After a few close votes and a few blowouts in the previous round, it’s time to move on to the Elite Eight round in the 2023 MLB Best of the Ballparks fan vote. So you know what to do: vote!
In the close votes, Target Field defeated Busch Stadium by a 53-47 percent margin, while Dodger Stadium pulled away from Truist Park by a 58-42 percent margin. All in all, the top eight seeds reached the Elite Eight. So we move on to the Elite Eight round. Receiving the most votes in the Sweet Sixteen round: PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates), Oracle Park (San Francisco Giants), Petco Park (San Diego Padres) and Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox).
Our rankings are not the result of a formal pseudo-scientific grading system, but rather recommendations based on years of attending games, seeing how the ballparks function behind the scenes, how these ballparks have made an impact in their communities, noting how ballparks are regarded within the industry and seeing how fans voted in 2022.
The rankings are very loose, so please don’t take offense if your favorite has a low seeding in these brackets. Generally speaking, we divide these rankings into three tiers: elite (the top 12), outstanding (the middle 14) and in need of work (the bottom four). In the case of the bottom four, it’s no secret that MLB teams are seeking replacements or drastic renovations.
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 at the bottom of this page in the form of brackets. Vote below:
Here is the schedule for all the 2023 Best of the Ballparks fan votes:
- Grapefruit League, Completed (winner: Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium)
- Cactus League, Completed (winner: Camelback Ranch-Glendale)
- College Baseball, Completed (Larry H. Miller Field)
- MLB, Now-April 26
- Triple-A, April 17-May 7
- Double-A, May 5-May 27
- High-A, May 19-June 11
- MLB Partner Leagues, May 24-June 9
- Single-A, May 25-June 20
- Summer Collegiate, May 29-June 23
- MLB Summer Collegiate, June 4-June 21