We’ve reached the finals round of the 2018 MiLB Best of the Ballparks fan vote for the three Double-A leagues, with Dunkin’ Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats) facing off against Hammons Field (Springfield Cardinals). So you know what to do: vote!
Dunkin’ Donuts Park is last year’s champion and as a result our top seed, while Hammons Field rose through the brackets after a few upsets, including a victory over #2 seed Blue Wahoos Stadium. So this should be a fascinating vote!
We know from marketing stats a third of our readers work in the baseball industry, so we’re tapping into that collective expertise. And we know from our research that a third of our readers sell to the baseball industry, so that expertise will be valuable as well. The remaining third — fans, media, government — will certainly have a different view on things as well. We can’t wait to see what our readers — whom we consider to be the smartest folks in baseball — say about the best of the ballparks.
Here’s our schedule for Best of the Ballparks 2018 vote:
Class A and Class AA: Now-June 19
Class AAA: June 14-July 6
Short Season A/Rookie: June 18-July 6
Independent: June 22-July 9
Summer Collegiate: July 2-22
We are running the contest with seeded brackets, so there will be plenty of action in coming days. Here’s a breakdown of the voting schedule:
First Round: Competed
Second Round: Completed
Elite Eight: Completed
Final Four: Completed
Some things to note. First, you are allowed to vote multiple times, but you can only vote once per day. Second, you don’t need to fill out a full slate: partially filled votes will count. A running tally of the vote will be presented, and you can view the results to date in the brackets graphic at the bottom of this page.
Here’s our ranking of Double-A ballparks, combining Eastern, Southern and Texas League ballparks. This was an extremely difficult list to seed, as there are plenty of great Double-A ballparks, and it took several days of thought and deliberation. Results of last year’s vote also played a part in our seedings. Occupying the top spot is Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats, the winner of the Best of the Ballparks 2017 voting. We honestly don’t expect the voting to follow our seedings: our readers can be independent, and they share a love of ballparks and the fan experience. Over 115,000 fans have already voted in this competition, and more folks have already voted in the Double-A round than all of 2017.