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    Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    if you were a MLB player and had your choice? Apart from Cincinnati, where would be your top 3 cities to live and play for 81+ days a year?

    Mine....

    1. Boston

    2. Washington

    3. New York

    Also, which would be your 3 cities in which you wouldn't want to be.

    Mine....

    1. Kansas City

    2. Houston

    3. St. Louis
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    My top three:

    1. San Francisco
    2. Seattle
    3. Toronto

    My bottom three:

    1. Atlanta
    2. Phoenix
    3. Tampa

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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Top:

    1. San Diego
    2. Denver
    3. Seattle

    (Boston & Washington just miss the top 3.)

    Bottom:

    1. Detroit
    2. Oakland
    3. Arlington, TX
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Top:

    1. Chicago
    2. Denver
    3. Boston

    Bottom
    1. Miami
    2. Oakland
    3. Cleveland

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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Top 3:
    1. Phoenix
    2. Denver
    3. Boston

    Bottom 3:
    1. Detroit
    2. Oakland
    3. Cleveland
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Depends on what sort of player I am. Fly ball pitcher, San Diego. Left handed slap hitter, Boston. But, all things being equal:
    1) Los Angeles - weather, big city, great ballpark, great fans, great uniforms, team with checkbook
    2) Milwaukee - great city, great food, great fans
    3) Detroit - Best uniforms in baseball, Amazing owner, great ballpark

    Worst 3:
    1) Houston - just too hot, bad owner, yuck.
    2) Atlanta - too hot (and outside), yuck
    3) Tampa - no money, bad stadium
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Someone would live in Phoenix by choice? Ok.

    I'll ex out SF since I already live here.

    Top 3:
    NYC -- everyone should live there once
    SD -- can't beat the weather
    Miami -- so this player can be a playa'

    Bottom 3:
    Phoenix -- LA without the beaches or glitz
    Houston -- Phoenix without zoning laws
    Texas -- Dallas isn't terrible for Texas....for Texas. I don't like Texas.
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Quote Originally Posted by zacharync View Post
    if you were a MLB player and had your choice? Apart from Cincinnati, where would be your top 3 cities to live and play for 81+ days a year?

    Mine....

    1. Boston

    2. Washington

    3. New York

    Also, which would be your 3 cities in which you wouldn't want to be.

    Mine....

    1. Kansas City

    2. Houston

    3. St. Louis
    I agree on Boston, but I spent most of my life north of Boston. My family is still there, and I love the North Shore.

    I don't get the hate for Kansas City and St. Louis, though. I have been to both cities and think they are very, very cool cities.
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Good god, I've lived in seven MLB cities, I think, with nine teams to their credit. As a baseball town -- and I know some people will balk at this -- I like New York the best. It's a surprisingly old-fashioned baseball town. If you go sit down at a bar, you're going to talk with the guy next to you about baseball first. In the midwest, you're likely going to talk about football first. Even in Boston it depends on the time of year. But it's very hard to escape baseball in New York. Everybody has some thoughts about it even if s/he doesn't exactly follow it. Kids play stickball in the street all over the place.

    But as a baseball player? New York is a rough place to be no matter which team you play for. I think my first choice, in 2012, would be Miami. The sun, the life, that home run sculpture -- I would think it's hard to beat being a ballplayer there in 2012. Which is funny because I'd probably commit suicide before I'd live in Miami as a human, but not as a baseball player.

    My second and third (ballplayer) choices would probably be Seattle and Philadelphia. At the bottom of the list are Houston, Minnesota, and Atlanta.

    For the record, underrated as a city and, apparently, not a bad place to be a ballplayer in 2012: Baltimore.
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    New York, because North Jersey is home.

    San Francisco, because I'm not sure. Never been to Northern California, but I have a feeling I'd like it.

    San Diego, because it's beautiful and as Danny Graves would put it, there's no pressure to win.

    Honorable mention to DC and Philadelphia too.
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Spitball View Post
    I agree on Boston, but I spent most of my life north of Boston. My family is still there, and I love the North Shore.

    I don't get the hate for Kansas City and St. Louis, though. I have been to both cities and think they are very, very cool cities.
    Yeah, that's a fair point. I have actually never been to either. I think I chose St. Louis based on my distaste for the franchise. KC, well I just couldn't imagine liking it so much.
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Quote Originally Posted by improbus View Post
    Left handed slap hitter, Boston.
    Fenway would be the worst park for a left-handed slap hitter...
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    Quote Originally Posted by *BaseClogger* View Post
    Fenway would be the worst park for a left-handed slap hitter...
    Except for that Boggs guy...
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    Re: Which MLB cities would you live in.....

    I was going to put Kansas City in my top three based on barbecue alone, but then I remembered the question was about which cities I'd prefer as a ballplayer, and presumably stuffing my face every day wouldn't be allowed.

    I'm with vaticanplum regarding Miami. I have no desire whatsoever to live there, but if I was a ballplayer -- especially the younger, single, money-burning-a-hole-in-pocket variety -- Miami would be mighty tempting.

    Considering my personal biases, how I looked at things when I was ballplayer age, and the quality of life I could have there (which includes the demeanor of the fan base to some extent), but using an all-things-being-equal with respect to the ballclubs themselves:

    Top 3 -- Toronto, Atlanta, San Francisco

    I have multiple friends who swear Toronto is the coolest city on earth, and I can always live in Florida during the winter.

    San Francisco moved up as soon as they moved out of Candlestick.

    As for Atlanta, it was the place my friends and I all wanted to move to post-college, the recent-graduate social center of the South. With the money to insulate myself from the everyday annoyances, of which Atlanta has many, it would be a very comfortable place. I'm not interested in moving there now, but at age 23 or 24...

    In all three places, it would be possible to live at least a semblance of a normal life in a way that's not possible in New York or Boston.

    Bottom three: Oakland, Philadelphia, Cleveland

    I suppose I could live in San Francisco and just play in Oakland, but...

    There are redeeming qualities to Philadelphia as a city, but the fan base is just so miserable I don't see how anyone could enjoy living in the crosshairs.

    Cleveland was a tough choice, I don't really have anything against it, I'm just not a fan of Rust Belt cities in general. Could have put Detroit or Pittsburgh here too.
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    I'd rather Live in the Oakland hills over San Francisco myself, much warmer, more nature, more sunny days for sure


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