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‘Guaranteed Rates’ Field lacks 'charm' says Forbes; Wrigley Field ranks 10th in MLB ballparks

Here are your best bets at Cubs and Sox parks. (Nick Kindelesperger/Chicago Tribune)

The White Sox's Guaranteed Rate Field placed 28th in Forbes.com's ranking of 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. The Cubs' Wrigley Field placed 10th.

The Giants' AT&T Park topped the list, followed by Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Orioles), Busch Stadium III (Cardinals), Dodger Stadium (Dodgers), PNC Park (Pirates), Coors Field (Rockies), Fenway Park (Red Sox), Kauffman Stadium (Royals) and Petco Park (Padres).

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Forbes compared Guaranteed Rate to Camden Yards — the Sox's former New Comiskey Park opened in 1991 and Camden Yards followed a year later — and implied that the Sox's stadium fell well short of its Orioles' contemporary. It also added insult to insult by misspelling the South Side park as "Guaranteed Rates."

"Rounding out the bottom five are Guaranteed Rates Field (sic), home of the White Sox, which, despite being the original ballpark in the wave of new designs, never had any charm compared with (Camden Yards)."

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Last year Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin lauded Camden Yards as "the most influential works of sports architecture of our time" while dismissing New Comiskey (now Guaranteed Rate) as "architecturally clunky."

Tampa's Tropicana Field came in 30th and last in the Forbes rankings, with Oakland Alameda County Stadium at No. 29.

The home of the White Sox hasn't fared very well in similar rankings over the past couple of years. Guaranteed Rate Field (then known as U.S. Cellular Field) was ranked 28th by USA Today, 26th by Athlon Sports and 27th by Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell.

Wrigley ranked first on Athlon's 2016 list.

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