The San Francisco Giants trail the Dodgers in the National League West standings, but they are second to none in one category: home ballpark. According to Los Angeles Times sportswriters Kevin Baxter, Mike DiGiovanna, Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin, Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium fared well in our poll of Major League Baseball ballparks, but couldn't quite keep pace with some of the game's newer stadiums — and one recently renovated oldie but goodie. Here is a list of the top ballparks overall, and a 1-15 ranking in each league:
1. San Francisco, AT&T Park: Home team, Giants. Capacity, 41,600. Opened, April 11, 2000. Cost, $255 million. Architect, HOK.
3. Baltimore, Oriole Park at Camden Yards: Home team, Orioles. Capacity, 45,971. Opened, April 6, 1992. Cost, $110 million. Architect, HOK.
1. San Francisco (AT&T Park): The gold standard for sight lines, scenery — love McCovey Cove — and downtown convenience, plus a large selection of craft beers and the intoxicating scent of garlic fries.
2. Pittsburgh (PNC Park): Stunning views of the city skyline and bridges over the Allegheny River provide the best backdrop in baseball. And even the team is back to being fun to watch.
3. San Diego (Petco Park): Inexpensive tickets and a downtown location that's a short walk from the Marina and Gas Lamp District. All it needs is a competitive baseball team.
4. Los Angeles (Dodger Stadium): Chavez Ravine provides a scenic backdrop and new ownership has made some nice stadium upgrades. But those Dodger Dogs? Way overrated.
5. Chicago (Wrigley Field): So much history, so much ivy, such a lovable losing team, and there is no such thing as "Last Call." Renovations improved sight lines without compromising traditional feel.
6. Philadelphia (Citizens Bank Park): Passionate fans help create a fun environment and the stadium isn't bad. The location isn't great, though.
7. New York (Citi Field): The Ebbets Field-like rotunda behind home plate is a nice touch, as is the team hall of fame and museum. If only the Flushing Meadow location could be improved.
9. Colorado (Coors Field): Like the outside, and love the pine trees beyond the center-field wall. Inside: a little too much purple and way too much space in the outfield.
10. Miami (Marlins Park): Accented by some odd color schemes and a strange-looking sculpture in center field. That right fielder is fun to watch, though.