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Player’s Survey Ranks MLB’s Top 5 Road Cities

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When it comes to a Major League Baseball season, there are going to be a couple of road trips that players and fans look forward to. With Opening Day around the league on Thursday, more than 100 players answered the following question in exchange for anonymity: What’s your favorite road city?

The top five answers are all a matter of opinion but here is how they rank:

1. San Diego

There wasn’t a single deciding factor but San Diego came out on top. Here is what one player had to say about visiting Petco Park.

“The infield surface, the weather, the stadium, the atmosphere, the city — you can’t beat it,” summed up one NL third baseman.

2. Chicago

When it comes to Chicago, players specified that Wrigley Field was at the top of their lists.

“They came out,” said an NL Central rival (an outfielder, no less). “They enjoy the game. Last year it was raining and nearly 11 o’clock and they had a sold-out stadium. They weren’t even in the playoff hunt.”

3. Toronto

The league’s Canadian city was picked for its walkability.

“It’s the best city,” one player said. “If you ask around, I’m gonna tell you, guys are gonna say Toronto. Especially if they’ve been in the league for a little bit.”

Top 5 MLB Road Cities, Toronto
Chris Bassitt of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. Toronto is one of the top five road cities per an MLB.com survey.

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4. Boston

Playing at Fenway Park, MLB’s oldest active ballpark, has many admirers. But, the city itself got a lot of love for its history.

5. New York

The highest praise for Yankee Stadium came from a member of the Boston Red Sox.

“It brings the best out of you,” he said. “It’s much different when you’re taking the field against the New York Yankees than another team that isn’t so popular with that much history.”