Upsets once again ruled the day in the short-season A Best of the Ballparks competition, as Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field and Monongalia County Ballpark are the two finalists.
Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field (Williamsport Crosscutters) has been the obvious fan favorite in this competition, rolling past higher-seeded ballparks — including Ripken Stadium (Aberdeen IronBirds) to reach the finals. In the other bracket, Monongalia County Ballpark (West Virginia Black Bears) was chosen by fans over Centennial Field (Vermont Lake Monsters).
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Voting for this round is now closed.
Here is our ranking of short-season A ballparks:
1. MCU Park (Brooklyn Cyclones; NYP)
2. Ron Tonkin Field (Hillsboro Hops; NWL)
3. Medlar Field at Lubrano Park (State College Spikes; NYP)
4. Nat Bailey Stadium (Vancouver Canadians; NWL)
5. Ripken Stadium (Aberdeen IronBirds; NYP)
6. Centennial Field (Vermont Lake Monsters; NYP)
7. Monongalia County Ballpark (West Virginia Black Bears; NYP)
8. PK Park (Eugene Emeralds; NWL)
9. Joseph L. Bruno Stadium (Tri-City ValleyCats; NYP)
10. Avista Stadium (Spokane Indians; NWL)
11. Richmond County Bank Ballpark (Staten Island Yankees; NYP)
12. Dodd Stadium (Connecticut Tigers; NYP)
13. Dutchess Stadium (Hudson Valley Renegades; NYP)
14. LeLacheur Park (Lowell Spinners; NYP)
15. Volcanoes Stadium (Salem-Keizer Volcanoes; NWL)
16. Eastwood Field (Mahoning Valley Scrappers; NYP)
17. Bowman Field (Williamsport Crosscutters; NYP)
18. Everett Memorial Stadium (Everett AquaSox; NWL)
19. Gesa Stadium (Tri-City Dust Devils; NWL)
20. Memorial Stadium (Boise Hawks; NWL)
21. Falcon Park (Auburn Doubledays; NYP)
22. Dwyer Stadium (Batavia Muckdogs; NYP)
Results are listed by percentage of votes cast.