Skip to comments.Baseball's 10 worst ballparks. Ever!
Posted on 06/21/2012 10:31:55 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
The late Dan Quisenberry once said of the Metrodome, "I don't think there are any good uses for nuclear weapons, but then, this may be one."
And he only pitched in 16 games there his entire career.
Torii Hunter, on the other hand, played 10 full seasons in the Metrodome, so maybe he had a better read on it. This is what he told me about his former home just before the Twins moved out: "If they need any kind of help blowing it up, I will definitely be there. I will push the plunger. Boom. Boom. I will not miss the Metrodome at all."
The funny thing is, I kind of do. As much as I love the Twins' new field, I had a lot of great times at the Metrodome. (I asked my future wife out on our first date from the pressbox phone while covering the Twins' 1991 worst-to-first championship season.) Or, as my mother frequently told me, if you grew up in hell, you would miss it when you left. But even as much as I enjoyed the actual games on the field, I have to admit the Metrodome was not a good place for baseball.
But was it so bad it deserves detonation, either via dynamite or nuclear weapon? Was it the worst stadium in baseball history?
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What would one expect with a disaster associated with HubBub Humphrey? He of infamous initials inscribed on towels used by Elizabeth Ray.
I was there when they really did blow up the Kingdome. It was its finest moment. BTT.
The concrete toilet bowls that were in Phila, Pitts and Cincinnati. I went to a game at Veteran in Phila and it was a dump and the worst atmosphere ever.
That is heresy from a Mass resident. :)
“Baseball’s 10 worst ballparks. Ever!” ANY Stadium(minus Dodger Stadium) built btwn 1960 to 1985. THAY ALL were/are “Multi-Purpose” POS.
Can the Roger Clemens trial please, please PLEASE mark the end of baseball's steroids saga, which, like the "Real Housewives" franchise, has gone on far too long? Why did our government spend such a fortune to prosecute a baseball player for not telling the truth to Congress? This is beyond a waste of time, money and manpower -- it also shows a flagrant disrespect for our country's value system. It's not supposed to work this way. If you say something obviously false or patently ridiculous inside the Congressional halls, you're not supposed to be tried for perjury; you're supposed to be re-elected.
How are they different from Fulton County Stadium and Busch Stadium from the "Mothership from Planet Bland" era?
I’d put Fenway #1 on the list because of longevity. The original Dodgers Stadium in LA might have been worse, but they only played there a couple of seasons.
Milwaukee County Stadium.
I was at the blowup of the Met in Bloomington where Mall of America is now.
the Metrodome wasn’t ALL bad:
3. Kirby Puckett, Twins: 1991 World Series, Game 6
AB H R RBI
4 3 2 3
Result: Twins 4, Braves 3 Series: Minnesota wins in 7
What didn’t Puckett do that night in the Metrodome? Well, he didn’t turn an unassisted triple play, skip the light fandango or sail across the ocean blue. But everything else? Yep. Did it. He won the game with a walk-off, 11th-inning home run against Charlie Leibrandt in Minnesota’s 4-3 win over the Braves to force a Game 7. He tripled in a run and then scored himself in the first inning. His sacrifice fly put the Twins up 3-2 in the fifth. He stole a base. And he made a sensational catch on a Ron Gant drive to center in the third inning.
2. Jack Morris, Twins: 1991 World Series, Game 7
IP H R ER BB K
10.0 7 0 0 2 8
Result: Twins 1, Braves 0 Series: Minnesota wins in 7
Morris versus John Smoltz, mano a mano through scoreless inning after scoreless inning in the game to decide the world championship. Who was going to flinch? Smoltz finally left in the bottom of the eighth after giving up no runs on only six hits. But Morris pitched on, turning away several suggestions from Twins manager Tom Kelly to the effect that, seeing as how this was his third start in the Series, maybe it was time to take a seat and let the bullpen finish it up. Morris insisted on pitching the 10th inning, too, and retired Jeff Blauser, Lonnie Smith and Terry Pendleton in order. Finally, little-used Gene Larkin singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to make a winner of Morris in one of the best World Series games ever played.
While listening to those breathless reports about the Northeast heatwave, imagine watching 9+ innings of baseball here at Colt 45 stadium in a Houston August...
—I was there when they really did blow up the Kingdome. It was its finest moment. BTT.—
I’m with you, but I understand it was one of the only domed stadiums that actually MADE money due to its low cost. I was out of town when they took it out and very disappointed I missed it.
I’m also one of those that voted to put it by Southcenter. I understand I was in the majority, but you know how King County politics is...
Greensboro NC is knocking down their old baseball park. My mother saw Babe Ruth play there at an exhibition.
that’s funny- and true.
Any dome or artificial turf field.
I was going to say Three Rivers Stadium, and lo and behold, there it was at # 10 with the rubber stamps in Philadelphia and Cincinnati.
Candlestick Park didn’t make the list? Wow!