Several stadiums stand out among visiting players

Several stadiums stand out among visiting players
When a team wins a home game, the away teams fans often complain that they have a "home-field advantage".

Little do they know that sometimes there is an away-field advantage among certain players.

Among a handful of players in the Cactus League there were multiple answers about their favorite away stadiums, and these were some of the best:

Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees
This stadium is known for its diehard fans and recent extravagance, across the street from the old historic Yankee Stadium. No wonder it made the list. Of course, Nick Swisher is the one to blame for this away favorite.

After spending four seasons with the Yankees, he joined the Indians in the offseason. He cannot wait to get back to the field he learned to love.

"That place was so amazing to me," said Swisher. "It'll bring back great memories."

Citizen Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies
Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner had a few off-the-wall reasons why he likes playing in Philly.

"Philly's got great fans," chuckled Cashner. "I like that Philly Cheesesteak too."

Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners
There is a little romance for one player behind this favorite away stadium.

D-backs third baseman Eric Chavez combines on-field triumph and his off-field personal life to describe his reasoning.

"Met my wife in Seattle, the in-laws are always there, it's a great stadium and I always have pretty good success there," Chavez said. "All those combined probably makes it my favorite place."

Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs
Wrigley Field is a historical stadium that is known for its outfield walls covered in vegetation.

For some reason Rangers pitcher Collin Balester doesn't think too fondly of the stadium but still has a reason it's his favorite.

"It's not nice in any way, shape or form," Balester said. "But I think it's the coolest atmosphere in all of baseball."

Coors Field, Colorado Rockies
This stadium gives people sitting in near first base and right field a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains and has been popular with both fans and players since opening in 1995.

Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong acknowledges it's not exactly a pitcher's park.

"The ball obviously carries there more," said Vogelsong. "The ball does some weird things when you are trying to throw because of the altitude."

But he still likes pitching there.

"I like the way the field looks, I like the view from the mounds at home plate, and I like the little downtown area around the ballpark. It's just something about going there."

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles
D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill mentioned one of baseball's most historic stadiums as a favorite for numerous reasons.

"I love the atmosphere," Hill said. "It's a great ballpark and playing surface."

His teammate, shortstop Willie Bloomquist, also listed Camden as one of his favorites for only one reason.

"I just see the ball better there," Bloomquist said with a laugh.

AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants
This ballpark, which is home to the 2012 World Series champions, was voted Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily in 2008 for its amazing views and classic design.

A couple of the D-backs can see exactly where they are coming from.

"It's always a great atmosphere, it's right on the water, and their fans are really into the game," pitcher Josh Collmenter said. "It's just a fun place for a ballgame."

D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt made his Major League debut at AT&T Park in 2011 and also agrees with his teammate about the park's fan base.

"The fans there are very into the game," said Goldschmidt. "They had consecutive sellouts the last two years."

Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals
The buzz about Busch Stadium is how great their fans are, even compared to AT&T.

That's all Giants pitcher Sergio Romo and Indians center fielder Drew Stubbs could talk about.

"The fans, the way they interact with their team, it's pretty solid," said Romo. "All you see is red everywhere, and they go out and they support." Stubbs said the crowds are not only great, but they are knowledgeable.

"The fans in St. Louis really understand the game," explained Stubbs. "They appreciate good play of baseball, whether it's the Cardinals or the opposing team."

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodger Stadium has a unique history and is the third-oldest continually used park in Major League Baseball.

Multiple ballplayers mentioned this stadium as a favorite for various reasons.

Giants pitcher George Kontos had a special moment pitching against Matt Kemp.

"It was just pure adrenaline," Kontos said. "There were forty-thousand people there, we were up 4 to 3, it was Oct. 2, guy on third base, I can still remember very vividly till right now the pitch sequence and everything."

Kontos struck out Kemp, and the Giants won that game to clinch the NL West title.

Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge enjoys the stadium for the fan atmosphere.

"The crowds always into it," said Rutledge. "They got good fans."

But for Romo, who had a hard time choosing between Busch and Dodgers Stadium, there is a more heartfelt reason as to why it's his personal favorite.

"I grew up watching games at Dodger Stadium," said Romo. "So for me going in there and to be able to be in the clubhouse and to be able to play on the field for me personally I'd say Dodger Stadium."

Petco Park, San Diego Padres
For many reasons it was the most talked about ballpark among players.

With the ballpark being located in the beautiful city of San Diego, it offers some of the best views in baseball.

Bloomquist, along with Romo, had a difficult time deciding on an ultimate favorite stadium, but he chose Petco for the same reason he chose Camden.

Indians slugger Mark Reynolds dubs it his favorite for convenience.

"The hotel is connected to the stadium and it's right in the middle of downtown San Diego," Reynolds said. "It's always a good place to go."

But for Rockies center fielder Eric Young, it's all about his game.

"It works for my game," Young said. "Big gaps, so I can run a lot of triples out there."

Chelsea Bolyard is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.