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Top Ten Retro Stadiums I Want to See in MLB The Show

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Top Ten Retro Stadiums I Want to See in MLB The Show

MLB The Show 19 does an amazing job at re-creating the cathedrals of our favorite baseball teams. And over the course of the sport’s deep and rich history, stadiums have always seemed to carry their own persona, and many fans have grown as attached to them as they do to the teams that play within their walls.

Even with the bevy of stadiums, both current and past, that MLB The Show offers up, there are so many more I would love to see make their way into the series. So I wanted to look at 10 stadiums I personally would to see in the game, and why I consider them so iconic.

1. Tiger Stadium (Detroit Tigers 1912-1999)

One of the most iconic stadiums in MLB history, Tiger Stadium saw Ty Cobb as a regular for 14 years, Babe Ruth hit a home run that was estimated between 575-600 feet, the Iron Horse (Lou Gehrig) ended his consecutive streak of 2,130 games played here, and it served as home to one of the best teams ever assembled in the form of the World Champion 1984 Detroit Tigers.

2. Houston Astrodome (Houston Astros 1965-1999)

Promoted as the “8th wonder of the world” when it opened, the Astrodome was the first stadium to install an artificial turf playing surface, the first animated scoreboard in MLB history, and saw Mickey Mantle provide the stadium’s first single and home run. In 1986, the Astrodome played host to a 16-inning playoff game between the Mets and the Astros, the longest playoff game in MLB history (at the time).

3. Comiskey Park (Chicago White Sox 1910-1990)

The stadium, located on the “Southside” of Chicago, saw four World Series, the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal, and the birth of famous broadcaster Harry Caray’s seventh-inning stretch rendition of “take me out to the ballgame.” The stadium also had the “picnic area” and one of the most famous scoreboards in MLB history that had exploding pinwheels after each Sox home run.

4. Seattle Kingdome (Seattle Mariners 1976-2000)

While not providing as many historic memories as most iconic MLB parks, the Kingdome was the setting for one of the greatest playoff games in MLB history on October 8, 1995, as the Mariners defeated the Yankees in 11 innings. Sixty-thousand fans (and millions more on TV) saw Mariners star Edgar Martinez double home Joey Cora and Ken Griffey Jr., to win the playoff series, and vault the Mariners to their very first ALCS. The Kingdome was also the birthplace of MLB greats, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr., and on June 27, 1999, Ken Griffey Jr. hit the very last home run in Kingdome history.

5. Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego Padres 1967–2003)

Considered by many as a typical “cookie-cutter” stadium design, the “Murph” has gone through multiple name changes and stopped hosting the Padres in 2003. While not an iconic venue, JMS was home to MLB legend Tony Gwynn, and in 1984, provided the backdrop for one of the most memorable MLB playoff comebacks, as the Padres (down 2-0 in a best of five series) came back and defeated the Chicago Cubs three games to two and sent the Padres to their first World Series. Other notable moments in the history of the “Murph” saw Dodgers Pitcher Orel Hershiser break Don Drysdale’s scoreless inning streak, and Oakland A’s great Rickey Henderson collect hit 3,000.

6. Municipal Stadium (Kansas City A’s, Monarchs, Royals 1923-1976)

Although Municipal Stadium opened in 1923, it did not host an MLB team until The Philadelphia A’s relocated to Kansas City in 1955. The stadium was home to the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs (The NNL’s longest-running franchise) who provided 11 league championships and was home to the legendary Buck O’Neil and Jackie Robinson (before signing with Brooklyn). Municipal Stadium was also the birthplace of A’s greats such as Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando and Catfish Hunter — and, of course, eccentric owner, Charlie Finley. The Kansas City Royals left Municipal for the greener pastures of Kaufmann Stadium in 1972, and Municipal was demolished in 1976.

7. Metropolitan Stadium (Twins 1956-1981)

Home to the Minnesota Twins, the Met was almost the new home of The New York Giants until they picked California as their final landing spot. After losing the Giants to San Francisco, Washington Senators owner Calvin Griffith moved his team to the Met and renamed them the Minnesota Twins. The home of Harmon Killebrew, the venue also hosted both the MLB All-Star game and World Series in 1965, and in the inaugural game of the Met, the Twins hosted the new Washington Senators and lost 5-3. The famed Mall of America now sits atop the previous location of Metropolitan Stadium, but the home plate of the now-defunct stadium sits immortalized inside the mall for all to see.

8. Busch Memorial Stadium (Cardinals 1966-2005)

The stadium hosted the MLB All-Star game in its inaugural season and hosted six World Series in its lifetime. The grass was replaced in 1970 and fitted with AstroTurf, and saw temperatures during the infamous St. Louis summers reach upwards of 120 degrees on the field. The stadium was home to the iconic sixty-second home run from Cardinals great Mark McGwire, and although deemed by many as just another cookie-cutter stadium, the crowned arches that sat atop the stadium and iconic scoreboard gave “Busch II” its own unique look and feel.

9. Olympic Stadium (Montreal Expos 1976-2004)

Home to the now-defunct Montreal Expos (Washington Nationals), Olympic Stadium was built with a retractable roof (finished and installed later) and an Olympic-size swimming pool under the stadium’s tower. Billed as one of the most advanced stadium designs ever, Olympic stadium seemingly had one issue after another, with roof issues, playing surface issues, outfield wall issues, and in 1986, a large chunk of the tower fell onto the playing field prior to another Expos game on August 29 against the San Diego Padres. Even with the stadium’s multiple problems, the Expos drew large crowds in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and fans witnessed such baseball greats as Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Pedro Martinez and many more.

10. Exhibition Stadium (Blue Jays 1959-1989)

Exhibition Stadium was another dreaded “multi-use” stadium design, and one widely considered never suitable to host an MLB team, but in 1977 the stadium did just that. Although initially it was supposed to be the San Francisco Giants that relocated to Toronto, when that plan failed, Major League Baseball awarded Toronto an expansion team and thus the birth of the Toronto Blue Jays. The stadium was so ill-fitted for baseball that Blue Jays’ President, Paul Beeston, noted Exhibition Stadium “wasn’t just the worst stadium in baseball, it was the worst stadium in sports.” Even with the stadium’s issues with fog, cold and wind, the configuration would be amazing to play at in the MLB The Show series.

Wrapping Up

How likely is it that we see older, now defunct stadiums in future iterations of The Show? Not very. In fact, the developers have gone on record stating that, for now, the time and effort it takes to create the retro stadiums is simply not worth the return. While they may change their stance on this in the future, I think the best fans can hope for would be an incredibly detailed stadium creator.

Which stadiums would you like to see added to the game?

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  1. When was Metropolitan Stadium ('60s/'70s Twins) last in a baseball v. game? Was it MVP 05? I loved that stadium to play in. 
    I like all of your suggestions. Tiger and Comiskey feel like slam dunks. I also love to see: Baker Bowl, Seals Stadium, Candlestick, Fulton County, Baltimore Memorial, Arlington, County Stadium, Ebbets Field (I know), Braves Field (Boston) and then some real MiL stadiums as well: Charlotte, Chattanooga, Memphis ... 
    Would love Exhibition Stadium to be in the game. I watched a few games sitting up in those metal bleachers. Fond memories for sure.
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    TreyzAllDayz
    How about the HHH Medtrodome?!* The Twins won two WS in the Dome.* Maybe it is in The Show already, I'll have to look!

    It's already in the game
    Greencollarbaseball
    I want the Coliseum pre-Mt. Davis.
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    It still wasn't beautiful by any stretch, but the Oakland hills skyline version certainty looked far better than the current version.
    johnnyg83
    When was Metropolitan Stadium ('60s/'70s Twins) last in a baseball v. game? Was it MVP 05? I loved that stadium to play in.*
    I like all of your suggestions. Tiger and Comiskey feel like slam dunks. I also love to see: Baker Bowl, Seals Stadium, Candlestick, Fulton County, Baltimore Memorial, Arlington, County Stadium, Ebbets Field (I know), Braves Field (Boston) and then some real MiL stadiums as well: Charlotte, Chattanooga, Memphis ...*

    It's only Single-A, so a lot would have to change in game for this to happen, but I'd love to see Fort Wayne's Parkview Field in there. One of the most attractive minor league parks I've ever seen.
    I like the old stadiums but the ones I don't want to see are the cookie cutter's. There was nothing special about any of those. Seen one, seen them all.
    JHodges57
    I like the old stadiums but the ones I don't want to see are the cookie cutter's. There was nothing special about any of those. Seen one, seen them all.
    it would be nice to have one ''generic cookie-cutter stadium'' that you could modify outfield dimensions & rename, a sort of precursor to a full-fledged create-a-stadium
    JHodges57
    I like the old stadiums but the ones I don't want to see are the cookie cutter's. There was nothing special about any of those. Seen one, seen them all.

    Those were horrible. It almost seems like the new retractable roof stadiums are the next generation of cookie cutters if they don't start getting more creative though...
    NolanRyansSnowmonkey
    Those were horrible. It almost seems like the new retractable roof stadiums are the next generation of cookie cutters if they don't start getting more creative though...

    Horrible yes, but I grew up going to Pirate games at 3 Rivers and would love to see it in the game. It may have been a dump but it was my dump :cheers444
    ...Baker Bowl...
    if we were to only get one new old stadium , I know Ebbets and a couple others (Tiger , Comiskey) would probably be the most often mentioned but Baker Bowl would be my first choice . that rightfield wall ! ! it was to Philly pitchers then , what Coors is to todays Rockies pitchers
    LetsGoBucs
    Horrible yes, but I grew up going to Pirate games at 3 Rivers and would love to see it in the game. It may have been a dump but it was my dump :cheers444

    Lol yes! thats how i feel about old Arlington Stadium. Probably even more dumpy lol. But i loved it.
    I remember Tony LaRussa for the the PC in like 1994 had a ton of stadiums. I would spent hours just playing exhibitions in them. I think All-Star Baseball had the best selection of stadiums in the last 15 or years on a game. It would be super awesome if that added anymore, but as has been mentioned a create-a-stadium feature would scratch this itch quite nicely.
    Tiger Stadium should really be in this game. If you want a cookie cutter, either Olympic Stadium or the Astrodome. And yes, I do still have a weird fondness for The 'Stick as well.
    Pretty much anything new will do, the selection of classic stadiums have been stale for years.
    NolanRyansSnowmonkey
    One ballpark i really miss is Safeco Field. I hope they put that in the Classic Parks next year. I loved playing in that park....
    nope . no . nay . not . never .
    good riddance Safeco , we hardly knew ye . place was a dump , roof wouldnt shut all the way & they could never schedule October ball there . problem is T-Mobile has the same problem with its roof . and I aint ready to cede October to this April M's squad either . if the Studio would create & add Bricktown Ballpark to the mix , I'd move all Seattle games there .
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    rem1967
    Ebbets Field, the Astrodome, Metropolitan Stadium, Milwaukee County Stadium, Stade Olympique, and RFK Stadium.

    I want to add Comiskey Park to my wish list.
    The Astrodome
    Arlington Stadium
    Tiger Stadium
    Olympic Stadium
    Comiskey Park
    Oakland Coliseum (before Mt. Davis)
    Kingdome
    Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium
    Original Kaufman Stadium w/ Astro Turf
    Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium
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    There isnt a park mentioned that I wouldnt want in the game.
    But for me i would like some more fictional parks as well. I play most of my minor league games and I love the minor league parks they have created. Its been fun watching them develope these parks thru the years to what they have become today.
    Bullit
    There isnt a park mentioned that I wouldnt want in the game.
    But for me i would like some more fictional parks as well. I play most of my minor league games and I love the minor league parks they have created. Its been fun watching them develope these parks thru the years to what they have become today.

    Me too, but I really hope they get rid of the low res textures outside the outfield walls when shifting to the ps5.
    Caulfield
    it would be nice to have one ''generic cookie-cutter stadium'' that you could modify outfield dimensions & rename, a sort of precursor to a full-fledged create-a-stadium

    Yes, classic rosters are totally worthless to me until I get Riverfront Stadium or a decent looking cookie cutter to substitute

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