Ranking MLB ballpark names after Atlanta Braves change

Ranking MLB ballpark names after Atlanta Braves change

The Atlanta Braves officially re-named their ballpark Tuesday, transitioning from SunTrust Park to... get ready for it... Truist Park.

Truist is not a word, though it feels like a misspelled one. It's the name of a financial group, devised when BB&T and SunTrust merged last year. It's sort of ugly, and is absolutely a step down from SunTrust, which at least included the word "sun."

The renaming got us thinking: which ballpark names are the best, and which are the worst? Here's where we fell on the Top 5, the Bottom 5, and the NL East.

Top 5

1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards: The Orioles get their team's name involved, and receive major bonus points for eschewing "Field" and "Park" for the far-cooler "Yards".

2. Fenway Park: Fenway is named after the area it helped turn into a bustling part of Boston's Back Bay, and hasn't changed in over a century. It's cool.

3. Great American Ballpark: The name is so good that, until today, some in the office didn't realize the Reds' ballpark had a sponsor.

4. Dodger Stadium: A team in Los Angeles has managed to forgo a sponsor in the year 2020, and "dodger" is a cool-sounding word. Points, Dodgers.

5. Yankee Stadium: Just like with the Dodgers, the Yankees holding on to their team name in the heart of NYC is a testament to legacy and history. Plus, "yankee" is a good word.

Bottom 5

26. Globe Life Park in Arlington: Globe Life doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. There's no way around the Rangers' park's name: it's just clunky.

27. T-Mobile Park: Some brand names - like Target, or Progressive - have separate meanings as words, and work well. T-Mobile does not. Sorry, Mariners.

28. Truist Park: Seriously, this name is not good! Change it back!

29. RingCentral Coliseum: The A's have long struggled to name their ballpark, back to its original mouthful: the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. This one isn't much better.

30. Guaranteed Rate Field: The White Sox easily have the worst ballpark name in the majors. It sounds like you're getting scammed - and, with a team that hasn't won 90 games since 2006, you kind of are.

NL East

1. Marlins Park: Imagine a park full of marlins, instead of the baseball team. That sounds so pleasant.

2. Nationals Park: It's not inspiring, but it's still the team name, which is cooler than a sponsor.

3. Citi Field: As far as sponsorships go, a team in the country's largest city getting "Citi" is pretty good.

4. Citizens Bank Park: Inoffensive, if middle-of-the-road, the Phillies' ballpark excels when it's shortened to "CBP".

5. Truist Park: We've been over this, it's bad.

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