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The Best MLB Ballparks, Ranked, According To Yelp

Prior to 2000, when they moved out of Candlestick Park, the San Francisco Giants would have ranked near the bottom of such a list. But then again, they would have no World Series trophies … and Yelp hadn’t been invented, so the point is moot and let’s start over.

AT&T Park, my home field and site of numerous Jerry Garcia bobblehead events, was ranked in second place in the compilation of Yelp reviews by The Roosevelts. Of course if the reviews had been done by seagulls, AT&T would have been No. 1 by a wide margin.

Writers on that site have been to every MLB park themselves, and did their own top five … which varies slightly from the Yelp list, but has the same top two.

My top five list is also different, although confined to stadiums I’ve actually visited:

1. AT&T Park, 2. Safeco Field, 3. Petco Park, 4. Dodger Stadium. 5. Yankee Stadium.

See the slideshow below to find out which park is No. 1 according to Yelp reviews, and for the rest of the top 10 (plus a list of the rest). Ironically, the worst park in baseball, according to The Roosevelts, is right across the bay from AT&T … the O.co Coliseum. I’ve long wondered why some mover and/or shaker can’t get a piece of land down by Jack London Square and build a nice little waterfront ballpark, similar to AT&T. It would keep the A’s in town for a hundred years.

Anyway, slideshow:

  • jimmy

    Asinine ranking by some clueless hick from God knows where !

  • Rick Chandler

    Let’s see your obviously far superior rankings, then. Come on, Mr. Sophisticated!

  • Daniel A Bernath

    Class Claims Yelp Panders to Advertisers
    LOS ANGELES (CN) – Yelp “controls its reviews to pander to advertisers” and violates labor laws by refusing to pay reviewers for their work, a class action claims in Federal Court.
    Lead plaintiff Allen Panzer sued the search and social networking under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
    The site’s 108 million monthly visitors can see tens of millions of posted reviews of restaurants, bars, vendors and other businesses and professionals, the lawsuit states.
    Describing Yelp’s review system as “cult-like,” Panzer says the reviewers who make the site profitable are not paid a “single cent.”
    Panzer, of Houston, claims he has written about 70 reviews for Yelp, and that a “large and ever-growing stable of non-wage-paid writers” have made the site a success.
    Claiming that the reviewers are employees under federal labor laws, Panzer says that he and tens of thousands others should be paid for their work.
    The company “could not exist, nor make its enormous returns, without its domination and control over non-wage writers,” the lawsuit states.
    Yelp ducks the law by calling reviewers “Yelpers,” independent contractors, volunteers or interns, Panzer claims.
    “Business journal commentators have compared said business practices to a 21st Century galley slave ship with pirates banging the drum to keep up the fast pace and to fill the pockets of their stockholders with treasure,” according to the complaint.
    Rather than paying workers, Yelp bestows titles to create a hierarchy of reviewers. Writers can receive “Elite” status and are given titles such Duke, Duchess, Baron, or Baroness, the complaint states.
    “Yelp has devised a system of cult-like rewards and disciplines to motivate its non-wage paid writers to labor without wages or expense reimbursement, in violation of equitable principles and the FLSA [Fair Labor Standards Act], by offering such rewards as trinkets, badges, titles, praise, social promotion, free liquor, free food, and free promotional Yelp attire, such as red panties with ‘Make Me Yelp!’” the lawsuit states.
    Though its writers are unpaid, Yelp encourages them to work faster and churn out reviews, Panzer claims.
    He says that reviewers may lose their Yelp accounts if they write unfavorable reviews about Yelp’s advertisers.
    But he and his co-plaintiffs claim that “they must write glowing reviews of the venues that sponsor company events, where they are often offered free food, liquor, and use of the premises, under threat of losing their ‘elite’ status.”
    “Defendant controls its reviews to pander to advertisers,” the complaint states.
    Panzer claims the writers have an incentive to write misleadingly negative reviews of businesses on Yelp because to maintain their elite status they have to reach a quota of one- and two-star reviews.
    “By shirking its responsibilities to pay its workers, defendant is in essence thumbing its nose both at their workers and the taxing authorities of all states and the U.S. government,” the lawsuit states.
    Panzer seeks unpaid wages and liquidated and statutory damages for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, quantum meruit, and unjust enrichment.
    Yelp spokeswoman Kristen Whisenand told Courthouse News in an email: “This suit is frivolous on its face and we’re sorry the court has to waste its time adjudicating it.”
    Panzer is represented by Randy Rosenblatt with The Yelp-Class-Action Law Firm, of Ventura.

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