It’s Travis Field (Brazos Valley Bombers) vs. Pit Spitters Park (Traverse City Pit Spitters) in the finals of the 2019 summer-collegiate Best of the Ballparks fan vote. So go out and decide on the champion!
Both facilities turned out the fans in the semifinals: Travis Field won over Kokomo Municipal Stadium (Kokomo Jackrabbits) by a 54-46 percent margin, and Pit Spitters Park won by a 58-42 percent margin over Herr-Baker Field (Fond du Lac Dock Spiders). Almost 6,000 fans voted in the semifinal round; to date, 582,046 fans have weighed in the overall Best of the Ballparks fan vote. So it’s Texas Collegiate League vs. Northwoods League in the final.
There is an amazingly wide variety of ballparks used in summer-collegiate leagues across the United States and Canada. We began with 64 noteworthy summer-collegiate ballparks, ranging from WPA facilities and ballparks hosting Negro Leagues games to former Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A ballparks. (Yes, we did take history into account when compiling this list.) We began this competition with last year’s winner–Corbett Field, home of the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs–and randomly generated the rest of the brackets. With over 20,000 voters participating, the second round of voting narrowed the field to 16.
We know from marketing stats that 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.
We are running the contest with seeded brackets, so there will be plenty of action in coming days. Here’s our schedule for the Best of the Ballparks 2019 summer-collegiate vote:
First Round: Completed
Second Round: Completed
Third Round: Completed
Fourth Round: Completed
Fifth Round: Completed
Final Round: Now – July 23, end of day
Here’s our schedule for Best of the Ballparks 2019 vote:
MLB: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates
Low A: Parkview Field, Fort Wayne TinCaps
High A: LECOM Park, Bradenton Marauders
Class AA: Hodgetown, Amarillo Sod Poodles
Class AAA: Las Vegas Ballpark, Las Vegas Aviators
Short Season A: Gesa Stadium, Tri-City Dust Devils
Rookie: Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park, Pulaski Yankees
Independent: Impact Field, Chicago Dogs
Summer Collegiate: Now-July 23
Some things to note. First, you are allowed to vote multiple times, but you can only vote once per day. Second, you don’t need to fill out a full slate: partially filled lineups will count. A running tally of the vote will be presented. Signing up for the Ballpark Digest newsletter means you’ll receive regular updates on the votes.