Saturday, November 24, 2007

November Transactions

This week I will analyze all the major transactions so far in November. I will do this once every month during the off-season.

11/2 Red Sox - Acquired OF Sean Danielson from St. Louis to complete the Joel Pineiro trade on July 31.

Effect: Sean is a scrappy hitter who has only started two years in the minors. In those 2 years he has hit .249 and .291. He has almost no power, only hitting 4 home runs in 928 career minor league at-bats. He plays great defensively though. He will probably only become a 4th/5th outfielder.

11/6 Red Sox – Signed Curt Schilling to a one year contract

Effect: Just keeps them closer to last year’s team.

11/7 Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros – Phillies acquired RHP Brad Lidge and INF Eric Bruntlett from the Astros in exchange for OF Michael Bourn.

Phillies Effect: The Phillies needed a good closer and Brad Lidge should be able to give them that. Eric Bruntlett will upgrade their bench and back up Rollins and Utley.

Astros Effect: The Astros lose their only closer in Brad Lidge. They also lose a pretty good bench player in Eric Bruntlett. They’re obviously trying to build up for the future. Bourn hasn’t hit very well with a career .268 batting average in the majors. Also he has almost no power, only hitting 1 major league home run in 122 at-bats. But Bourn can field well, as he hasn’t made an error since AA in 2005 when he had 1.

Winner: Phillies

11/12 Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs – Tigers acquired OF Jacque Jones from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for INF Omar Infante.

Tigers Effect: The Tigers now have an upgrade at left field as Jones will replace Marcus Thames for the starting job, now making their outfield one of the best in baseball with Jones, Granderson, and Ordonez. But the Tigers bench took a hit, because with Omar Infante gone Ryan Raburn will have to back up CF, RF, 3B, and 2B.

Cubs Effect: Losing Jones will move Daryle Ward into a starting spot and, although he did good last year, he only had 110 at-bats so you can’t really trust him. Omar Infante won’t even start for the Cubs.

Winner: Tigers

11/14 Milwaukee Brewers - Signed LHP Randy Choate to a one-year contract.

Effect: Randy Choate has not pitched very well so far in his career but will help out the Brewers bullpen.

11/16 Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves - Houston acquired RHP Oscar Villarreal from the Braves in exchange for OF Josh Anderson

Astros Effect: The Astros definitely improved their bullpen. Oscar is a pretty good relief pitcher, with a 4.25 ERA last year and a 3.61 ERA in ’06. But losing Anderson is a hit, as he’s a very good prospect and it seems like they’re trying for the future. I don’t understand why they would make the trade, especially with Michael Bourn starting in center.

Braves Effect: Their bullpen will definitely go way down this year without Mahay and now Villarreal. But without Andruw Jones, they needed a starting center fielder and Anderson can be that guy. He’s got some serious speed, getting 78 stolen bases in 2005. He also hit .358 last year. But Josh has no power.

Winner: Braves

11/19 Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – White Sox acquired SS Orlando Cabrera and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for RHP Jon Garland.

White Sox Effect: The White Sox pitching really took a major hit. This trade makes John Danks, with stats of 5.50 ERA and a 6-13 record last year, the #3 starter. But with Juan Uribe gone, Cabrera will be a great upgrade from Alex Cintron starting.

Angels Effect: Jon Garland will take Bartolo Colon’s #3 spot in the rotation. But he’s an upgrade from Colon. Garland doesn’t get injured as much and has better stats (but not against the Rangers). Losing Cabrera will move Maicer Izturis into the starting role though.

Winner: Angels

11/19 Atlanta Braves - Signed LHP Tom Glavine to a one-year contract for the 2008 season.

Effect: Tom Glavine will definitely help the pitching staff and should move into the #3 spot before Chuck James. Tom could make the Braves a playoff team next year.

11/20 New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers – Mets acquired C Johnny Estrada from the Brewers in exchange for RHP Guillermo Mota.

Mets Effect: With Paul Lo Duca gone, Estrada will be a much better starter than Ramon Castro. Last year Estrada hit .278 with 10 homers and 54 RBI’s. Losing Mota will be tough, since last year he pitched almost 60 innings of relief, even though he didn’t have a good ERA.

Brewers Effect: Getting Mota will definitely improve their not-so-good bullpen (since Cordero left). But losing Estrada will hurt, because that moves Mike Rivera into a starting role.

Winner: Mets

11/22 Anaheim Angels – Angels sign Torii Hunter to a five-year deal.

Effect: Hunter will improve the already strong Angels. With Gary Matthews’ poor year last year, Torii will definitely help. It will be much harder for the Rangers to win the division in 2009, which is the year they’re targeting to compete. But on the bright side, with all the money the Angels are paying him, maybe they can’t afford too much else.

Results of last week’s poll:
Where do you think Torii Hunter will sign?
Rangers – 56%
Other – 21%
White Sox – 17%
Twins – 4%
Yankees – 0%

Come back next week for part 1 of an analysis of Tom Grieve’s trades as Rangers GM.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ballpark Facts

When my dad and I go to see games out of town, we like to go to the locations of old major league ballparks. We’ve put together a list of all the ballparks used from 1901 until now, their location, and what’s left at the location of the old ballpark. My dad’s been to almost all of the old ballpark sites and put most of the facts in this list together. I added my personal experiences and opinions. My dad wrote a book called ‘IT Auditing: Using Controls to Protect Information Assets’. You can buy his book at (there’s also a link to it on the left side of this blog in my links section).

This information is based on our personal experiences. If you know of any changes to what we saw or of anything we missed, please leave a comment.

We used to get the locations of the old ballparks. The ‘Location’ information for each ballpark is copied from there. That’s a great site to get lots of information on all ballparks past, present, and future.

It’s really fun to go see where the old ballparks used to be, especially the ones that still have pieces of the old ballpark left, so I recommend this for anyone going to an out-of-town game.

Arlington, Texas

Arlington Stadium:
Home of: Texas Rangers 1972-93
Demolished: 1994
Location: Adjacent to Six Flags over Texas on the west side of the amusement park in the center of a parking lot bound by Stadium Drive E (E), E Randol Mill Road (S), Pennant Drive (W) and Copeland Road and I-30 (N).
Remnants: Site is now part of the parking lot for the Ballpark in Arlington. There’s nothing there marking where the old ballpark used to be. The Rangers should mark the old stadium’s basepaths or something like that.

The Ballpark in Arlington (also called Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and Ameriquest Field)
Home of: Texas Rangers 1994-present

Anaheim, California

Angel Stadium (formerly Anaheim Stadium and Edison International Field)
Home of: California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels 1966-present

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium
Home of: Atlanta Braves 1966-1996
Demolished 1997
Location: Left field (N by NE), Fulton Street and Interstate 20; third base (W by NW), Washington Street, Interstate 75/85, and Pulliam Street; first base (S by SW), Georgia Avenue; right field (E by SE), Capitol Avenue.
Remnants: The site of Fulton County Stadium is now a parking lot for Turner Field. Outlines of home plate, the base paths, the pitchers mound, the bases, and the outfield wall are all marked. There’s a sign commemorating the location of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run. This is a great example of what teams can do and the sort of thing the Rangers should do.

Turner Field
Home of: Atlanta Braves 1997-present

Baltimore, Maryland

Oriole Park
Home of: Baltimore Orioles (later New York Highlanders/Yankees) 1901-02
Location: The ballpark faced a few degrees west of due south. East 29th Street ran directly behind home plate and the grandstand on the north side of the field. York (Greenmount) Avenue ran from behind the grandstand beyond third base on the east side of the park. Barclay Street ran from behind the grandstand beyond first base on the west side of the park. The outfield was enclosed by Barclay Street in right field, York (Greenmount) Avenue in a small part of left field and by what was to become 28th Street in left and center fields.
Remnants: We haven’t been to this site but I don’t think there’s anything there.

Memorial Stadium
Home of: Baltimore Orioles 1954-91
Demolished 2001
Location: Center field (N), East 36th Street; third base (W), Ellerslie Avenue; home plate (S), 1000 East 33rd Street; section of 33rd Street near ballpark is known as Babe Ruth Plaza; first base (E), Ednor Road.
Remnants: We’re not aware of anything at the old site marking that the old ballpark was there, but we haven’t been back to the site since before they tore the ballpark down. Part of the words from the old Memorial Wall can be seen outside their new ballpark.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Home of: Baltimore Orioles 1992-present

Boston, Massachessetts

South End Grounds (also called Walpole Street Grounds, Union Baseball Grounds, Boston Baseball Grounds)
South End Grounds I: 1871-1887, demolished 1887
South End Grounds II: 1888-1894, burned down
South End Grounds III: 1894-1914, demolished
Home of: Boston Braves (also called Red Stockings, Red Caps, Doves, Rustlers, Beaneaters) 1871-1914
Location: Columbus and Walpole. Walpole ran behind home plate, Columbus along the 1st base side of the field. The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad tracks ran along the 3rd base side of the field. Behind the outfield was a railroad roundhouse, and behind that was Gainsborough.
Remnants: The site is now occupied by the Ruggles Station on the Orange Line. There’s nothing there to indicate that there used to be a ballpark there.

Huntington Avenue Grounds
Home of: Boston Red Sox (also called Pilgrims, Americans, Puritans, Plymouth Rocks, Somersets) 1901-11
Location: Left field (NW), Huntington Avenue; third base (SW), Bryant (Rogers) Street, now Forsyth Street; first base (SE) New Gravelly Pt. and New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad tracks; right field (NE), New Gravelly Pt.
Remnants: The site is now occupied by Northeastern University. There’s a plaque commemorating the location of where the left field foul line used to be on the outside of a building built on that location. It was put there in 1956. In 1993, a statue of Cy Young was placed where the pitchers mound used to be and a home plate plaque was placed where home plate used to be. The statue and home plate plaque are at a really nice location, being inside a little grassy area with park benches on the campus. This is one of the best former ballpark sites because of the statue and the plaques.

Fenway Park
Home of: Boston Red Sox 1912-present

Braves Field
Home of: Boston Braves (also called Bees) 1915-52
Location: About three miles west of downtown Boston and one mile west of Fenway Park. First base (S), Commonwealth Avenue; right field (E), Harry Agganis Way (Gaffney Street); left field (N), Boston and Albany Railroad tracks/Charles River; third base (W), Babcock Street.
Remnants: Boston University bought Braves Field, converted it to a football field and changed its name to Nickerson Field. The old right-field pavilion is still part of the stadium. The first base ticket office and the concrete outer wall in right and center field are still there. A plaque was placed on the site in 1988 (at the Gaffney Street entrance) that has information about the ballpark and the Braves.

Chicago, Illinois

West Side Grounds:
Home of: Chicago Cubs (aka Colts, Orphans) 1894-1915
Location: About two miles west of downtown Chicago. Left field (E), South Wood Street; third base (N), West Polk Street; first base (W), South Lincoln (Wolcott) Avenue; right field (S), West Taylor Street.
Remnants: There’s a hospital there now, with nothing to show that there used to be a ballpark there.

South Side Park II
Home of: Chicago White Sox 1901-10
Location: In the south side of Chicago. Left field (N), old cricket grounds and 37th Street; third base (W), South Princeton Avenue; first base (S), West 39th Street (West Pershing Road); right field (E), South Wentworth Avenue.
Remnants: The site is only a couple of blocks away from the new White Sox park. It’s basically an open field with some parking for White Sox games now. There’s nothing there to show that there used to be a ballpark.

Comiskey Park:
Home of: Chicago White Sox 1910-90
Demolished: 1991
Location: Left field (N), West 34th; third base (W), Portland Avenue, later called South Shield’s Avenue; first base (S), 324 West 35th Street; right field (E), South Wentworth Avenue, later Dan Ryan Expressway/I-94.
Remnants: Old Comiskey was right next to where New Comiskey was built. The site is now a parking lot. What’s left on the parking lot is a plaque commemorating the location of home plate and an outline of Old Comiskey’s base paths.

Wrigley Field (also called Weeghman Park, Cubs Park):
Home of: Chicago Cubs 1916-present

New Comiskey Park (also called US Cellular Field)
Home of: Chicago White Sox 1991-present

Cincinnati, Ohio

Palace of the Fans
Home of: Cincinnati Reds 1902-11
Location: Left field (N), York Street; third base (W), McLean Avenue; first base (S), Findlay Street; right field (E) and center field (NE), Western Avenue.
Remnants: Crosley Field was built on this site.

Crosley Field (also called Redland Field)
Home of: Cincinnati Reds 1912-70
Demolished 1972
Location: At the corner of Western Avenue and Findlay Street, less than a half mile north of Union Terminal (now the Cincinnati Museum). Left field (N), York Street; third base (W), Crosley Field Way and the C&O Railroad tracks; first base (S), Findlay Street; center field and right field (E), Western Avenue.
Remnants: After Crosley Field was demolished, Dalton Street was extended through the site of the former ballpark. There’s a business park there now. There’s a plaque near the corner of Findlay and Western (placed there in 1998) commemorating Crosley Field. There’s a baseball field in Blue Ash, Ohio (a town northeast of Cincinnati) with a replica of Crosley Field, including the scoreboard and outfield wall. The street address is 11540 Grooms Road. We went to the replica in Blue Ash and it was really cool. It has the same dimensions as Crosley Field. The scoreboard still has the scores and lineups from the last game at Crosley Field. The outfield slopes upwards on a hill as you get near the wall, just like in old Crosley Field. It’s a great place to run around and pretend you’re playing a game.

Riverfront Stadium (also called Cinergy Field)
Home of: Cincinnati Reds 1970-2002
Demolished 2002
Location: Left field (NE), Pete Rose Way, Broadway and Firstar Center (Riverfront Coliseum); third base (NW), Pete Rose Way on September 10, 1985; first base (SW), Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River; right field (SE), Mehring Way, railroad tracks, and the Ohio River.
Remnants: When we were last there (2005), they hadn’t done anything to mark the site. It’s right next door to the new ballpark.

Great American Ballpark
Home of: Cincinnati Reds 2003-present

Cleveland, Ohio

League Park (also called Dunn Field):
Home of: Cleveland Spiders 1891-99, Cleveland Indians (also called Blues, Bronchos, Naps) 1901-46
Demolished: 1951
Location: Intersection of East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue 3 miles east of City Hall. 1st base (W) E 66th St.; 3rd base (N) Linwood Ave.; left field (E) E 70th St.; right Field (S) Lexington Ave.
Remnants: The site of the ballpark is now mostly a big empty field but part of the wall is still standing and the two-story ticket office is still standing. It looks like the ticket office was turned into a recreation center at some point but it looks abandoned now, with lots of broken windows. The part of the wall that’s still standing is crumbling. An historical marker providing information about the ballpark is next to the old ticket office. It’s neat to see this park because parts of it are still there but it’s in a really bad neighborhood and you should only go there when it’s light out.

Cleveland Municipal Stadium (also called Lakefront Stadium and Cleveland Stadium)
Home of: Cleveland Indians 1932-93
Demolished: 11/96
Location: On the shore of Lake Erie between the lake and downtown Cleveland. 1st base (S) W. 3rd and Cleveland Memorial Shoreway; 3rd base (W) Erieside Ave., Lake Erie and W. 3rd; left field (N) Erieside Ave. and Lake Erie; right field (E) Cleveland Memorial Shoreway.
Remnants: The new Browns stadium is built on this site. There’s nothing there to show that the old ballpark used to be there.

Jacobs Field
Home of: Cleveland Indians 1994-present

Denver, Colorado

Mile High Stadium
Home of: Colorado Rockies 1993-94
Location: Main entrance is on Eliot Street. Left field (E), Clay St.; 3rd base (N), 20th Ave.; 1st base (W), Eliot Street; Right field (S), 17th Ave.
Remnants: The new Broncos stadium was built near old Mile High Stadium. The old Mile High Stadium site now has grass, trees, and parking lots.

Coors Field
Home of: Colorado Rockies 1995-present

Detroit, Michigan

Bennett Park:
Home of: Detroit Tigers 1901-11
Location: Left field (W), National (Cochrane) Avenue; third base (S), Michigan Avenue; first base (E), Trumbull Avenue; right field (N), Cherry Street, in the Corktown neighborhood of downtown Detroit.
Remnants: Tiger Stadium was built on this site in 1912.

Tiger Stadium (aka Navin Field, Briggs Stadium):
Home of: Detroit Tigers 1912-99
Location: 2121 Trumbull Avenue, in the Corktown neighborhood of downtown Detroit. Left field (NW), Cherry Street, later Kaline Drive, and Interstate 75; third base (SW), National Avenue, later Cochrane Avenue; first base (SE), Michigan Avenue; right field (NE), Trumbull Avenue.
Remnants: The ballpark is still standing but is crumbling and is not being used.

Comerica Park
Home of: Detroit Tigers 2000-present

Houston, Texas

Colt Stadium
Home of: Houston Colt .45’s (later Astros) 1962-64
Location: In what is now the north parking lot of the Astrodome. Left field (N), Old Spanish Trail; third base (W), Kirby Drive; first base (S), South Loop Freeway/Interstate 610; right field (E), Fannin Street.
Remnants: Dismantled in the 1970s and moved to Gomez Palacio in Mexico where it became home to a Mexican League baseball team. It was in what’s now the north parking lot of the Astrodome.

Home of: Houston Astros 1965-99
Location: 8400 Kirby Drive. Center field (E), Fannin Street; third base (N), Old Spanish Trail; home plate (W), Kirby Drive; first base (S), South Loop Freeway/Interstate 610.
Remnants: Still standing

Minute Maid Park (also called Enron Field)
Home of: Houston Astros 2000-present

Kansas City, Missouri

Municipal Stadium
Home of: Kansas City A’s 1955-67, Kansas City Royals 1969-72
Demolished 1976
Location: One and a half miles southeast of downtown Kansas City at the intersection of 22nd street and Brooklyn Avenue. Left field (N) 21st Street; third base (E) Euclid Avenue; first base (S), 22nd Street; right field (E), Brooklyn Avenue.
Remnants: The site is now a big open field. There’s a plaque at the corner of the lot providing a history of the stadium.

Kauffman Stadium (also called Royals Stadium)
Home of: Kansas City Royals 1973-present

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Coliseum:
Home of: LA Dodgers 1958-61
Location: Location: About 3 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles and adjacent to the Univesity of Southern California campus. Bound by Menlo Avenue (W), West 39th Street and North Coliseum Drive (N), South Park Drive and S. Coliseum Drive (S), South Figueroa Street and I-110 (E).
Remnants: Still standing

Wrigley Field:
Home of: Los Angeles Angels 1961
Demolished: 1966
Location: In south-central Los Angeles at the intersection of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard. First base (S), 42nd Place; right field (E), Avalon Boulevard; left field (N), 41st Place; third base (W), San Pedro Street.
Remnants: We haven’t been to this one but, according to, there’s now a public park and recreation center, a community mental health center, and a senior citizens' center on the site.

Dodger Stadium (also called Chavez Ravine):
Home of: LA Dodgers 1962-present, LA Angels 1962-65

Miami, Florida

Dolphin Stadium (also called Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Stadium)
Home of: Florida Marlins 1993-present

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lloyd Street Grounds
Home of: Milwaukee Brewers (later St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles) 1901
Location: About one mile northwest of downtown Milwaukee in the eastern part of a block bound by West North Street on the north, North 16th Street on the east, North 18th Street on the west and West Lloyd Street on the south. The field faced due north, so Lloyd Street ran directly behind home plate and the grandstand.
Remnants: We haven’t been to this one but I don’t think there’s anything to see there.

Milwaukee County Stadium
Home of: Milwaukee Braves 1953-65, Milwaukee Brewers 1970-2000
Demolished: 2001
Location: 201 South 46th Street. Left field (E), Menomonee River and South 44th Street, later US-41 Stadium Freeway; third base (N), Story Parkway and Interstate 94; first base (W), General Mitchell Boulevard; right field (S), West National Avenue and the National Soldiers Home.
Remnants: When we were last there (in 2001), there was nothing showing where the park used to be. But I’ve read that this is now a parking lot for the new Brewers’ park (it’s right next door to it) and there’s something in the parking lot showing where home plate used to be.

Miller Park
Home of: Milwaukee Brewers 2001-present

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Metropolitan Stadium
Home of: Minnesota Twins 1961-81
Demolished: 1985
Location: In Bloomington, a suburb fifteen miles south of downtown Minneapolis, near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. 1st base (W) Cedar Avenue South; right field (E) East 83rd Street; Left field (S) 24th Avenue South; 3rd base (N) 83rd Street (renamed to Killebrew Drive).
Remnants: The Mall of America is on the site. A plaque at the location of home plate is located in Camp Snoopy in the mall. Also, a chair from the stadium is attached to a wall near Camp Snoopy at the approximate location of the longest home run ever hit at the ballpark (by Harmon Killebrew).

Home of: Minnesota Twins 1982-present

Montreal, Quebec

Jarry Park
Home of: Montreal Expos 1969-76
Location: About 7 kilometers (4.2 miles) from downtown Montreal. First base, Rue Faillon; right field, Boulevard St. Laurent and public swimming pool; left field, Rue Jarry; third base, Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks.
Remnants: We haven’t been to this one but says that it’s currently a tennis stadium.

Olympic Stadium
Home of: Montreal Expos 1977-2004
Remnants: Still standing

New York, New York

Polo Grounds III:
Home of: New York Giants 1891-1911
Burned down
Location: Northern half of Coogan’s hollow between 157th and 159th streets.
Remnants: There’s nothing to see there and it’s not in a very good area of town.

Washington Park III
Home of: Brooklyn Superbas (later Dodgers) 1898-1912
Location: Left field (NW), 3rd Avenue; third base (SW), 3rd Street; first base (SE), 4th Avenue; right field (NW), 1st Street.
Remnants: Part of the clubhouse wall is still there. It’s now the 3rd Avenue wall to the Con Edison yard at 222 1st Street in Brooklyn. It’s neat to see and not too far away from a subway stop.

Hilltop Park:
Home of: New York Highlanders (later Yankees) 1903-12
Demolished: 1914
Location: In the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, on the west side of Broadway. Left field (N), 168th Street; 3rd base (W), Fort Washington Avenue; 1st base (S), 165th Street; right field (E), Broadway.
Remnants: We haven’t been to this one but says that Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center is now on the site.

Polo Grounds IV:
Home of: New York Giants 1911-57, New York Yankees 1913-22, New York Mets 1962-63
Demolished: 1964
Location: Center field (SE), Eighth Avenue, then IRT elevated tracks, Harlem River, and Harlem River Drive; third base (NE), West 159th Street and IRT Rail Yards; home plate (NW), Bridge Park, then Harlem River Speedway, Coogan’s Bluff, and Croton Aqueduct; first base (SW), West 157th Street trace; same site as Polo Grounds (III); in the northern half of Coogan’s Hollow, 115 feet below Coogan’s Bluff.
Remnants: The Polo Grounds Towers (four 30-story apartment buildings) are now where the field used to be. There’s a sign in front of the apartments saying that Willie Mays used to play there.

Ebbets Field:
Home of: Brooklyn Dodgers (also called Robins) 1913-57
Demolished: 1960
Location: 55 Sullivan Place, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn (about three miles south by southeast down Flatbush Avenue from the Manhattan Bridge). Left field (N), Montgomery Street; third base (W), Franklin Avenue, later Cedar Place, later McKeever Place; first base (S), Sullivan Place; right field (E), Bedford Avenue.
Remnants: Ebbets Field Apartments (a housing project) now occupies the site. A plaque of home plate is located on the former site of home plate. But this is a very bad part of town and it’s not very safe to go in there.

Yankee Stadium:
Home of: New York Yankees 1923-present, except 1974-75

Shea Stadium:
Home of: New York Mets 1964-present, New York Yankees 1974-75

Oakland, California

Oakland-Alameda Country Stadium (also called Network Associates Coliseum, UMAX Stadium)
Home of: Oakland A’s 1968-present

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Baker Bowl II (also called Huntington Street Baseball Grounds, National League Park, Philadelphia Park)
Home of: Philadelphia Phillies 1895-1938
Demolished: 1950
Location: Left field (N), West Lehigh Avenue; third base (W), North 15th Street; first base (S), West Huntingdon Street; right field (E), North Broad Street; Philadelphia and Reading Railroad tunnel beneath outfield.
Remnants: An historical marker, containing information about the Baker Bowl, is at the former location of the ballpark.

Columbia Park
Home of: Philadelphia A’s 1901-08
Location: In the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia on the 2900 block of Columbia Avenue. Left field (N by NE), Columbia Avenue; 3rd base (W by NW), 30th Street; 1st base (S by SW), Oxford Street; right field (E by SE), 29th Street.
Remnants: We haven’t been to this site but I don’t know of anything to see there.

Shibe Park (also called Connie Mack Stadium)
Home of: Philadelphia A’s 1909-54, Philadelphia Phillies 1938-70
Demolished: 1976
Location: Left field (N), West Somerset Street; third base (W), North 21st Street; first base (S), West Lehigh Avenue; right field (E), North 20th Street.
Remnants: It’s now the site of the Deliverance Evangelistic Church. An historical marker, containing information about Shibe Park, is at the former location of the ballpark.

Veterans Stadium
Home of: Philadelphia Phillies 1971-2003
Demolished: 2004
Location: Left field (N by NE), Packer Street and Interstate 76; third base (W by NW), Broad Street; first base (S by SW), Pattison Avenue, First Union Spectrum and Center; right field (E by SE), Tenth Street.
Remnants: When we were last there in 2004, it was being built into a parking lot for the new stadium (which is right next door). We were told that the parking lot was supposed to have markings for the former field.

Citizens Bank Park
Home of: Philadelphia Phillies 2004-present

Phoenix, Arizona

Bank One Ballpark
Home of: Arizona Diamondbacks 1998-present

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Exposition Park (III)
Home of: Pittsburgh Pirates 1891-1909
Location: On the north shore of the Allegheny River across from downtown Pittsburgh, close to the current location of Three Rivers Stadium. Left field (S), B & O R.R. tracks and the Allegheny River; 3rd base (E), School (Scotland) Street; 1st base (N), South Avenue; right field (W), Grant (Galveston) Street.
Remnants: A plaque along the riverfront marks the site of the ballpark and provides historical information. The locations of home plate, the bases and the pitcher’s rubber are painted into a parking lot in between PNC Park and Heinz Field. The markings are fading and you have to look carefully to find them.

Forbes Field
Home of: Pittsburgh Pirates 1909-70
Demolished 1971
Location: Two miles east of downtown Pittsburgh and just northwest of Schenley Park in the southern part of the University of Pittsburgh campus. Left field (NE), Schenley Drive (Bigelow Boulevard, Forbes Field Avenue, Pennant Place); third base (NW), Sennott Street (now gone), then Forbes Avenue; first base (SW) Boquet Street; right field (SE), none in the immediate vicinity, but Joncaire Street was the closest street in that direction.
Remnants: Posvar Hall is on the site of right field, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Forbes Quadrangle is on the site of the former infield. The center-field and right-center brick wall still stands, including the flagpole that was in play in the field. A red-brick line in the sidewalk traces the rest of the outfield wall. A plaque marks the spot of Bill Mazeroski’s home run from the 1960 World Series. If you go into the Forbes Quadrangle building, you can see home plate under glass in the floor. A plaque was placed near the wall providing historical information in 2006. This is my favorite former ballpark site because so much of it is left standing.

Three Rivers Stadium
Home of: Pittsburgh Pirates 1970-2000
Demolished 2001
Location: 600 Stadium Circle. Left field (E), Interstate 279 Fort Duquesne Bridge approach ramp; third base (N), Reedsdale Street; first base (W), Allegheny Avenue, Ohio River, and the original point where the Monongahela River joins the Allegheny River to form the Ohio River; right field (S), North Shore Avenue, Roberto Clemente Memorial Park, Allegheny River; Stadium Circle encircles the park.
Remnants: None that we could find the last time we were there (in 2007) except for a large pole that marked one of the old entrances. The site is between where the current Pirates and Steelers parks are.

PNC Park
Home of: Pittsburgh Pirates 2001-present

San Diego, California

Jack Murphy Stadium (also called Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego Stadium)
Home of: San Diego Padres 1969-2003
Location: Left field (N by NE), 9449 Friars Road; third base (W by NW), Stadium Way and a quarry; first base (S by SW), San Diego River, Camino del Rio North, and Interstate 8; right field (E by SE), Interstate 15.
Remnants: Still standing

Petco Park
Home of: San Diego Padres 2004-present

San Francisco, California

Seals Stadium
Home of: San Francisco Giants 1958-59
Location: At the corner of 16th & Bryant Streets. Right field (S), 16th Street; first base (W), Bryant; third base (N), Alameda Street; left field (E), Potrero Avenue.
Remnants: There’s a strip center with a Safeway store there now. There’s nothing to mark the fact that a ballpark used to be there.

Candlestick Park (also called 3Com Park)
Home of: San Francisco Giants 1960-99
Location: In the southeast corner of San Francisco at Candlestick point. Left field (NW), Giants Drive; third base (SW), Jamestown Avenue and Bay View Hill; first base (SE), Jamestown Avenue, Candlestick Point, and San Francisco; right field (NE), Hunters Point Expressway and San Francisco Bay.
Remnants: Still standing

Pacific Bell Park
Home of: San Francisco Giants 2000-present

Seattle, Washington

Sicks’ Stadium
Home of: Seattle Pilots (later Milwaukee Brewers) 1969
Demolished 1979
Location: 1st base (W), 2700 Rainier Avenue South; right field (S), South McClellan Street; left field (E), Empire Way South (now Martin Luther King Jr. Way South); 3rd base (N), Bayview Street.
Remnants: We haven’t been there but says that the Sicks' Stadium site is now home to an Eagle Hardware and Garden store. There’s a glass display case inside the store that shows some memorabilia from the Pilots.

Home of: Seattle Mariners 1977-99
Demolished 2000
Location: Left field (N), 201 South King Street; third base (W), 589 Occidental Avenue South; first base (S), South Royal Brougham Way; right field (E), Fourth Avenue South and Burlington Northern Railroad tracks.
Remnants: The new Seahawks stadium is on the site.

Safeco Field
Home of: Seattle Mariners 1999-present

St. Louis, Missouri

Robison Field
Home of: St. Louis Cardinals (also called Brown Stockings, Perfectos) 1893-1920
Location: Left field (SE), Prairie Avenue; third base (NE), Natural Bridge Avenue and Fairground Park; first base (NW), Vandeventer Avenue; right field (SW), Lexington Avenue.
Remnants: A high school is on the site of the ballpark. A plaque on the school grounds provides historical information about the ballpark. The plaque was placed there in June 2006.

Sportsman’s Park (also called Busch Stadium)
Home of: St. Louis Browns 1902-53, St. Louis Cardinals 1920-66
Demolished 1966
Remnants: The Herbert Hoover Boys’ Club now stands on the site of the stadium. A sign commemorating it as the site of the ballpark is painted on the building, along with historical information about the ballpark.

Busch Stadium
Home of: St. Louis Cardinals 1966-2005
Location: Left field (E), Broadway, Interstate 70, Gateway Arch, and Mississippi River; third base (N), Walnut Street; first base (W), Seventh Street and 300 Stadium Plaza; right field (S), Spruce Street; Stadium Plaza surrounds the park.
Remnants: When we were there in 2006, the site (which is right next door to the new stadium) was still a construction site.

Busch Stadium II
Home of: St. Louis Cardinals 2006-present

Tampa, Florida

Tropicana Field
Home of: Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1998-present

Toronto, Ontario

Exhibition Stadium:
Home of: Toronto Blue Jays 1977-89
Demolished: 1999
Location: Near Lake Ontario about a mile west of downtown Toronto between Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard West.
Remnants: None that we know of. When my dad was last there, the stadium was still standing.

Sky Dome:
Home of: Toronto Blue Jays 1989-present

Washington DC

American League Park I:
Home of: Washington Senators 1901-1903
Location: At the corner of Florida Avenue NE and Trinidad Avenue NE. Left field (NE), what would become Neal Street NE; third base (NW), Trinidad; first base (SW), Florida Avenue NE; right field (SE), Bladensburg Road.
Remnants: We haven’t been to this site but aren’t aware of anything to see there.

National Park (also called American League Park II)
Home of: Washington Senators 1904-10
We couldn’t find location information on this ballpark.

Griffith Stadium (also called American League Park, League Park, National Park, Clark Griffith Park, Beyer’s Seventh Street Park):
Home of: Washington Senators 1911-61
Demolished: 1965
Location: Left field (E), Larch (later Fifth) Street NW; third base (N), Howard University, then Pomeroy (later W) Street NW; first base (W), J. Frank Kelley Lumber and Mill Works, then Georgia Avenue (also called Seventh Street) NW; right field (S), Spruce Street (later U) Street NW.
Remnants: There’s nothing currently there to mark the location of this ballpark. The Clark Griffith Memorial that used to be outside the stadium is now outside of RFK Stadium.

RFK Stadium (also called DC Stadium):
Home of: Washington Senators 1962-71, Washington Nationals 2005-2007
Location: Corner of Independence Avenue and 22nd Street in Southeast Washington D.C.
Remnants: Still standing.

Results of last week’s poll:
Out of my top player the Rangers should consider at each position, who do you think the Rangers should pursue?
Torii Hunter – 75%
Ron Mahay – 13%
Kyle Lohse – 8%
Sean Casey – 4%
All others – 0%

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Come back next week for the first part of an analysis of all the trades Tom Grieve made as Rangers GM.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Free Agent Analysis

This week, I’ll list the best free agents at each position and highlight the ones that are the best fit for the Rangers.

1st base:
1. Sean Casey: Sean had a down year last year but we need a first baseman and he probably wouldn’t cost much after last year. Sean played for the Tigers last year after playing with the Reds. He is 33 and his career batting average is .301.
Prediction: Signs 1 year $2.6 million deal with Rangers.
2. Mike Lamb
3. Tony Clark
4. Shea Hillenbrand
5. Doug Mientkiewicz
6. Julio Franco
7. Mark Sweeney

2nd base:
1. Luis Castillo
2. Mark Loretta
3. Kaz Matsui
4. Tadahito Iguchi
5. Miguel Cairo: The Rangers have their starting second baseman in Ian Kinsler. Miguel Cairo would be more than happy to sign as a back-up, because he will probably get a minor league deal. Miguel played for the Cardinals last year and struggled, batting .253 with no homers and only 15 RBI’s.
Prediction: Signs minor-league deal with the Angels
6. Marcus Giles

3rd base:
1. A-ROD
2. Mike Lowell
3. Tony Batista
4. Aaron Boone
5. Russell Branyan
6. Geoff Blum: There’s nobody on this list that we can get and promise a starting role to, since we can’t get A-ROD or Lowell. Blum would be a good guy to have as a back-up third baseman. Last year, he hit .252 with 5 homers and 33 RBI’s.
Prediction: Signs 1 year $950 K deal with the Astros
7. Mark Bellhorn
8. Jeff Cirillo
9. Tony Graffanino
10. Pedro Feliz
11. Cesar Isturis

Short Stop:
1. David Eckstein
2. Tomohiro Nioka
3. Royce Clayton: We definitely don’t need a short-stop, but he would be good as a possible second base/short-stop back-up. He also would probably accept a deal that would have him fighting to make the team in Spring Training. Last year, with the Red Sox, he hit .246 with 1 home run and 12 RBI’s.
Prediction: Signs 1 year $750 K deal with the Royals
4. Ramon Martinez
5. John McDonald
6. Omar Visquel

Catcher: The Rangers are deep at this position so none of these free agents are a fit.
1. Jorge Posada
2. Pudge
3. Paul Lo Duca
4. Michael Barrett
5. Jason Kendall
6. Brad Ausmus
7. Mike Piazza
8. Rod Barajas
9. Doug Mirabelli
10. Yorvit Torrealba
11. Mike Lieberthal
12. Jason Larue
13. Sandy Alomar Jr.

1. Torii Hunter: Torii can play defense really well as he is a 7-time gold glove winner. He is also a 2-time all-star. Last year, he hit .287 with 28 homers and 107 RBI’s. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Prediction: Signs 6-year, $96M deal with the Rangers
2. Andruw Jones
3. Aaron Rowand
4. Kosuke Fukudome
5. Kenny Lofton
6. Barry Bonds
7. Jose Guillen
8. Corey Patterson
9. Milton Bradley
10. Shawn Green
11. Brad Wilkerson
12. Luis Gonzalez
13. Sammy Sosa
14. Shannon Stewart
15. Mike Cameron
16. Geoff Jenkins
17. Cliff Floyd
18. Trot Nixon
19. Jose Cruz Jr.
20. Rob Mackowiak
21. Ryan Klesko
22. Eric Hinske

Starting Pitcher:
1. Kazumi Saito
2. Carlos Silva
3. Freddy Garcia
4. Kenshin Kawamaki
5. Kyle Lohse: Last year Kyle Lohse struggled, going 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA, but he almost pitched 200 innings. But his numbers have been improving and he has a great fastball. He is only 29 years old. For the Rangers he would be the #2 or #3 starting pitcher.
Prediction: Signs 5-year, $46 million contract with the Rangers
6. Livan Hernandez
7. Jason Jennings
8. Tom Glavine
9. Shawn Chacon
10. Jeff Weaver
11. Kenny Rogers
12. Randy Wolf
13. Jeremy Affeldt
14. Tony Armas
15. Bartolo Colon
16. Casey Fossum
17. Matt Clement
18. Shawn Estes
19. Mark Redman

Relief Pitchers:
1. Scott Linebrink
2. Octavio Dotel
3. Ron Mahay: Ron is a very good left-handed relief pitcher. Last year he went 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA. Even though he’s 36, he’s showing no signs of wearing down.
Prediction: Signs 2 year $5 million deal with the Angels
4. Kerry Wood
5. Antonio Alfonseca
6. Scott Eyre

Results of last week’s poll:
Who is the number one priority for the Rangers to re-sign?
None – 47%
Jamey Wright – 29%
Brad Wilkerson – 9%
Sammy Sosa – 9%
Jerry Hairston – 6%

Come back next week for a special on former ballparks.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Playoff Awards

This week I will give my playoff awards. These are based on the whole playoffs, not just one series.

AL Awards:

AL Playoff MVP: Mike Lowell: .353 AVG, 2 HR, 15 RBI, .410 OBP: He was the World Series MVP, has a batting average over .350 and 15 RBI.
Runner-up: Kevin Youkilis
Also should be mentioned: Jacoby Ellsbury

AL Playoff Cy Young: Josh Beckett: 4-0, 1.20 ERA, 35 K, 30 IP: Josh Beckett tied the best playoff record ever, had more strike-outs than innings and a 1.20 ERA.
Runner-up: Curt Schilling
Also should be mentioned: Paul Byrd

AL Manager of the Playoffs: Terry Francona: The Red Sox won the World Series.
Runner-up: Eric Wedge

NL Awards:

NL Playoff MVP: Matt Holliday: .289 AVG, 5 HR, 10 RBI, .319 OBP: Nobody really dominated in hitting in the NL playoffs, but Matt Holliday’s 5 home runs barely puts him ahead of Kaz Matsui. Stephen Drew probably did better but his team didn’t get as far.
Runner-up: Kaz Matsui
Also should be mentioned: Stephen Drew

NL Playoff Cy Young: Ubaldo Jimenez: 0-1, 2.25 ERA, 13 K, 16 IP: He was 0-1, but he had a 2.25 ERA, the best of any starter that made it out of the divisional series.
Runner-up: Doug Davis
Also should be mentioned: Brandon Webb

NL Manager of the Playoffs: Clint Hurdle: The Rockies won the NL pennant.
Runner-up: Bob Melvin

The Red Sox dominated the World Series winning by a total score of 29-10. That’s an average score of 7.25-2.5 and an average deficit of 4.75. The Red Sox have won the World Series 2 times in the past 4 years, both series were sweeps.

3 of the past 4 World Series have been sweeps, the other one went to 5 games. The last time there was a seven game World Series was in 2002. There hasn’t been a World Series MVP with a last name starting with the letter L since Mickey Lolich in 1968. But it’s only been since ’04 when someone has won the World Series MVP with a first name starting with the letter M and that was Manny Ramirez. The Rockies have one of the five youngest-average starting pitching rotation in the World Series with an average age of 25.8.

Other MLB notes: Jose Guillen is a free agent. The Mariners didn’t pick up his contract. The Yankees picked up the $16 million contract on Bobby Abreu. The Rangers are tied for the 7th least amount of free agents.

Results of last week’s poll:
Who do you think is the best GM out of the last 3 Ranger GMs?
Doug Melvin – 75%
Jon Daniels – 18%
John Hart – 7%

Come back next week for a free agent analysis.