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Looking up links to articles on our home page "blog"
I know how it is. Sometimes when you're really into ballparks, you want to do some research on recent ballpark news. Since the home page of BASEBALLPARKS.COM acts as a blog of sorts to lead you to articles on all of the ballpark news of importance, it's a great place to check first. However, there's so much breaking news about baseball stadiums happening all the time that we change the content in those "feature boxes" very often -- sometimes multiple times in a day.
So what do you do when you want to read about a topic that has been "rotated off" the home page? Well, now you can check our Archives to see what topics have been touched upon on our home page. Of course, there is absolutely no guarantee that the links will still get you to the right article by the time you check out an older home page, but at least our blurb will probably give you enough info so that you can research the topic further on Google News or the like. And, of course, you can always search the entire BASEBALLPARKS.COM site through our Site Search function.
I update this archive every week or two. If you're doing research for a newspaper or magazine article, and you don't find what you're looking for here, feel free to call me at 512-826-0853.
Below are our summaries from 2013. If you're looking for items from last year, we've saved all of the summaries from 2012 on a special page. The links actually do take you to a representations of our home page from that week, complete with links to outside articles. Just keep in mind that the source material might not still be on those page. The summaries from 2011 are here, 2010 is here, 2009 is here, 2008 is here and 2007 here. Note that the summaries for 2007 through 2010 no longer have live links.
- January 24, 2013 -- The visitor counts at Baseballparks.com continue to be extremely strong, as we finished 2012 up 13.9% versus 2011; Ballpark e-Guides released a humorous commercial; a noted sports economist says the Rays need a new stadium, and it should be located in downtown Tampa; some of the most popular spots from which to "check in" on Facebook are MLB parks; Dodger Stadium is undergoing $100 million in upgrades this offseason; tax revenue to pay off the debt on Nationals Park is running higher than expected; the Twins' spring-training facility will be receiving $47 million in improvements over the next two years.
- March 15, 2013 -- Details on my slide-show presentation at Sun City Grand in Arizona were announced; the perceived failure of the financing plan for the new Marlins stadium might have a negative impact on the Rays getting a new ballpark; the first database of baseball-related statues was announced; Arizona State will start playing its home games at Phoenix Muni, since a proposed deal with the Cubs' new complex fell through; it was embarrassing how few fans were in line when the Marlins started selling single-game tickets; part of Cleveland's League Park is being rebuilt; a noted sports economist says the Rays must get a new park, and it needs to be in downtown Tampa.
- March 26, 2013 -- Peter Griggs' book about his experiences with U.S. baseball parks has been published in his native New Zealand; Joe's spring-training schedule was outlined; longtime friend of Baseballparks.com, Joe Pickering, has released a new baseball music CD; an assessment is being made to see if a new ballpark in Montreal would allow MLB to move back to that city; the father of a child killed at Sandy Hook Elementary will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day in Arlington; spring-training attendance is down so far this year; more dominoes in Arizona, as the AFL announces they're pulling the team out of Phoenix Muni and putting it in Glendale.
- April 5, 2013 -- We had more visitors in March than in any March in our history; our photo essay on the Cubs' final home game at HoHoKam Stadium was posted; the NY-Penn League announced a team will move to a to-be-built ballpark in Morgantown, WV; a status update on our articles in Sports Weekly was provided; many thanks to Sun City Grand Sports Interest Group for the fine turnout and feedback on the slide show we presented; Qualcomm is assessing and improving wireless coverage in MLB parks; the Mariners and Padres moved their fences in, and Dodger Stadium has received $100 million in upgrades; two vehicles were hoisted on platforms at Comerica Park; the Giants' use of technology was detailed in USA Today.
- April 11, 2013 -- We posted our 20-picture photo essay on the first baseball games ever played at the Alamodome; our article on Tropicana Field that appeared in Sports Weekly has triggered more useful dialog on the Ray's desperate need for a new park; Fenway Park's consecutive sell-out streak is over; the coldest day game ever was played at Rangers Ballpark; Commissioner Selig refused to meet with San Jose's mayor over the struggle to approve the A's to build a new park there.
- April 28, 2013 -- Birmingham's Regions Field opened; the demolition of El Paso's old City Hall paves the way for their new park to be built; business leaders in San Jose are considering a laswsuit to force MLB to decide on which team has the territorial rights for their city; the Blue Jays are planning to play exhibition games at Olympic Stadium in Montreal; a new two-team spring-training complex could be in the works in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida; Great American Ball Park hosted a 10-year-old boy with a rare form of blindness; we provided a link to the landmark article in Sports Illustrated about Jeffrey Loria and the outcry over the Marlins' stadium.