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.

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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Ben's Best: Minors' magnificent mascots

A level-by-level look at one writer's favorite costumed characters

By Benjamin Hill | November 1, 2018 11:42 AM ET

Ben Hill has met every mascot in all of Minor League Baseball. Picking his all-time favorites was hard work, but he's the only one who could do it.

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: Minors' most memorable cuisine

A level-by-level look at one writer's favorite ballpark food options

By Benjamin Hill | October 25, 2018 12:18 PM ET

After visiting every Minor League ballpark, MiLB.com's Ben Hill shares the most memorable food items he saw -- and sometimes ate -- during his travels.

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Ben's Best: Favorite stadiums, level by level

After visiting every park, MiLB.com scribe shares top experiences

Southwest University Park, which opened in 2014, shows off the region's natural beauty and hosts a vibrant fan base. (El Paso Chihuahuas)

By Benjamin Hill | October 18, 2018 10:34 AM ET

Over the past eight seasons, Ben Hill has visited every active Minor League ballpark. Now that he's been everywhere, he's ready to share his favorites.

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On the Road: Making history in Daytona

Tortugas' Jackie Robinson Ballpark pays tribute to 1946 season

The statue outside of Jackie Robinson Ballpark marks the events of 1946, when Robinson spent Spring Training in Daytona Beach.

By Benjamin Hill | September 20, 2018 10:06 AM ET

Daytona Beach's Jackie Robinson Ballpark got its name due to the historic events of 1946. Ben Hill spoke with a local historian about how they transpired.

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Painting the corners in Grand Junction

Rockies' Stinnett honing his craft as a pitcher and as an artist

Rockies farmhand Jesse Stinnett created this digital self-portrait, commemorating his time with the independent Utica Unicorns.

By Benjamin Hill | September 17, 2018 10:11 AM ET

Jesse Stinnett of the Grand Junction Rockies is an artist on and off the mound. Ben Hill spoke to him about his passion for pitching and painting.

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Overcoming tragedy in Colorado Springs

Henniger applies lessons learned from near-fatal ballpark mishap

Rai Henniger worked for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox from 1991-2007, when a near-fatal fireworks accident ended his career.

By Benjamin Hill | September 13, 2018 11:16 AM ET

After surviving a near-fatal fireworks accident, Rai Henniger is a changed man. Ben Hill spoke with the former Sky Sox executive in Colorado Springs.

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On the Road: Goodbye to the Sky Sox

As Triple-A era ends, Colorado Springs readies for Rookie ball

Security Service Field will host the franchise formerly known as the Helena Brewers in 2019. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

By Benjamin Hill | September 10, 2018 10:46 AM ET

After 31 seasons, the Sky Sox era is over in Colorado Springs. In 2019, the city will welcome a Pioneer League team. Ben Hill chronicles the transition.

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On the Road: A blowout in Staten Island

Yankees throw back to '75 with Bevacqua, Bazooka bubblegum

Kurt Bevacqua and Little Leaguer Chris Bedford took part in the bubble-blowing contest, overseen by team president Will Smith. (Robert Pimpsner)

By Benjamin Hill | September 3, 2018 11:00 AM ET

On Friday night, the Staten Island Yankees hosted a Bazooka bubblegum blowing contest. 1975 champion Kurt Bevacqua was on hand to defend his title.

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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