The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some
The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some games. Here, we present a roundup of the can't-miss elements from every park in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Jersey Shore BlueClaws, High-A:
When the BlueClaws rebranded from Lakewood ahead of the 2021 season, it was only natural the club embraced the famous beaches just 10 miles east. The name was a fitting addition after a boardwalk was created in 2018. Beyond the outfield fences, fans can find classic fair games, a biergarten, mini golf and more to feel the fun at ShoreTown Ballpark. The 360-degree concourse also features firepits near each foul pole, giving off a bonfire vibe. Read more »
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A:
Enter Coca-Cola Park, and you'll be greeted by banners that read “The Best Food in Minor League Baseball.” Ballpark staples sit alongside pierogis and walking tacos, while the club also embraces outside vendors like Jaindl Smoke House and Friendly’s ice cream. But the main event has to be the pig-centered bites: candied bacon, bacon mac and cheese, a bacon burger with mac and cheese and bacon cheese fries. A variety of pulled pork sandwiches can also be found throughout the park. Read more »
Fun ballpark character
Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A:
While many Phillies greats have played at FirstEnergy Stadium, between innings belongs to the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor. As the name might suggest, he is an ultra-enthusiastic presence who rides his pet ostrich, Rodrigo, onto the field to toss frankfurters at spectators. The Crazy Hot Dog Vendor is the spiritual center of Baseballtown, and Rodrigo even has a place on one of Reading's logos. Read more »
Best local attraction
Clearwater Threshers, Single-A:
While there are several Minor League towns on the water, few have racked up the accolades of Clearwater Beach, including best beach in the United States by TripAdvisor in 2019. The white sand and breathtaking sunsets are less than five miles from BayCare Ballpark. Spend the day at the beach, then head to the stadium for a nightcap, or vice versa. Either way, you're in for a picturesque day. Read more »
Kelsie Heneghan is a writer for MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan.