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57 Parks

Last Friday evening the Mets as a franchise played their first game in another major league ballpark. That makes a total of 57 different ballparks the Mets have played in over the past 50 years. On the broadcast, the crew said it was the Mets 56th ballpark. That could be because UltimateMets.com does not list Memorial Stadium in Baltimore where the Mets played the first two games of the 1969 World Series. I think that should count even though the Mets never played a regular season game there. What counts more than a World Series game?

What I find astonishing after compiling the list (thank to UltimateMets.com and Retrosheet.org), is the number of times the Mets have lost a game when playing in a ballpark for the first time. The Mets record for playing their first game in a ballpark is 21-36 (.368).

The Mets have never won the first game in the three ballparks they have called home. They lost to the Pirates in both the Polo Grounds and Shea Stadium. In 2009, they lost to San Diego when they opened Citi Field. The only New York ballpark they won in for their first game was Yankee Stadium when Dave Milicki shut them out in 1997, the first year of interleague play. The Mets lost their first game in the new Yankee Stadium in 2009 when Luis Castillo dropped a pop up off Alex Rodriguez that should have won the game. Instead the Mets suffered a devastating loss as the tying and winning runs scored.

The Mets had a chance to win their first game ever in the Marlins new ballpark Friday evening but Frank Francisco couldn’t hold the lead.

There are no new ballparks on the horizon. But the Mets have still to play at Target Field in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Target field is not on the schedule this season and it is unclear when the Mets will head back to Minnesota in the future. Oakland desperately wants a new ballpark. Eventually they will get one and at some point in time, the Mets will play there. Perhaps Tamp will get a new park too in the not too distant future.

I listed the ballparks by their current names in most cases. An exception is Joe Robbie Stadium which seemed to change names every year.  Also Busch Stadium I was known as Sportsman’s Park but that was earlier than when the Mets debuted there in 1962. Likewise for Connie Mack Stadium, aka Shibe Park. I used the latest corporate sponsor names even though they changed from when the Mets first played there. For example, Minute Maid Park was originally Enron Field and AT&T Park was originally Pac Bell Park.

The list below shows the 57 ballparks the Mets have played in chronological order including the game result.

1) Busch Stadium I, St. Louis, April 11, 1962 vs. Cardinals, Loss 4-11
2) Polo Grounds, New York, April 13, 1962 vs. Pirates, Loss 3-4
3) Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, April 21, 1962 vs. Pirates, Loss 4-8
4) Crosley Field, Cincinnati, April 24, 1962 vs. Reds, Loss 3-7
5) Connie Mack Stadium Philadelphia, May 4, 1962 vs. Phillies, Loss 5-6
6) Wrigley Field, Chicago, May 8, 1962 vs. Cubs, Win 3-1
7) County Stadium, Milwaukee, May 18, 1962 vs. Braves, Loss 2-5
8 ) Colt Stadium, Houston, May 21, 1962 vs. Colt 45s, Loss 2-3
9) Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, May 23, 1962 vs. Dodgers, Loss 1-3
10) Candlestick Park, San Francisco, May 26, 1962 vs. Giants, Loss 6-7
11) Shea Stadium, New York, April 17, 1964 vs. Pirates, Loss 3-4
12) Astrodome, Houston, April 27, 1965 vs. Astros, Loss 2-3
13) Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, April 22, 1966 vs. Braves, Loss 4-8
14) Busch Stadium II, St Louis, June 20, 1966 vs. Cardinals, Loss 2-4
15) Jarry Park, Montreal, April 29, 1969 vs. Expos, Win 2-0
16) Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego Stadium), San Diego, June 6, 1969 vs. Padres, Win 5-3
17) Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, October 11, 1969 vs. Orioles, Loss 1-4
18) Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, August 7, 1970 vs. Pirates, Loss 1-6
19) Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, August 11, 1970 vs. Reds, Loss 1-8
20) Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, May 19, 1971 vs. Phillies, Loss 1-4
21) Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, October 13, 1973 vs. Athletics, Loss 1-2
22) Olympic Stadium, Montreal, June 1, 1977 vs. Expos, Win, 6-4
23) Fenway Park, Boston, October 21, 1986 vs. Red Sox, Win 7-1
24) Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, April 11, 2003 vs. Expos, Loss 0-10
25) Mile High Stadium, Denver, April 13, 1993 vs. Rockies, Win 8-4
26) Joe Robbie (Dolphin) Stadium, Miami, June 29, 1993 vs. Marlins, Win 10-9
27) Coors Field, Denver, April 26, 1995 vs. Rockies, Loss 9-11
28) Monterrey Stadium, Monterrey, August 16, 1996 vs. Padres, Loss 10-15
29) Yankee Stadium, New York, June 16, 1997 vs. Yankees, Win 6-0
30) Tiger Stadium, Detroit, June 30, 1997 vs. Tigers, Loss 0-14
31) Turner Field, Atlanta, July 10, 1997 vs. Braves, Win 10-7
32) Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, August 29, 1997 vs. Orioles, Loss 3-4
33) Rogers Centre, Toronto, June 30, 1998 vs. Blue Jays, Loss 3-6
34) Chase Field, Pheonix, August 14, 1998 vs. Diamondbacks, Win 3-2
35) Tropicana Field, Tampa, July 15, 1999 vs. Devil Rays, Win 8-7
36) Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, March 29, 2000 vs. Cubs, Loss 3-5
37) AT&T Park, San Francisco, May 1, 2000 vs. Giants, Loss 3-10
38) Minute Made Park, Houston, May 7, 2000 vs. Houston, Win 6-5
39) Miller Park, Milwaukee, April 24, 2001 vs. Brewers, Loss 4-6
40) PNC Park, Pittsburgh, September 17, 2001 vs. Pirates, Win 4-1
41) Progressive Field, Cleveland, June 7, 2002 vs. Indians, Win 4-3
42) US Cellular Field, Chicago, June 10, 2002 vs. White Sox, Win 3-1
43) Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, June 10, 2003 vs. Rangers, Loss 9-7
44) Angels Stadium, Anaheim, June 13, 2003 vs. Angels, Win 7-3
45) Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, July 4, 2003 vs. Reds, Win 7-2
46) Petco Park, San Diego, April 30, 2004 vs. Padres, Loss 6-7
47) Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia, May 31, 2004 vs. Phillies, Win 5-3
48) Metrodome, Minneapolis/St. Paul, June 8, 2004 vs. Twins, Loss 1-2
49) Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, June 11, 2004 vs. Royals, Loss 5-7
50) RFK Stadium, DC, April 29, 2005 vs. Nationals, Loss 1-5
51) Safeco Field, Seattle, June 17, 2005 vs. Mariners, Loss 0-5
52) Busch Stadium III, St. Louis, May 16, 2006 vs. Cardinals, Win 8-3
53) Comerica Park, Detroit, June 8, 2007 vs. Tigers, Win 3-0
54) Nationals Park, DC, April 23, 2008 vs. Nationals, Win 7-2
55) Citi Field, New York, April 13, 2009 vs. Padres, Loss 5-6
56) Yankee Stadium II, New York, June 12, 2009 vs. Yankees, Loss 8-9
57) Marlins Park, Miami, May 11, 2012 vs. Marlins, Loss 5-6

 

 

For Ballpark Geeks

Hey all you ballpark geeks. On Friday, the Boston Red Sox will open the regular season at Fenway Park. It is the famed ballpark’s 100th anniversary (the official anniversary is on April 20th). But Fenway is not the only ballpark to be celebrating an anniversary this season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Dodger Stadium this season, now the third oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues.  Tuesday’s opening day marked fifty years to the day that Dodger Stadium first opened. Dodger Stadium was revolutionary in that it was the first ballpark with no obstructing columns.

Another team celebrating their ballpark is the Orioles. Believe it or not, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is now 20 years old. Where has the time gone? Oriole Park revolutionized ballpark design and sparked a revolution in baseball stadium construction.  Since Oriole Park was built, 20 brand new Major League ballparks have been constructed.

Below are websites commemorating the three ballpark anniversaries…

Fenway Park
Dodger Stadium
Oriole Park

The 30 current Major League parks and the years they opened…

Fenway Park, Red Sox – 1912
Wrigley Field, Cubs – 1913
Dodger Stadium, Dodgers, – 1962
Angel Stadium, Angels – 1966
Oakland-Alameda County Colosseum, Athletics -1968  (opened for football in 1966)
Kauffman Stadium, Royals – 1973
Rogers Centre, Blue Jays – 1989
US Cellular Field, White Sox – 1991
Oriole Park, Orioles – 1992
Progressive Field, Indians – 1994
Rangers Ballpark, Rangers -1994
Coors Field, Rockies – 1995
Turner Field, Braves – 1997
Chase Field, Diamondbacks – 1998
Tropicana Field, Rays – 1998  (renovated for baseball for 1998, original construction completed in 1990)
Safeco Field, Mariners – 1999
AT&T Park, Giants – 2000
Comerica Park, Tigers – 2000
Minute Maid Park, Astros – 2000
Miller Park, Brewers – 2001
PNC Park, Pirates – 2001
Great American Ballpark, Reds – 2003
Citizens Bank Park, Phillies – 2004
Petco Park, Padres – 2004
Busch Stadium III, Cardinals – 2006
Nationals Park, Nationals – 2008
Citi Field, Mets – 2009
Yankee Stadium II, Yankees – 2009
Target Field, Twins – 2010
Marlins Park, Marlins – 2012

Pics of Marlins New Ballpark

If you would like a glimpse of Jose Reyes’s new home, check out these great photos from stadiumpage.com.

The Marlins’ new stadium will have the smallest seating capacity in the majors, around 37,000. That’s a smaller capacity than Fenway Park which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season. But unlike the grand old girl in Boston, the gleaming new home of the Marlins features a retractable roof and all the new amenities a baseball fan expects in the 21st century.

With the construction complete in Miami, there is currently no new construction in progress for any major league venue. Many in Oakland and the commissioner are working hard to make a new ballpark happen for the Oakland A’s. Other than that, ballpark re-construction is about over for major league baseball. In the last 23 years, every franchise has built a new ballpark except for the A’s, Red Sox, Cubs, and Dodgers. But unlike the A’s, the other three have poured millions into renovations of their historic homes.

In addition to the new park in Miami and the completed renovations of Fenway, the Mets will unveil a new outfield wall at three year old Citi Field on opening day. One that makes more sense and is more fair to its hitters than the original one conceived.