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The top stories of 2009, chosen by readers

Here are the top stories of 2009, as measured by page views.

It was a great year for ballpark fans, with several new and renovated facilities opening their doors in 2009. No surprise, then, that the most popular stories of the year were mostly related to new ballparks. Here are the most popular stories of the year, as measured by page views.

Ballpark Visit: Huntington Park / Columbus Clippers It wasn't even close. Everyone wanted to learn more about what we concluded was the best new ballpark of the 2009 season.

2009 BPD Logos of the Year: Fort Wayne and Shreveport-Bossier Everyone, it seemed, agreed with our choice of the TinCaps logo, but some readers took exception to the selection of the new Captains logo. We stand by it: the new logo was an integral part of the franchise's new identity — a change that paid many dividends in the box office.

Fenway Park / Boston Red Sox You can't go wrong with stories about Fenway Park.

Florida Winter Baseball League launches with four teams Sadly, the league didn't last a full season.

Ballpark Visit: Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps Any other season and Parkview Field would have been our ballpark of the year. It still was a tremendous accomplishment.

Goodyear Ballpark / Cleveland Indians Cleveland shifts to the Cactus League successfully.

Grizzlies unveil three alt uni designs for 2009 Fresno has become a promotional machine, and the use of alt uni designs shows why.

Charlotte County Sports Park / Tampa Bay Rays / Charlotte Stone Crabs An underrated ballpark renovation, which was a tremendous success: The Rays were the only team to sell every seat in Spring Training 2009.

Bowling Green Ballpark / Bowling Green Hot Rods Another underrated new ballpark.

Ballpark Preview: ONEOK Field / Tulsa Drillers Tulsa and Minnesota should lead the way in new-ballpark openings in 2010.

First look: Gwinnett Stadium, Gwinnett Braves Another strong new ballpark.

Specifics of Mellencamp/Dylan/Nelson tour announced We were the first to break the news about what became another big ballpark musical tour.

Marlins break ground on new ballpark; release ballpark renderings The Marlins finally got their new ballpark.

Ballpark Visit: Aces Ballpark, the home of the Reno Aces We really liked this new ballpark.

Camelback Ranch: Setting the new standard for spring-training complexes Another winner of a Ballpark Digest Award.

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