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Rafael Montero

Las Vegas 51s starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Fresno. (Gordon Donovan)


Top Prospects of New York Mets in 2014

Coming to a major league ball park near you very soon. The top prospects of the New York Mets for 2014 according MLB and photographed by Gordon Donovan. I visited the Las Vegas 51’s for four games and then Savannah for a few games in cold and wet Lakewood. Binghamton is a frequent destination as well as Brooklyn.

To be eligible for a list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.

Noah Syndergaard

Las Vegas 51s starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (50) throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Fresno. (Gordon Donovan)


The faces of the game

Derek Jeter

New York Yankees Derek Jeter (2) smiles watching batting practice before a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. (Gordon Donovan)

Ballpark Roadtrip: Petco Park

Petco Park is an open-air ballpark in downtown San Diego, California. It opened in 2004, replacing Qualcomm Stadium as the home park of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres. Petco Park is named after the pet supplies retailer Petco, which is based in San Diego and paid for the naming rights.

Ballpark Roadtrip: Comerica Park

Comerica Park primarily serves as the home for the Detroit Tigers, who moved to the new venue in 2000. Comerica is the third home for the Tigers since becoming a charter member of the American League in 1901. The team previously played in Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) and Bennett Park (1901-1911). The club was founded in 1894 as part of the Western League.

Ballpark Roadtrip: Rangers Ballpark

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is a ballpark in Arlington, Texas, located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. It was known as The Ballpark in Arlington until May 7, 2004, when Ameriquest bought the naming rights to the ballpark and renamed it Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

On March 19, 2007, the Texas Rangers severed their relationship with Ameriquest and announced that the stadium would be named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Ballpark Roadtrip: Turner Field

Atlanta is a beautiful city, clean with friendly people. Same goes for Turner Field for the first game I attended.

The ball park is just south of downtown Atlanta, just off the highway. I found a parking lot that was small on the side of street for $12.00. Wearing a plain colored t-shirt, I was greeted by friendly security guards that checked my backpack at main gate. They asked about my camera I was carrying and if I had a pocketknife?

Ballpark Roadtrip: Forbes Field

Forbes Field was a baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1909 to June 28, 1970. It was the third home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the first home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.The stadium was named after British general John Forbes, who fought in the French and Indian War, and named the city in 1758.

The US $1 million ($26.3 million today) project was initiated by Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Barney Dreyfuss, with the goal of replacing his franchise’s then-current home, Exposition Park. The stadium was made of concrete and steel (one of the first of its kind) in order to increase its lifespan. The Pirates opened Forbes Field on June 30, 1909 against the Chicago Cubs, and would play the final game that was also against the Cubs on June 28, 1970.

Ballpark Roadtrip: Chase Field

Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark) is the second stadium I have visited with a retractable room. Milwaukee was the first; while I was there the Brewers had the roof opened a sunny 80 degree day. I not a big fan of retractable roof ballparks, but it’s necessary in Phoenix and some other cities.

Chase Field had the roof opened when I arrived for a tour at 11:30 in the morning. The temperature in Phoenix that day reached 115 degrees, so a roof is necessary in the Arizona summer.