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April 13, 2014

Players Weigh In: This week's topic is ballparks

What are your favorite and least favorite ballparks to visit?

That was the question posed by Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher Smith to five different baseball players, Shin-Soo Choo, Jake Peavy, Ryan Braun, Mike Napoli and Alex Rios, as well Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, who starred in the movie “Major League”.

SHIN-SOO CHOO

Rangers left fielder

.390 career OBP

“I like Seattle. I know April and May, early in the year, lot of rain, but I think the summertime is beautiful — beautiful weather. It’s clean. Nice city in the downtown. I go to a lot of sushi places and my wife likes it. So with Seattle, my wife always travels with me.

“Probably Oakland (is the least favorite). The city is OK, but I think it’s too far from the hotel to the ballpark. And then (it’s) a football field so the field conditions are not really nice like other fields. And then day games, it’s really tough to see the ball in the outfield. The sun’s like right there.”

JAKE PEAVY

Red Sox starting pitcher

2007 Cy Young winner

“My favorite park to visit is Wrigley Field. I love the history of the place, I love the atmosphere there at the place and I love being there in Chicago. My least favorite would probably be Oakland for all the reasons. Just it’s not very well set up for the stuff that we need to get our work in.

“I like pitching in Oakland if that makes any sense because the ballpark plays conducive to a pitcher, especially at night. The foul territory, it plays pretty big. But just the clubhouse, the training room and the weight room, the stuff that we need is not very (good). But at the same time, I’m not complaining. Shoot, I feel blessed any day I get to go to a major league ballpark.”

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