Batting Around: Groundbreaking news

Wichita, Fredericksburg take major steps in construction journey

Two Minor League ballpark groundbreakings occurred in February: Wichita, Kansas (left), and Fredericksburg, Virginia.

By Benjamin Hill | March 14, 2019 10:07 AM ET

In Batting Around, Ben Hill covers stadium groundbreakings in Wichita and Fredericksburg, as well as a unique situation for the Dunedin Blue Jays.

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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Altoona executives put the 'RV' in 'Curve'

Martin, Bowen find balance while living, working at park for week

Nate Bowen and Derek Martin are spending the week in an RV parked outside of Altoona's Peoples Natural Gas Field.

By Benjamin Hill | February 28, 2019 10:02 AM ET

Front-office duo Derek Martin and Nate Bowen are prepping for the Double-A Pittsburgh Pirates' season by living out of a ballpark RV. Why? Ben Hill explores.

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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Let the gains begin: MiLB's most improved

A level-by-level look at biggest per-game attendance increases

Fans flocked to Greeneville's Pioneer Park in 2018, thanks to a new affiliation and an ambitious, proactive front office approach.

By Benjamin Hill | February 21, 2019 10:13 AM ET

Which Minor League teams posted the biggest attendance gains in 2018, and why? From the Oklahoma City Dodgers to the Lake Elsinore Storm to the Greeneville Reds, Ben Hill takes a look.

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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Yard Goats take peanuts out of the ballgame

Hartford becomes first team to ban increasingly common allergen

Dunkin' Donuts Park, home of the Eastern League's Hartford Yard Goats, will be peanut-free in 2019 and beyond.

By Benjamin Hill | February 14, 2019 10:11 AM ET

The Hartford Yard Goats have banned peanuts from Dunkin' Donuts Park, becoming the first professional sports team to prohibit the increasingly common allergen.

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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Batting Around: New and improved for 2019

A look at ballpark enhancements throughout the Minor Leagues

Construction projects in Fayetteville, Las Vegas and Amarillo will bring three brand new ballparks into the Minors this year.

By Benjamin Hill | February 7, 2019 10:02 AM ET

In Batting Around, MiLB.com's Ben Hill takes a look at ballpark improvements throughout Minor League Baseball in advance of the 2019 season.

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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Rounding up the Minors' new names, looks

Nine teams sporting revised identities heading into 2019 season

Heading into the 2019 season, eight Minor League teams will be sporting new looks, and in some cases, new names.

By Benjamin Hill | January 31, 2019 10:13 AM ET

During the 2018-'19 Minor League Baseball offseason, nine teams revealed new looks. Ben Hill provides a rebranding overview for the new year.

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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A turtle takes to the skies in Daytona

Tortugas partner with airline on Minors' first team-branded plane

Tortuga One, the first Minor League team-branded plane, flies commercially between Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale on a daily basis.

By Benjamin Hill | January 24, 2019 10:09 AM ET

The Daytona Tortugas, Class A Advanced Cincinnati Reds affiliate, have partnered with Silver Airways on the first Minor League team-branded plane. A turtle is in the sky.

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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Staying the same amid changing landscape

A league-by-league look at Minors' most consistent franchises

By Benjamin Hill | January 17, 2019 10:03 AM ET

Taking into account team name, affiliation and stadium, Ben Hill presents a level-by-level look at the most consistent franchises in Minor League Baseball.

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A promotion takes shape in Charleston

The path from idea to execution can be long, unpredictable

By Benjamin Hill | January 10, 2019 10:26 AM ET

In part two of an ongoing series, Ben Hill checks in with the Charleston RiverDogs' Nate Kurant about the evolution of the team's promotion schedule.

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Batting Around: 2020 vision sees new parks

Fredericksburg among locations preparing to welcome MiLB teams

A conceptual rendering shows the park in Fredericksburg, Virginia, expected to host the Potomac franchise in 2020. (FredericksburgBaseball.com)

By Benjamin Hill | January 3, 2019 11:05 AM ET

The 2019 season will bring the opening of three new Minor League ballparks, but other locations -- North Madison, Alabama; Wichita, Kansas; Fredericksburg, Virginia and Kannapolis, North Carolina -- are already preparing to open stadiums in 2020.

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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