Pulaski’s Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park has won the 2021 MLB Summer Collegiate Best of the Best award for the second year in a row.
The bracketed 16-ballpark competition, held through July, saw the Appalachian League park receive 55 percent of the final-round vote over Pioneer Park, home of the Greeneville Flyboys, in the finals. Overall, more than 500,000 fans voted in the annual fan competition.
Before the 2021 MiLB reorganization when it was still the home of the Appalachian League’s Pulaski Yankees, Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park was a winner in the MLB Rookie-level facilities category.
“Repeating as a Best of the Ballpark winner is extremely difficult,” said Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard. “The fact that Pulaski managed to do so even after an offseason of major change is a major accomplishment and shows the community’s commitment to the team.”
“We are ecstatic to once again receive this honor,” said River Turtles General Manager J.W. Martin. “It’s a testament to our local baseball community. Our fans make Calfee Park what it is, one of the best ballparks in the country!”
Other fan favorites in the 2021 Best of the Ballparks fan vote were Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Detroit Tigers (Grapefruit League); Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Arizona Diamondbacks/Colorado Rockies (Cactus League); O’Brate Stadium, Oklahoma State University (college baseball); PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates (Major League Baseball); Las Vegas Ballpark, Las Vegas Aviators (Triple-A); Dunkin’ Donuts Park, Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A); Clipper Magazine Stadium, Lancaster Barnstormers (MLB Partner Leagues); Maimonides Park, Brooklyn Cyclones (High-A); and Atrium Health Ballpark, Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (Low-A).