Every week during the MLB season, the experts at CBS Sports will gather for a roundtable discussion titled “Batting Around,” where they will discuss any topic you can think of. The most recent events, a query about the game’s past, speculation about baseball’s potential future… all sorts of things. We took a look at the contenders who needed to improve their trade deadline positioning last week. This week, we’ll talk about the weirdest places you can play baseball.
Where do you wish Major League Baseball would stage a game similar to the one in Field of Dreams?
The Matt Snyder Show: Last year, I tried five different solutions before settling on this one. Major League Baseball has the resources to pull off these kinds of special series, so I hope they do all five. However, if I had to choose one that is the most faithful to the theme of this article, it would be a Sandlot game. An idea from a year ago was to construct a stadium with seating for eight thousand people, designed to look like the sandlot diamond from the film, complete with a fence in left field that echoed the one in the film. Why, yes! What about a treehouse with a big dog chilling in it, perched high above a parking lot?
Oh, yes, Major League Baseball, that sounds great.
It’s Mike Axisa, what’s up? I adore it when Major League Baseball moves the game to exotic locales. Last year’s Field of Dreams Game was fantastic. The game at Fort Bragg a few years ago was a lot of fun. This London Series was truly historic. Curaçao, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan, and so on are just a few of the places that come to mind when you ask me this question. Did you know that the Italian Baseball League has been running continuously since 1948? Let’s send over the big guns. Going to an MLB game in New Orleans or on Cape Cod would be fantastic, too. Taking Major League Baseball to areas that don’t have access to it is a noble cause, and doing so has the added bonus of providing a welcome distraction during the grind of the season.
Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey is my pick if I have to choose just one. It’s getting a $94 million facelift because it’s one of the few remaining Negro Leagues parks (expected to be completed this month). That area is rich in history. Hinchliffe Stadium was where Paterson native and American League integration pioneer Larry Doby and the Newark Eagles played baseball in 1947. Besides the New York Mets, the New York Black Yankees also played at this ballpark. At Hinchliffe Stadium on July 5 (the anniversary of Doby’s MLB debut), it’s inevitable that the Guardians will play against the Yankees dressed in Negro Leagues uniforms. Major League Baseball, please hurry up and finish this.
As for you, Dayn Perry: Let’s hold an exhibition game pitting the NFL champions against a team comprised of college football’s All-Stars, much like the old Chicago College All-Star Game. The current World Series champions would take on a team of college all-stars in this alternate reality. Baseball has a lot of built-in parity, so maybe we’d see an upset every once in a while, even though the MLB entrant would be huge favorites. Also, this could help raise awareness for college football, which is often overlooked.
T.R. Anderson: The variables make all the difference. The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is a prime example of a location that played a significant role in a movie. Assuming the context is more along the lines of “this would be a dream setting,” you have more leeway in deciding how to proceed. In principle, MLB has the resources to construct a sandlot field practically anywhere.
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