Atlantic League

Tonight I will be Tweeting from the Sugar Land Skeeters game and sharing some of the things that I see inside their Insperity Club on the 2nd level. I’m excited to see what the club has to offer, along with the rest of the stadium. I’m excited to see my first Atlantic League game. It is not my first independent league game, but with this being the highest level in independent ball I am excited to see how it plays out.

So with that I will bid you farewell for today. Over the next few days you will see some posts about stadiums. I hope you enjoy them.

Follow along with me on Twitter and share your thoughts on stadiums under hashtag #baseballjourneyman.

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Baseball’s Rise Marked By New Stadiums Worldwide


Press Release IBAF.org

“Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation.” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A fresh wave of planned or recently completed baseball and softball construction projects is set to boost the growing popularity and globalisation of the bat-and-ball sports, as well as local economies, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) officials reported. The latest developments follow historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda in early 2014.

Now, as baseball and softball’s global footprint deepens, new facilities are being rolled out in the Bahamas, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom, in addition to new-builds in mature markets like Mexico — and South Korea and Taiwan, where the first-ever domed baseball stadiums are currently taking shape.

Bahamas 

In 2015, a new national baseball stadium in the Bahamas — Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium — will be completed and “heralds rapid expansion of the game of baseball in the Bahamas,” reads a statement posted in November on the official website of the Government of the Bahamas.

Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry Christie told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony:”This is a result of the extraordinary progress of baseball in the [Bahamas], without government support, sponsored by people who had an interest, who stimulated young people…to get involved in baseball. We are now talking a benefit to the economy of the Bahamas.”

Government officials in the Bahamas indicate the state-of-the-art facility “will support the nation’s current energies to fully develop its sports tourism.”

Netherlands

Europe’s first state-of-the-art baseball and softball complex just outside Amsterdam in Hoofddorp, Netherlands was inaugurated for the 2014 season and has already hosted its first international competition. As well as attracting major baseball and softball events to the region and providing a new and exciting athlete-/fan-experience, the venue’s strategic location makes it very attractive as a regional training centre to further strengthen the development of baseball and softball in the Netherlands and in Europe.

In 2013, the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association unveiled Europe’s first baseball and softball urban playground. The innovative “urban” concept was rolled out in Rotterdam and aims to take organised baseball and softball to the street, increasing the sports’ pathway and connection with young people in non-traditional settings.

New Zealand

Last month, the Auckland Council unveiled a new crown jewel baseball facility, cited by Auckland city officials as “the first of its kind in New Zealand.” Baseball New Zealand and McLeod Park Baseball Diamond have since been awarded the hosting rights of the U18 Baseball Oceania Championship, which serves as the qualifier for the 2015 U18 WBSC Baseball World Cup. Following McLeod Park’s opening ceremonies, officials in New Zealand have already been assessing the feasibility of building baseball’s first-ever national stadium in New Zealand.

Spain

The Instituto Barcelona Deportes (Barcelona Sports Institute) announced last week that it is set to begin construction on a new sports/community project, including the roll out of a new softball field next to baseball’s Estadio Carlos Perez de Rozas on Pierre de Coubertin Street in Barcelona.

“Sport is fundamental in Barcelona, so we are committed to providing the city with sports facilities necessary to ensure constant sport and of quality,” Deputy Mayor for Quality of Life, Equality and Sports, Ms. Maite Fandos, said in a statement.

South Africa

In a joint venture, the City of Cape Town and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport announced last month the unveiling of the rebuilt Bishop Lavis Softball field, which included laser-levelling of the pitch, installation of irrigation, construction of a backstop and fence, as well as installation of floodlights to hold training and competitions in the evenings.

“We are committed to providing facilities which will encourage communities to participate in sport and will nurture young talent. Sport encourages young people to live healthy and keeps them involved in wholesome activities and off the street,” the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Alderman Belinda Walker, said in a statement.

United Kingdom

Following the first-ever dedicated baseball/softball stadium in the U.K. with Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex built last year in Slough, BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) recently announced plans to build a new baseball and softball facility in Manchester to promote the sports and bolster participation numbers in the North of England. As growth has taken off in the U.K., including the newest facility inaugurated in Essex, John Boyd, BSUK Joint CEO, announced in November a project to expand the Farnham complex to include another international-standard baseball field.

WBSC on Baseball/Softball’s Continued Trend of Global Growth

WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari hailed the wave of initiatives as a major boost for the positioning of baseball and softball as one of the world’s leading global sports, particularly as WBSC and its partners continue working toward a return of baseball and softball in the Olympic Games.

“Our sport has entered into a new era of globalisation,” said the world governing body president. “More and more clubs, communities, cities and nations are investing in the development of baseball and softball because it is being recognised that baseball and softball are proven and popular sporting and fan activities that engage young people across both genders as well as sponsors and broadcasters, and can help to stimulate economies.

“WBSC, our National Federations, our professional league partners and the youth leagues are heavily invested in promoting our sport around the world to attract and reach — and remain relevant to — the next generation of athletes and sport fans, alike. This recognition and support from governmental institutions to help drive growth marks a significant breakthrough for our sport in terms of universality and evolving into a truly global sport.”

Based on data compiled, the WBSC estimates that over 65 million athletes practice the sport of baseball and softball in over 140 countries, with youth and females making up the majority of the participation-demographic.

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Independent Baseball League Stadium Ratings Part 2


We are back with Part 2 of our ratings. This time we take a look at the American Association, United League Baseball, and Pecos League. Not all of the stadiums for these leagues are available via StadiumJourney.com, so we are basing it on what we do have.

There are a few other leagues we did not factor into our ratings. First of all, the Freedom Pro League plays at some of the Arizona Spring Training fields so we did not rank them. The newly formed Independent Baseball League had no stadiums rated via Stadium Journey. It looks as thought they are playing at municipal and local high school fields and if they were in the rankings, they would probably be last based on some of the photos I have seen.

All of the ratings come from StadiumJourney.com. The ratings take into account different aspects including atmosphere, food, and even bang for your buck. Click on any team name to view the Stadium Journey rating for each one, see some stadium photos, and see why each has the rating it does.

American Association – The AA is located throughout the US from Texas to Minnesota. It is one of the more established leauges, but there are rumors a few teams may bolt next year due to travel costs.

Amarillo Sox (3.6) – The Sox play at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium. The stadium is old (opened in 1949) and has featured teams in many different leagues over the years. It seems the stadium gets a higher score due to some great fans and good value.

Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks (3.3) – The Redhawks play at Newman Outdoor Field which is also home to the North Dakota State Bison. The stadium opened in 1996 and is better known as “The Nest”.

Gary SouthShore RailCats (3.1) – The RailCats play at U.S. Steel Yard. It holds 6,000 people and opened in 2002.

Grand Prairie AirHogs (3.0) – The AirHogs play at Quick Trip Park which opened in 2008. With a capacity of just over 5,400, this is a nice place to catch a game. Afterwards you can walk on over to Lone Star Park and bet on the horses if you wish.

Kansas City T-Bones (3.7) – The T-Bones play at Community America Park which opened in 2003. With a capacity of over 6,500 it is one of the bigger stadiums in the league but not the biggest.

Lincoln Saltdogs (4.0) – The Saltdogs play at Haymarket Park which is also home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The park was built in 2001 and holds 8,500 fans which is the biggest stadium in the AA.

Sioux City Explorers (3.3) – The Explorers play at Lewis & Clark Park which opened in 1993. The Explorers were one of the Northern League teams when the league was reborn in 1993. The stadium has a capacity of over 3,600.

Sioux Falls Canaries (2.9) – The Canaries, formerly known as the Pheasants, play at Sioux Falls Stadium. The stadium was built in 1941 but was renovated as recently as 2000. It holds 4,500 people and is known as the “Birdcage”.

St. Paul Saints (4.0) – The Saints play at Midway Stadium which was built in 1982. It holds a little over 6,300 and is known more for what goes on on the field than the actual stadium.

Winnipeg Goldeyes (4.0) – The Goldeyes play at Shaw Park and is the only team in the AA from Canada. The team has played in Winnipeg since 1994 but only at Shaw Park since 1999. The stadium holds almost 7,500

Average score (two stadiums have not been reviewed) 3.49

Can-Am League – The Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball sits now as just a four team league. The league has two teams in each the US and Canada.

New Jersey Jackals (3.1) – The Jackals play at Yogi Berra Stadium which was built in 1998. With a capacity of just over 3,700, the stadium has seen the Jackals compete in three different leagues.

Rockland Boulders (3.3) – The Boulders play at Provident Bank Park which was built in 2011. The new stadium holds 4,500 people.

Average score (two stadiums have not been reviewed) 3.2

United League Baseball – The ULB is located in Texas with four teams and three stadiums (one travel team). A few of the teams are well established including one that plays on historic grounds.

Ft. Worth Cats (3.0) – The Cats play at historic La Grave Field. It has been rebuilt but on the same spot where many historic figures have played in the past. The stadium is nice, but nothing spectacular, sitting just outside of downtown Ft. Worth.

San Angelo Colts (3.0) – The Colts play at Foster Field which is also home to the Angelo State Rams. Built in 2000 it seats 4,200 and features Triple-A lighting. It is a bit more state of the art than some of the other ULB stadiums.

Rio Grande Valley White Wings (2.3) – The White Wings play at Harlingen Field. It is an older park that has undergone numerous renovations but doesn’t really add anything extra to the equation.

Edinburg Roadrunners (2.4) – This stadium is no longer used in the ULB but was in the past when the Roadrunners played at Edinburg Stadium.

Average score (without defunct stadium/team) 2.76

Pecos League – The Pecos League started in 2010 and features teams in the Southwest of the US in parts of New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. Most of the parks are city fields and not built specifically for professional baseball.

Trinidad Triggers (2.6) – The Triggers might be most famous for their show on Fox Sports 1 that shows the team in the low minors. They play at Central Park that was built in 1960 and holds 887.

Las Cruces Vaqueros (2.3) – The team and field are no longer used by the Pecos League.

Average score (without defunct stadium/team) 2.6

Final Rankings:

1. Atlantic League 3.65
2. Frontier League 3.53
3. American Association 3.49
4. Can-Am League 3.2
5. United League Baseball 2.76
6. Pecos League 2.6
*Independent Baseball League and Freedom Pro League not rated

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the ratings?

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Independent Baseball League Stadium Ratings Part 1


Independent baseball leagues often get overlooked when fans are looking to spend their  money. However, sometimes they are a great deal and ,depending on the league, there are some really nice stadiums that fans can see. I have been fascinated with indy leagues since reading a few books on them. So I thought we could look at some of the indy league stadiums and see which league has the best ones to visit.

All of the ratings come from StadiumJourney.com. The ratings take into account different aspects including atmosphere, food, and even bang for your buck. Click on any team name to view the Stadium Journey rating for each one, see some stadium photos, and see why each has the rating it does.

Atlantic League – The Atlantic League is generally regarded as the best indy league based on the former MLB talent that the leagues higher salaries tends to bring in. They also have some of the finest stadiums in independent baseball.

Lancaster Barnstormers (3.4) – The Barnstormers play at Clipper Magazine Stadium which was built in 2005. The capacity is 6,000

Bridgeport Bluefish (2.9) – The Bluefish play at The Ballpark at Harbor Park which opened in 1998. It is one of the older stadiums and has the lowest rating among the Atlantic League teams. It has a capacity of 5,300.

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (3.9) – The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium built in 2008. The stadium holds 4,200 sitting not too far outside of Washington D.C.

Camden Riversharks (4.0) – The Riversharks play at Campbell’s Field. The stadium opened in 2001 since the team’s inception.  It holds just over 6,400.

Long Island Ducks (4.0) – The Ducks, one of the more famous indy teams coming off back-to-back championships, play at Bethpage Ballpark. The park opened in 2000 and holds just over 6,000 people.

Sugar Land Skeeters (4.1) – The Skeeters, one of the newest indy teams, play at Constellation Field. The stadium opened in 2012 and holds 7.500 fans. It also stands as the league’s best ballpark.

York Revolution (3.3) – The Revolution play at Santander Stadium which was built in 2007. The stadium features a retro manual scoreboard and seats 5,200.

Average score (no score for the Somerset Patriots) 3.65

Frontier League – Based out of the Midwest, the Frontier League features fourteen teams and thirteen stadiums (one travel team). The league formed in 1993.

Evansville Otters (4.1) – The Otters play at Bosse Field that opened in 1915. It is the third oldest stadium still in regular use behind Fenway and Wrigley. It was also home to the 1991 movie A League of Their Own.

Florence Freedom (3.9) – The Freedom play at UCMC Stadium. It opened in 2004 and holds 4,500 people.

Lake Erie Crushers (3.1) – The Crushers play at All Pro Freight Stadium which opened in 2009. A newer stadium it holds 5,000.

Southern Illinois Miners (3.6) – The Miners play at Rent One Park. Located in tiny Marion, population 17,000, the stadium was built in 2007 and can hold nearly half of the city with a capacity of 7,000.

Traverse City Beach Bums (3.7) – The Beach Bums play at Wuerful Park which opened in 2006. With one of the best looking entrances, it looks like a beach house, the stadium holds just over 4,600.

Washington Wild Things (3.4) – The Wild Things play at CONSOL Energy Park built in 2002. The stadium hold 5,000.

Gateway Grizzlies (4.0) – The Grizzlies play at GCS Ballpark just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The park holds 6,000 fans and routinely they place high in the attendance standings.

Joliet Slammers (3.3) – The Slammers play at Silver Cross Field. The stadium opened in 2002 and holds around 6,000 people.

Normal CornBelters (3.3) – The CornBelters play at The Corn Crib. The stadium opened in 2010 and its seems everything there is corn themed. It holds 7,000 fans.

River City Rascals (3.9) – The Rascals play at T.R. Hughes Ballpark which opened in 1999. With a capacity at just over 3,600, the stadium has seen some interesting events including a home run derby between Albert Pujols and Shaquille O’Neal.

Rockford Aviators (3.1) – The Aviators play at Aviators Stadium which opened in 2006. It holds just over 4,200 fans.

Schaumburg Boomers (3.3) – The Boomers play at Boomers Stadium that was built in 1999. The stadium holds a little over 7,300.

Windy City Thunderbolts (3.3) – The Thunderbolts play at Standard Bank Stadium. Built in 1999, it holds a little more than 3,100.

Average score 3.53

Part 2 will be posted tomorrow and will include a few more leagues including the American Association, United League Baseball, and the Pecos League.

What do you think? Do you agree with these ratings? What is your favorite independent league stadium?

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#Blogathon: Must See Baseball Stadiums


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A few hours ago I told you about a few stadiums I really want to see. Now I’m going to tell you about a few stadiums that I love. If you haven’t seen a game here, do it.

5. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, Pensacola, FL

This is a great minor league stadium. It sits right on the water and its beautiful. There isn’t much else in the area aside from the beach, but if you are ever there, take in a game.

4. Munhak Stadium, Incheon, South Korea

Home of the SK Wyverns of the KBO. This is the best stadium in Korea and has a lot of the luxuries you would find in a stadium in the States.

3. The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX

This is what I’ve always considered as my home park. I’ve seen so many games here, and I love it. It’s a great place to see a game. Just don’t go in August when the weather is really freaking hot.

The last two go without saying.

2. Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

1. Fenway Park, Boston MA

Where have you seen a game that you loved?

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#Blogathon: Baseball Stadiums I Really Want to See


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I love seeing new baseball stadiums. I love walking around it for the first time, searching out for unique foods, and checking to see what local beers they might sell. A goal of mine is to see all 30 MLB stadiums (I’m currently at 7), but I’d also like to see as many minor league parks as I can.

That is only the start of what I’d like to see. I want to tour Japan, Taiwan, and many of the leagues in Europe. All in due time.

However, some stadiums stand out more than others. I mean I want to see the Oakland Coliseum, but its not near the top of the list.

So here are the ones I’d like to see the most.

5.  Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD

This is the one that started the whole retro stadium craze. I love the old retro stadiums and would love to see a game in Baltimore.

4. Kaufman Stadium, Kansas City, MO

I’ve wanted to see this for some time now. I love the waterfall in the outfield and with the history there, it just seems like a cool place to visit.

3. Mazda Stadium, Hiroshima, Japan

I want to see all the stadiums in Japan, but this one really interests me.

2. AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

The park by the bay. This is one of the most picturesque parks and I can’t wait to get out there and see it.

1. PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

I’ve wanted to see this stadium for a long time. I think I might have missed my chance to view it in near silence as the Pirates are winning again.

What stadium do you want to see the most?

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Nashville Mayor Proposes Plan to Build New Baseball Stadium at Historic Sulphur Dell


The Nashville Sounds could have a new home in 2015. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s administration has proposed a plan to build an $80 million development on the old Sulphur Dell site. Included in the project is $30 million for a new Sounds stadium.

The development would also include a parking garage and a residential development. However, the team is cautiously optimistic.

Plans in the past, including one in 2007 to build a ballpark on the river downtown, blew up. However, under new ownership and with a new mayor perhaps the plan to bring baseball back to the historic site will come through.

Sulphur Dell is the original home of baseball in Nashville. Baseball was played on the site shortly after the Civil War. A field, called Athletic Park, was built in 1870 and a grandstand added in 1885 when the Nashville Americans of the Southern League called it home.

It wasn’t until legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice referred to the park as Sulpher Spring Dell that the name began to change. Eventually it was shortened to just Sulpher Dell.

The field was known for its sloping outfield that had a steep incline all along the outfield wall.

Minor league teams played at Sulpher Dell for years through 1963. The last team to play were the Nashville Vols who played in the Atlantic League in 1963. However, due to poor attendance and financial problems the team was forced to leave.

The stadium sat vacant without a minor league team until it was torn down in 1969. And Nashville was without a team from 1964 to 1977 until the Nashville Sounds came to town.

The talks for the new ballpark are still in the early stages, but the Sounds are in dire need of an upgraded facility who play in the outdated Herschel Greer Stadium.

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Stadium Journey Ranks Japanese Baseball Stadiums


I love lists. I love to see people ranking things whether it’s movies, songs, or stadiums. And our friends over at StadiumJourney.com have released an interesting list Ranking the Stadiums of Japanese Baseball.

At the top of their list is Koshien Stadium the home of the Hanshin Tigers.

I have not visited any of the stadiums in Japan, but its very high on my list of baseball related things to do. I was still surprised to see that Koshien Stadium, which is the oldest stadium, at the top of the list.

But if  you read the full review, just click on each of the stadium names, you’ll see that the atmosphere and fans rank very high making the score of the stadium rise.

One thing I wasn’t surprised was that the Tokyo Dome ranked pretty low. Just from watching games on TV there, I’ve never thought much of it. It never really struck me as a must see place. Pretty much the only reason to go there, is to see the historic Yomiuri Giants.

I was also pleased to see that most of the domes ranked low. I’m not a huge fan of domed stadiums. I understand in some places its a must to have a dome, or at the very least a retractable roof. But domes are not as fun to watch games in. I’ve been to a few and I’d much rather see a game outside.

So head on over and check out the list. If you’ve been to a stadium or two, be sure to let us know if you agree with the rankings or not.

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Holiday Gift Idea – Stadium Journey Magazine


Thinking of holiday gift ideas can sometimes be a little bit difficult. Some people seem to have everything, but I’ve got an idea for you this holiday season – a subscription to Stadium Journey Magazine.

Stadium Journey Magazine is relatively new magazine that has done a great job covering sports all over the world. This is a great treat for the sports enthusiast.

The latest addition features 11 hidden gems of sports. There are some great places all over the world in the sports world that are often overlooked, and nobody does it better than Stadium Journey.

Stadium Journey is the leading website for information on stadiums around the world. With coverage from the US, to Europe, to Asia they have you covered in just about every sport. The magazine is just an extension of the great website the guys there have put together. It should be the first stop for anyone who is making the journey to a stadium for the first time.

The magazine is well written as well. With issues covering different sports depending on time of year, the magazine is a much have for any sports enthusiast. You can get it digitally or have it delivered to your door. A year of the magazine delivered to your home or office is only a modest $39.99 or get the digital edition for a year for under $10.

You can subscribe today or pick up a few back issues at Stadium Journey. While you are there, check out some of the great reviews that have been posted.

*Full disclosure – I write for the website Stadium Journey and have contributed an article to the magazine, but I receive no commission for you purchasing a subscription. I support this product not because I write for them, but because it is a quality product that I think my readers will enjoy.

 

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13 Things to do in Baseball for 2013


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where to travel to see baseball next year in 2013 when my contract is up in South Korea. Since I love lists, I thought I would create a list of 13 things to do in ’13. But since I can’t decide yet on whether to travel in the US or Europe, I’ll do a list for each.

Today is the USA list. So here we go:

13 for ’13

1. See all 30 MLB Stadiums
2. See the movie set of Field of Dreams
3. Visit the Hall of Fame
4. Visit Rickwood Field
5. Visit the Negro Leagues Hall of Fame
6. See a game at the College World Series
7. See a Minnesota Town Ball game
8. Participate in Baseball ‘Round the Clock at the NBC World Series
9. Tailgate at a game in Milwaukee
10. See a game at each level of professional baseball
11. See a top 10 college team play
12. Watch the Midnight Sun Game in Alaska
13. Throw out a first pitch

I think everything on the list is doable. The only one that might become a problem is throwing out a first pitch somewhere.

A little over a year ago I created a 40 by 40 list of things to do before I am 40. Sadly, I’ll have just 4 years to do as many as I can very soon. Time to get moving on the list I guess.

What would be on your list for 2013?

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Introduction to #BaseballJourney


Along with running Baseball de World, I have run the website BaseballJourneyman.com for the last couple of years. The site is my personal site where I talk baseball and document my baseball travels.

In early 2013, I will return home to the States and begin traveling. Over the next 8 months, I’ll begin to plan my trip and I’d love your feedback. I’ll be posting articles here under the heading #BaseballJourney which I will also use as a hash tag on Twitter.

The problem is I don’t know where to travel.

By the time I return home, I will have been away for 2 years and 3 years of the last 3.5. So, I am debating whether to do my traveling in the US or heading back overseas after a short time at home to see Europe.

Both have their pluses and minuses.

Europe Positives:
1.See new countries
2. Experience new cultures
3. See baseball in different environments
4. Might be cheaper than US Travel

USA Positives:
1. It’s home and I haven’t spent much time there the past few years
2. I’ve always dreamed of seeing every MLB stadium
3. I’d get to see my family and friends
4. I’d be back in a country that speaks English
5. I’d get to see a lot of the country I’ve never seen

I’m really torn, but as much as I want to see Europe I am leaning toward a USA trip. Simply because its what I have dreamed off and planned so many times over the last decade and now I have a chance to do it.

If I did a USA Trip, I would plan to see:
All 30 MLB Stadiums
Hall of Fame and other museums
Baseball on every level – little league, high school, college, minors, etc…
Misc. baseball sites like the Field of Dreams movie set
Plus there are national parks to see that I’ve never been to

The main problem with the USA trip is the cost. I don’t have a car anymore so I would need to buy one thatwould get me around the country. The other main costs I think would be housing. I can save money by staying in cheap hotels, hostels, camping, and doing some couch surfing as well.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Stadiums: Mokdong Baseball Stadium – Seoul, South Korea


Today we bring you one of the newer stadiums in South Korea, Sajik Baseball Stadium home of the NEXEN Heroes. We always want to hear stories of your favorite or least favorite stadiums. Leave us a comment below or visit us on Facebook.

Mokdong Baseball Stadium, located in Seoul, is home to the NEXEN Heroes of the KBO.

In addition to being home to the NEXEN Heroes, the stadium also hosts several large high school tournaments each year. Since 2008, it has hosted the Golden Lion Flag National High School Baseball Tournament, President’s Cup National High School Baseball Championship, and the Blue Dragon Flag National High School Baseball Tournament.

Built in 1989, the stadium holds around 18,000 despite not having any seating beyond the outfield wall.

Stadium Dimensions:

  • Left Field 98 m (321 ft)
  • Center Filed 118 m (387 ft)
  • Right Field 98 m (321 ft)

Below are some photos I took on a trip to see a NEXEN Heroes game at Mokdong Baseball Stadium.

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

Outside of the stadium

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

From behind home plate

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

View from right field foul pole

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

View from the left field foul pole

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

Cheering on the Heroes

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

Game snack - dukbokki

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

Under the lights

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Stadiums: Jamsil Baseball Stadium – Seoul, South Korea


Today we bring you another stadium from South Korea, Jamsil Baseball Stadium home of the LG Twins and Doosan Bears. We always want to hear stories of your favorite or least favorite stadiums. Leave us a comment below or visit us on Facebook.

The stadium opened in 1982 and hosted the baseball events during the 1988 Olympics. This gives it the added attraction of being in Olympic park where you will find statues, art work, and the Olympic stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies were held nearby.

Jamsil Stadium is the biggest in the KBO holding just over 30,000 people. Like other KBO stadiums it has a symmetrical field, but it also has a bigger field than the rest of the league.

Stadium Dimensions:

  • Left Field 100 m (328 ft)
  • Center Field 121 m (397 ft)
  • Right Field 100 m (328 ft)

Below are pictures I took on a trip to a LG Twins game at Jamsil Stadium.

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Home of the LG Twins (and Doosan Bears)

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Next door is the Olympic Stadium used in 1988

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

View from the right field foul pole

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Looking in from center field

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Game Action

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

View down left field line

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Cheering on the visiting Eagles

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Lots of LG Twins fans

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

From high above home plate

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

The Jumbotron

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

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Stadiums: Sajik Baseball Stadium – Busan, South Korea


Today we bring you the “Mecca for Baseball” in South Korea, Sajik Baseball Stadium home of the Lotte Giants. We always want to hear stories of your favorite or least favorite stadiums. Leave us a comment below or visit us on Facebook.

The Giants have won the title 2 tiems but not since 1992.  They are one of the more popular teams in Korea and dominated the 2010 All-Star team by placing 8 on the starting team for the East.

Built in 1985, Sajik holds 28,500 people and is a nice stadium by KBO standards.

The stadium is very nice for Korean standards, but lacking by western standards.  The best part of watching games in Busan is the cool nights.  With it being on the coast, it is usually cooler than other parts of the country.

I highly recommend anyone in Busan to take in a game.  The excitement of the stadium is electrifying and Giants fans never stop cheering on their team.

Stadium Dimensions:

  • Left Field 95 m (312 ft)
  • Center Field 118 m (387 ft)
  • Right Field 95 m (312 ft)

Below are some photos I took at Sajik Baseball Stadium.

Sajik Baseball Stadium Busan, South Korea

Me and the Lotte Giants Mascot

Sajik Baseball Stadium Busan, South Korea

Rally Bags?

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Stadiums: Munhak Baseball Stadium – Incheon, South Korea


Today we bring you easily the best and newest stadium in South Korea, Munhak Baseball Stadium home of the SK Wyverns. We always want to hear stories of your favorite or least favorite stadiums. Leave us a comment below or visit us on Facebook.

The stadium was built in 2001 and holds 28,500 people.  Maybe a little small for MLB standards, but this one is nice no matter what league you play in.  The stadium has all the amenities you would normally find in a professional stadium, plus a few extras.  Above the left field stands is a small grassy area where families can spread a blanket and have picnics. In the right field stands there is an area where you can have BBQs.   Two large video boards sit in above the outfield seats and bring you all the information and highlights you need.  The hitters background in center field is a tree lined area where a fountain will go off when a Wyverns player hits a home run.

Stadium Dimensions:

  • Left Field 95 m (312 ft)
  • Center Field 120 m (394 ft)
  • Right Field 95 m (312 ft)

Below are some photos I took during games at Munhak Baseball Stadium:

Munhak Baseball Stadium

View from CF Munhak Baseball Stadium

With the SK Wyverns Mascot

SK Wyverns #1 Fan

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Stadiums: Moodeung Stadium – Gwangju, South Korea


Our next stadium comes from Gwangju, South Korea home of the Kia Tigers.  We always want to hear stories of your favorite or least favorite stadiums. Leave us a comment below or visit us on Facebook.

Kia plays at Moodeung Stadium in Gwangju.  The stadium was built in 1961 and seats just under 14,000 fans.

It’s a small stadium and very old.  Without a doubt it is the worst professional stadium I have ever seen anywhere.  It is an old concrete monstrosity with seats falling apart and no sign of anything being upgraded in the past 30 years.  Given that, it is a small stadium so every seat in the house has a good view of the game.

Stadium Dimensions:

  • Left Field 99 m (325 ft)
  • Center Field 120 m (394 ft)
  • Right Field 99 m (325 ft)

Below are some photos I took during games at Moodeung Baseball Stadium:

Moodeung Stadium Kia Tigers

Moodeung Stadium home of the Kia Tigers

Moodeung Stadium Kia Tigers

Moodeung Stadium home of the Kia Tigers

Moodeung Stadium Kia Tigers

Moodeung Stadium home of the Kia Tigers

Moodeung Stadium Kia Tigers

The two guys I watched the game with

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Korean Jokbal

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Stadiums: Daejeon Baseball Stadium – Daejeon, South Korea


Our next stadium comes again from South Korea and is home to the Hanwha Eagles. We always want to hear stories of your favorite or least favorite stadiums. Leave us a comment below or visit us on Facebook.

Daejeon Baseball Stadium, located in Daejeon, is home to the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO.

The stadium is one of the older stadiums in the KBO and holds just under 14,000 people. The stadium has been the home of the Eagles since their inception in 1986 when they were the Binggre Eagles.

Like the rest of the KBO, Daejeon Baseball Stadium has symmetrical dimensions.

Stadium Dimensions:

  • Left Field 97 m (318 ft)
  • Center Field 114 m (374 ft)
  • Right Field 97 m (318 ft)

Below are some photos I took on a trip to Daejeon Baseball Stadium.

Daejeon Baseball Stadium

Home of the Hanwha Eagles

Daejeon Baseball Stadium

View from left field foul pole

Daejeon Baseball Stadium

Looking down from behind home plate

Daejeon Baseball Stadium

Cheering on the Eagles

Daejeon Baseball Stadium

Looking in from center field

Daejeon Baseball Stadium

Hanwha Eagles Mascot

Daejeon Baseball Stadium

Game Time

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Stadiums: Daegu Baseball Stadium – Daegu, South Korea


Over the next few months we hope to bring you information on stadiums around the world.  We’d love to hear your stories about any of these stadiums. Feel free to leave us a comment below and let us know your experiences. We will start with stadiums in South Korea, and our first comes to us from Daegu.

Daegu Baseball Stadium has been the home of the Samsung Lions since 1982. It is a multi-use facility primarily used for baseball.

The stadium was built in 1948 and holds 13,941. The playing surface has changed from grass (open-1994), to Astroturf (1995-2006), to the present day field turf.

The stadium also holds the annual Daebung Flag National High School Baseball Championship (1979-present).

Stadium Dimensions:

  • Right Field – 99 m (325 ft)
  • Left Field – 99 m (325 ft)
  • Center Field – 120 m (394 ft)

Below are some photos I took during games at Daegu Baseball Stadium:

Daegu Baseball Stadium

View from outside the stadium

Daegu Baseball Stadium

Fans gather outside the stadium before a game

Daegu Baseball Stadium

View from center field

Daegu Baseball Stadium

View down the right field line

Daegu Baseball Stadium

View of the outfield stands

Daegu Baseball Stadium

View down the left field line

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