Over 20,000 fans voted at least once in the second round–the most ever in a single round of voting in Triple-A competitions–, and we saw several close votes decided only today, when voting closed at 2 p.m. The closest vote of the round saw Huntington Park (Columbus Clippers) prevailing by 17 votes over Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham Bulls), followed by Truist Field (Charlotte Knights) edging Isotopes Park (Albuquerque Isotopes) by just 25 votes. Receiving the most votes in the Sweet Sixteen round: Las Vegas Ballpark (Las Vegas Aviators), Louisville Slugger Field (Louisville Bats), Polar Park (Worcester Red Sox), Greater Nevada Field (Reno Aces), Southwest University Park (El Paso Chihuahuas) and Coca-Cola Park (Lehigh Valley IronPigs, coming up just short in the bracket).
As the top level of Minor League Baseball, you’d expect these ballparks to be among the finest in the pro game. And they are. This category is the most competitive in all of the minors and always generates a high level of fan interest. There’s not as much of a gap between the top and the bottom of this list as you’d expect, which means this vote will likely yield some big surprises. It always does.
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.
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, Now-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