Thousand and thousands of spring-training fans have spoken and we’re down to the two finalists in the Best of the Ballparks, Grapefruit League competition, with McKechnie Field squaring off against Ed Smith Stadium. Vote today!
The previous round of voting saw fans assert their independence with two variations from our seedings: fans chose Ed Smith Stadium (spring home of the Baltimore Orioles), the #5 seed, over our #1 seed, JetBlue Park (spring home of the Boston Red Sox), by a 58%-42% margin, and McKechnie Field (spring home of the Pittsburgh Pirates) over Bright House Field (spring home of the Philadelphia Phillies) by a 64%-36% tally.
That bring us to a final vote. We’re combining efforts with our sister site Spring Training Online to launch this tourney. We’ve set up the voting in brackets, tournament style. We included and ranked all 14 Grapefruit League MLB ballparks, beginning with JetBlue Park and Bright House Field on the top and Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and Space Coast Stadium on the bottom. Our ratings are based on a number of soft criteria, but it’s all centered on a simple proposition: what facility offers the best fan experience? This is, of course, all relative: honestly, the difference between the top ballparks on this ranking isn’t all that great, and you could argue a totally plausible ranking using your own criteria that differs greatly from this one.
Below you’ll find a form for submitting your votes (desktop users see the entire slate; mobile users see one poll question at a time). Only one vote from a device or PC counts; you’re welcome to vote over and over and over again, but the system filters out multiple votes from an IP address, so that effort will be for naught.
Voting in this round has ended.
We know from our marketing/user research stats a third of our readers work in the baseball industry, so we’re tapping into that collective expertise. And we know from our research that a third of our readers sell to the baseball industry, so that expertise will be valuable as well. The remaining third — fans, media, government — will certainly have a different view on things as well. We can’t wait to see what our readers — whom we consider to be the smartest folks in baseball — say about the best of the ballparks.
Here is our ranking of Grapefruit League ballparks.
- JetBlue Park
- Bright House Field
- McKechnie Field
- Hammond Stadium
- Ed Smith Stadium
- Charlotte Sports Park
- Joker Marchant Stadium
- Champion Stadium
- Steinbrenner Field
- Roger Dean Stadium
- Tradition Field
- Osceola County Stadium
- Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
- Space Coast Stadium
Here are the brackets.
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