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Pat Burrell
What's next in the evolution of Camden Yards?
What's next in the evolution of Camden Yards?

Last week, amid the buzz over another opening day and the celebration of Camden Yards' 20th birthday, I reported a story on the future of baseball parks. Though the topic was assigned to me, it had special resonance because I essentially grew up in a minor league baseball stadium that evolved, year by year, into a park that has inspired many current trends. My first, and perhaps still fondest, memory of what was then Reading Municipal-Memorial Stadium is of essentially standing in the bullpen during a game -- there was a low fence out there, but you could just hang over it and talk to the players -- when one of the Reading Phillies' pitchers blurted, "Hold on, gotta run"...