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It’s Sweet Sixteen time in Best of the Ballparks, MLB Partner Leagues

Ballpark Digest squareWith several brackets decided by a handful of votes, we’re moving on to the Sweet Sixteen round of the Best of the Ballparks fan vote for MLB Partner Leagues facilities.

We always warn that every vote counts, and that was especially true in the first round of voting, with multiple competitions decided by a very slim margin: Clover Stadium (New York Boulders) over Lindquist Field (Ogden Raptors) by three votes, Regency Furniture Stadium (Southern Maryland Blue Crabs) over Impact Field (Chicago Dogs) by six votes, Grizzlies Ballpark (Gateway Grizzlies) over The Depot at Cleburne (Cleburne RailRoaders) by eight votes, and GoMart Ballpark (Charleston Dirty Birds) over Dehler Park (Billings Mustangs) by 11 votes.

We also saw a few notable upsets: #2 seed Franklin Field (Milwaukee Milkmen) was edged by #31 seed SIUH Community Park (Staten Island FerryHawks) and #5 seed UCHealth Park (Rocky Mountain Vibes) was defeated by Shaw Park (Winnipeg Goldeyes).

Receiving the most votes in the first round of 32: Clipper Magazine Stadium (Lancaster Barnstormers), Glacier Bank Park (Glacier Range Riders), WBC Park (Lake Country Dockhounds), Truist Point (High Point Rockers), Haymarket Park (Lincoln Saltdogs) and U.S. Steel Yard (Gary SouthShore RailCats).

There are 49 total ballparks under this classification, but this year’s poll covers the top 32, as determined by last year’s Best of the Ballparks vote. We’ve substituted Hinchliffe Stadium, new home of the New Jersey Jackals, for Yogi Berra Stadium, the team’s former home. (Harry Grove Stadium, home of the Spire City Ghost Hounds, will be featured in our MLB Summer Collegiate vote, while the Empire State Greys is a Frontier League road team.) While this means there are some fine MLB Partner League ballparks left out of this year’s vote, launching a first round with 16 byes doesn’t really work when it comes to drumming up fan interest.

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.

Clipper Magazine Stadium received the most votes in the 2022 MLB Partner Leagues vote, so the home of the Lancaster Barnstormers automatically received the top seed, with the following seeds based solely on 2022 votes.

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:

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