On the Road: Syracuse celebrates State Fair

Mets salute central New York, take field as the Butter Sculptures

The Triple-A Syracuse Butter Sculptures, inspired by the New York State Fair, debuted on July 13. (Rick Nelson/MiLB.com)

By Benjamin Hill | July 18, 2019 10:41 AM ET

When Ben Hill visited the Syracuse Mets on July 13, they took the field as the Butter Sculptures. It was all part of a New York State Fair celebration.

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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Designated Eater: Prairie 'Dogs' in Amarillo

Trevor Wyatt samples Sod Poodles' intriguing hot dog triumvirate

At the Amarillo Sod Poodles' home of HODGETOWN, one can enjoy a breakfast-themed Sunrise Dog while the sun sets.

By Benjamin Hill | July 17, 2019 12:39 PM ET

When Ben Hill visited the Amarillo Sod Poodles, Trevor Wyatt was his Designated Eater. Frankfurter delicacies included the breakfast-themed Sunrise Dog.

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On the Road: Before Sod Poodles, Gold Sox

A look back at an earlier era of Amarillo's Texas League history

Mike Higgins, who once worked for the Amarillo Gold Sox at Potter County Memorial Stadium (inset), gives a thumbs-up to HODGETOWN.

By Benjamin Hill | July 15, 2019 10:41 AM ET

Thirty-seven years before the Sod Poodles, Amarillo hosted a Texas League team called the Gold Sox. Ben Hill spoke with Mike Higgins, the team's former PR director.

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On the Road: No straight path for Flores

Amarillo's fielding coach went from indy ball to softball and back

After a long and unpredictable baseball journey, Freddy Flores is serving as fielding coach for the Amarillo Sod Poodles (Ben Jenkins)

By Benjamin Hill | July 8, 2019 9:55 AM ET

It took until he was 45, but Freddy Flores is now in the affiliated ranks. Ben Hill spoke with the Amarillo coach about his long, unpredictable baseball journey.

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On the Road: The Sod Poodles' Anthem

Amarillo songwriter Carson Leverett scores with prairie dog tune

Carson Leverett, author of the "Sod Poodles Anthem," as seen during a mid-day visit to Amarillo's HODGETOWN ballpark.

By Benjamin Hill | July 4, 2019 10:24 AM ET

Songwriter Carson Leverett hit big with his "Sod Poodles Anthem," a tribute to Amarillo's new Minor League team. Ben Hill explains how it all came about.

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On the Road: Ed Montana comes around

Amarillo mainstay details his journey to Sod Poodles acceptance

Ed Montana, veteran country music musician and rodeo emcee, serves as public address announcer for the Amarillo Sod Poodles.

By Benjamin Hill | July 1, 2019 12:12 PM ET

Ed Montana, Amarillo Sod Poodles' PA announcer, initially wasn't a fan of the team's name. Ben Hill details Ed's journey to acceptance and, even, love.

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On the Road: Welcome to HODGETOWN

An exploration of the Amarillo Sod Poodles' new home

HODGETOWN, home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles, features a grandiose art deco-inspired facade.

By Benjamin Hill | June 27, 2019 10:57 AM ET

In June, Ben Hill visited the Amarillo Sod Poodles' HODGETOWN home. Now, he offers a tour of an intimate, prairie dog-centric baseball environment.

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On the Road: A pair of Burkharts in El Paso

Chihuahuas coaching staff includes brothers Morgan, Lance

Lance Burkhart (left) is the Chihuahuas fielding coach. His older brother, Morgan, serves as hitting coach.

By Benjamin Hill | June 24, 2019 10:35 AM ET

After a lifetime of baseball, Morgan and Lance Burkhart are finally on the same team. The brothers are both coaching for the El Paso Chihuahuas.

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On the Road: Albuquerque's music man

From clubhouse to walk-up, Fuentes curates the 'Topes' tunes

Rockies prospect Josh Fuentes, known as DJ Fuent to his teammates, demonstrates his "doubles sign." (Bobby Stevens, Benjamin Hill/MiLB.com)

By Benjamin Hill | June 20, 2019 10:22 AM ET

When visiting Albuquerque, Ben Hill caught up with Josh Fuentes a.k.a. DJ Fuent. He's the Isotopes' clubhouse music selector, a job he takes seriously.

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On the Road: Meeting the Baseball Brit

Mellows' U.S. journey includes ballparks large and small

Joey Mellows, aka the Baseball Brit, estimates he's attended 35 Minor League games over the last two years. (Ben Hill/MiLB.com)

By Benjamin Hill | June 17, 2019 10:15 AM ET

The paths of two baseball travelers collided on June 12, when MiLB.com's Ben Hill met Joey "Baseball Brit" Mellows at an Amarillo Sod Poodles game in Texas.

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