The Cactus League 2023 Best of the Ballparks fan vote is now in the Final Four round, as the top four seeds all advanced from the Elite Eight round.
Sloan Park needed a late rally to closely edge Goodyear Ballpark in the Elite Eight round. Other than that, the other three brackets were not particularly close. Receiving the most votes in the Elite Eight round: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies), Camelback Ranch-Glendale (Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers), Peoria Stadium (San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners) and Sloan Park (Chicago Cubs). So we move to the Final Four!
If you are a new reader of this site, this is your introduction to what’s become an annual highlight for us: a series of fan votes on spring training, college, MLB, MiLB, independent and summer-collegiate ballparks, where fans choose their favorites. When we are asked for our ballpark rankings, we point folks toward these stories, as they’re based on our rankings.
We based these rankings both on the ballparks and the accompanying training facilities. This was a hard bracket to seed: there’s not a whole lot of difference between the top and the bottom of the list. There are lots of intangibles as well—traditional and historic vs. shiny and new, design aesthetics, workout facilities the public doesn’t see, neighborhood amenities vs. lots of parking—but we think we’ve taken all these intangibles into account. In any case, we’re eager to see how our fans vote.
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 lineups 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 once we hit the second round. Vote below: