As an autograph collector who spent time seeking out the best spots at different ballparks of all levels, I came to realize no matter what the stadium layout was or who was playing there were always certain places you wanted to secure for autographs. Inside and out, these are the best places to get autographs at a baseball game.
You want to get as close to the field as you can when collecting autographs. Of course since there tend to be seats right along the field that may not belong to you, this can be difficult.
Aisle at Field Level
Get as close as you can to the field while staying in the aisle and not occupying a seat. Unless an usher tells you to move, the aisle is the least invasive spot at any stadium. Fortunately most stadiums have a policy that allows fans to move down to the field level prior to the start of the game for autographs, pictures, and shouting out at players. Find a spot in an aisle and you will not be asked to move until game time.
Anywhere Near the Dugout
In some stadiums there is a spot right near the dugout entrance that is vacant of seats. This is a perfect spot to see everyone on the bench and you are impossible to ignore. The only downside to this is you sometimes have to move quickly. When looking for specific autographs of players you have much less time to prepare your items and how you will politely get their attention. Positioning yourself behind the dugout can also work, however this gives the players less of an opportunity to notice you.
Once outside the stadium you still have a great chance at getting autographs. You need to locate several spots at the stadium like the home team’s parking lot and where the visitor’s bus will be parked. This takes some research and a few laps around the stadium.
Home Team Parking Lot
Hopefully the stadium you are trying to get autographs at is not one of the newer ones where the parking lot is beneath the ballpark. When this happens to be the case the first time you see the players will be them in their cars, possibly with tinted windows. They may give you a light wave, but no autograph. If you do happen to be at a stadium with an accessible parking lot to the public you will want to find a spot where you are at the front and one of the first people the players notice. Just because a player stops to sign does not guarantee everyone will go home with an autograph.
Visiting Team Bus
Everything said for the home team’s parking lot can be said about the visiting team’s bus, depending on the setup. Minor league teams will most likely have very limited security if any and you will simply have to walk up to the players once they exit the stadium. In the majors leagues though, often times there will be fences or gates preventing you from walking straight up to the players. In these instances you want to be close to the bus’s door to the point where the player can sign then immediately hop onto the bus.