The Yankees have had numerous great players over the years, and there is nothing like visiting Monument Park at Yankee Stadium to see them all in one spot. It is just too bad the park isn't in the field of play as it used to be in days past to create another tough element to the game.
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Oriole Park at Camden Yards - Baltimore, Maryland
Built on the land that once served as the city's rail yard, much of the park's view is dominated by the former B&O Warehouse behind the right-field wall, which was restored to be incorporated in the retro-style ballpark that opened in 1992. Oriole Park at Camden Yards is often regarded as one of the best ballparks in baseball.
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Rogers Centre - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Originally known as the SkyDome, the Rogers Centre was the first stadium to have a fully retractable motorized roof. The Blue Jays' home also has a 348-room hotel attached to it, with 70 of the rooms overlooking the field. When the stadium's roof is open, fans are presented an impressive view of Toronto's CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.
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Fenway Park - Boston, Massachusetts
Nothing says Fenway Park like the 'Green Monster' sitting in left field. Sitting just over 300 feet from home plate, the thirty- seven foot high wall has teased right-handed hitters for over a century and since the 2003 season, fans can sit atop the wall for an unmatched view of the league's oldest ballpark.
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Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida
Tropicana Field is the only domed stadium in MLB that is non-retractable, and despite the Rays still seeking to replace the aging stadium, it still has some unique features. The most recognizable exterior feature is the slanted roof, which is built to to reduce the interior volume in order to reduce cooling costs and protect the stadium during hurricanes. The roof also is lighted with orange lights after a Tampa Bay win. Another interesting feature is the Rays Touch Tank located just over the right-center field wall that allows fans to see, touch and feed the rays. To date, three players have hit home runs into the Rays Tank.
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Turner Field - Atlanta, Georgia
Turner Field was originally built as the Centennial Olympic Stadium for the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta and was repurposed as the Braves' new stadium in time for the start of the 1997 baseball season. Despite not being too old of a ballpark, the Braves are planning on moving out of downtown Atlanta to a new stadium in 2017.
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Nationals Park - Washington, D.C.
Americans often associate Washington, D.C. with blooming cherry blossoms in the spring, therefore it makes sense that Nationals Park features the trees in left field to signify the start of baseball season. If fans sit high enough in the stands, unforgettable views of the U.S. Capital and Washington Monument can be enjoyed as well.
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Marlins Park - Miami, Florida
Retractable roofs were old news by the time Marlins Park opened in 2012, meaning the Miami had to think outside the box to stand out. And stand out they did achieve with the 75-foot tall home run feature in centerfield with bright pink, blue, aqua, and orange colors along with moving marlins, flamingos, seagulls and palm trees. The show lasts about 30 seconds after each Marlins' homer in a display that just screams, 'MIAMI.'
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Citi Field - Queens, New York, New York
When the New York Mets moved from iconic Shea Stadium in 2009 to Citi Field, fans made sure the big apple in the outfield was going to move as well. Since 1980, the apple has risen from the outfield wall every time a member of the Mets hits a home run.
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Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Liberty Bell home run celebration, bi-level bullpens and the Philly Phanatic are nice, but fans come to the 'The Bank' to first loudly boo/watch baseball and second to eat at the number of Philadelphia-style food stands including cheesesteaks, hoagies as well as other tasty regional specialities.
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Comerica Park - Detroit, Michigan
While watching the Detroit Tigers play on the field, take some time to appreciate one of the several tiger statues placed around Comerica Park, including two that take residence above the scoreboard whose eyes light up and roar whenever the team hits a home run or gets a victory.
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Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City is known as the 'City of Fountains' so it seems fitting that the Royals home park has a 322-foot fountain and waterfall display running parallel to the outfield. The fountains put on a show before and after games along with in-between innings and is the largest privately funded fountains in the world.
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Target Field - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Moving into the open-air stadium of Target Field from the Metrodome, the Twins baseball experience has improved along with the move according to many who were tired of playing in a stadium more suited for football. While the new field boasts many amenities, Minnesota's lighted Minnie and Paul logo is the king of celebration fixtures in baseball. The sign not only celebrates Twins' wins and home runs, it also tell the location of a strikeout pitch, and celebrates if the Twins do not give up any runs in an inning.
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U.S. Cellular Field - Chicago, Illinois
While building the new field in the South Side of Chicago, many of Comiskey Park's old features were put in place including the 'exploding scoreboard' that pays homage to the original installed in 1960 at the former park. U.S. Cellular Field also has a 'Fundamentals Deck' in left field that allows children to learn and practice the fundamentals of baseball while attending White Sox games.
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Progressive Field - Cleveland, Ohio
Formerly known as Jacobs Field, the Indians' home stadium features several unique structural features. The Kentucky Bluegrass field is illuminated by 19 white toothbrush-shaped vertical light towers, something that stood out enough to be incorporated into the field's logo when it was known by its prior name. Left field also features what many call the 'Little Green Monster,' a 19-foot high wall that replicates the 'Green Monster' in Boston's Fenway Park.
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Miller Park - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Brewers mascot, Bernie Brewer, has his own hangout area at Miller park dubbed 'Bernie's Dugout' complete with a slide that he comes down in to a home plate shaped platform after each Milwaukee home run and victory.
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Busch Stadium - St. Louis, Missouri
Often referred to as 'New Busch Stadium' since replacing its predecessor in 2006, the 'retro-classic' style of the Cardinals home field offers spectacular views of the St. Louis skyline, including the historic Gateway Arch unlike the fully-enclosed original Busch Stadium.
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Great American Ball Park - Cincinnati, Ohio
In right center field, the 'Power Stacks', two smokestacks, reminiscent of the steamboats that were common on the Ohio River in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, shoot fire when the Reds strikeout a batter. Seven bats on the top of each stack (14 total) is said to be a subtle tribute to Pete Rose, who wore No. 14 with the Reds. USA TODAY Sports
PNC Park - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Often regarded as one of the best places to watch a baseball game, PNC Park is built in a classic style along the Allegheny River and offers breathtaking views of downtown Pittsburgh and the Sixth Street Bridge, also known as the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
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Wrigley Field - Chicago, Illinois
Wrigley Field is an overall great baseball experience, Cubs fan or not, but the ivy that overtakes the outfield walls is certainly a work of art. How effective is ivy at cushioning a baseball player running full speed over padded walls seen at other parks? Not too great, but watching two baseballs pop out of the ivy after one goes in certainly makes for some interesting baseball.
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O.co Coliseum - Oakland, California
From sewage problems to tarps covering most of the upper decks, O.co Coliseum is often said to be the worst baseball park in the majors. The only reason to visit really is to just watch the A's play, which isn't a bad thing considering the team has been playing well the past few seasons.
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Angel Stadium of Anaheim - Anaheim, California
In the stadium parking lot, fans are greeted by the landmark "Big A" sign and electronic marquee, which originally served as a part of the scoreboard inside the park. The halo near the top of the 230' tall, 210-ton sign is illuminated when the Angels win, which comes with the fan expression, 'Light up the Halo!' USA TODAY Sports
Safeco Field - Seattle, Washington
Unlike other stadiums with retractable roofs, Safeco Field's acts more like an umbrella due to Seattle's frequent rain, but typically comfortable temperature. Train whistles have also become a fixture of the Mariners home park with the BNSF Railway tracks passing near the stadium.
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Globe Life Park in Arlington - Arlington, Texas
On the brick exterior of Globe Life Park, sculpted friezes depict the history of Texas and baseball, and on the inside to go along with the offices built into the stadium's outfield wall, Greene's Hill, a sloped section of grass that serves as the batter's eye, has been the place of many fans hoping the fence to retrieve home run balls in dramatic fashion.
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Minute Maid Park - Houston, Texas
Built next to Houston's old railroad station, Union Station, Minute Maid Park features a replica train locomotive above left field that moves along tracks after Astros home runs and wins. Another interesting feature at the park is the 90 feet wide hill that is in play with a 30 degree incline complete with a flagpole (also in play) that has created many highlight-reel plays over the years, but is widely disliked by outfielders.
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AT&T Park - San Francisco, California
World Series and perfect games are great, but fans love to see 'splash hit' home runs hit into McCovey Cove just outside the right field wall. On May 1, 2000, Barry Bonds became the first player in the stadium's history to get a coveted 'splash hit.'
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Coors Field - Denver, Colorado
Despite opening in 1995, Coors Field in Colorado is now the third-oldest National League baseball park due to a wave of new stadiums. With the Rocky Mountains just minutes away from the field located in downtown Denver, the stadium features a decorative landscape mimicking the surroundings in centerfield. If the fresh mountain air isn't enough, the Rockies' home ball park also offers a microbrewery just behind the right field stands.
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Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California
When fans buy tickets to Dodgers games, they know they are going to get to watch some baseball at Dodger Stadium due to third-oldest ballpark in the majors' lack of rainouts. The last rainout in Los Angeles was on April 17, 2000 against the Astros.
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Petco Park - San Diego, California
Want a cheap and fun way to watch a baseball game? Head out to Petco Park's 'Park at the Park' to sit in the sloped grassy area for just $5, as if that wasn't enough, just below the park is a large sandy area for children meant to emulate the beach that is just behind the centerfield wall. Also, the hundred-year old brick Western Metal Supply Co. building is incorporated into the design of the park and offers private suites, a restaurant, team stores and rooftop seating.
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Chase Field - Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix features some of the hottest temperatures in the United States during the summer, making it a necessity for a retractable roof and apparently a swimming pool when Arizona Diamondbacks began play in 1998. For a minimum price of $4,500, the pool and hot tub just outside the right field wall can be rented out nightly for up to 35 people.