'50 Summers' tells story of Omaha baseball

Documentary details Minor League history through a local lens

The documentary "50 Summers" features interviews with Omaha baseball luminaries such as former Royals manager Jack McKeon.

By Benjamin Hill | December 13, 2018 10:02 AM ET

"50 Summers," a documentary screened at the Winter Meetings, details a half-century of Minor League Baseball through a focus on Omaha, Nebraska. Ben Hill spoke to director Dan Napoli.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Strike up the band: Mariachis win the cup

Albuquerque's 'Copa' identity recognized as best in the Minors

Albuquerque's "Mariachis de Nuevo México" identity was the inaugural winner of the Copa de la Diversión event series.

By Benjamin Hill | December 11, 2018 5:02 PM ET

On Day One of the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, the Mariachis de Nuevo México were named the top Copa de la Diversión identity in the Minors.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Cleared for liftoff: Aviators take flight

Las Vegas PCL team rebrands, prepares to move to new ballpark

The Las Vegas Aviators, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, will play at brand-new Las Vegas Ballpark in 2019.

By Benjamin Hill | December 8, 2018 5:23 PM ET

Las Vegas' Pacific Coast League team will play in a new ballpark in 2019. On Saturday, the club formerly known as the 51s announced its new name: the Aviators.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Ben's Best: Favorite logos, level by level

A look at standout marks across MiLB, from embryonic to iconic

By Benjamin Hill | December 6, 2018 10:15 AM ET

MiLB.com's Ben Hill wraps up his "Ben's Best" series by revealing a level-by-level look at his all-time favorite team logos from across Minor League Baseball.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Ben's Best: Standout ballpark features

A look at the Minors' unique in-stadium quirks and amenities

By Benjamin Hill | November 29, 2018 10:01 AM ET

From museums to signage to cartoon characters, veteran traveler Ben Hill takes a look at the most memorable ballpark features and amenities across the Minor Leagues.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Colorado Springs feels the Vibes

New Pioneer League team unveils Rocky Mountain identity

The Colorado Springs-based Rocky Mountain Vibes will make their Pioneer League debut in 2019, playing in Security Service Field.

By Benjamin Hill | November 19, 2018 1:45 PM ET

After 31 seasons in Triple-A, Colorado Springs will field a Rookie-level team in 2019. On Monday, they announced the team's name: The Rocky Mountain Vibes.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Ben's Best: Memorable ballpark characters

A level-by-level analysis of the Minors' most colorful personalities

By Benjamin Hill | November 15, 2018 10:02 AM ET

Over nine seasons of ballpark travel, MiLB.com's Ben Hill met a lot of people. His latest entry to the "Ben's Best" Series lists his favorite Minor League characters.

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Sod Poodles burrow into Texas Panhandle

Amarillo's Double-A team unveils prairie dog-themed name, logos

Amarillo's new Double-A Texas League team will be known as the Sod Poodles, a slang term for a prairie dog.

By Benjamin Hill | November 13, 2018 2:39 PM ET

On Tuesday, after months of speculation, the Padres' new Double-A team revealed its name and logos. It's time to say hello to the Sod Poodles.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Ben's Best: Taking in the Minors' top views

A level-by-level look at the most beautiful ballpark surroundings

By Benjamin Hill | November 8, 2018 10:02 AM ET

In his latest entry to the ballpark Best-of series, MiLB.com's Ben Hill takes a comprehensive level-by-level look at Minor League Baseball's most scenic surroundings.

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Knock, knock: Introducing the Woodpeckers

Fayetteville's new Carolina League team unveils name, logos

Fayetteville's new Carolina League team will be known as the Woodpeckers, referencing their city's tough and resilient spirit.

By Benjamin Hill | November 4, 2018 4:03 PM ET

Fayetteville's new Carolina League club, a Houston Astros affiliate, unveiled its name and logos on Sunday. The Woodpeckers era has begun.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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