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missed it by thaaaat much
on July 4, 2012
As someone who loves touring the globe seeing ballgames and visiting ballparks this book should be right up my alley. Sadly, it is so flawed, it really needs a re-edit.
To start with the book lists the ballparks in alphabetical order. Given the names of sponsored ballparks change so often the book was out of date the minute it was published. Why did the author not think to group the ballparks by city? I'd sooner see all Chicago's ballparks, for example, side by side on consecutive pages.
The photos range from good to incredibly flat and boring. How many generic shots of empty stands do you need in one book? What was needed was far more creativity in photography. Also, the photos seem to miss out on many of the unique features of each ballpark.
Speaking of unique features the author's writeups on each ballpark seem oddly at times to miss many of them from the sandbox area out in the bleachers at Petco to Jarry Park's swimming pool over the right field fence.
Don't get me started on some doozy typos. He had the team playing in Vancouver's Nat Bailey (or Capiliano as he prefers the older name) Stadium as the
Indians in the fact box next to the article on said ballpark. He gets it correct in the article that the current team is called the Canadians. By the way, there has been a Mounties but never an Indians farm club or team name used in Vancouver.
Finally, why 500? Why not 450? Or 200? Or 1,000? Like the book itself the whole thing seems so arbitrary. I think this concept works way better on the Web than in book form.