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Ben's Biz: Stalwart Stockton supporters

A conversation with Stockton Ballpark mainstays Pat and Will
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June 14, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Every ballpark has its regulars, and these regulars all have a story. Who are they,

Minor Leagues mourn broadcasting great Klauke

Beloved longtime voice of Triple-A Salt Lake also called MLB games
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June 11, 2024

The Minor League Baseball community is in mourning. Steve Klauke, the longtime voice of the Salt Lake Bees, has died at the age of 69 after being struck by a car on Monday night. The Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, were established in 1994. Klauke was there

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from May

The wild and the wacky during the last month in the Minors
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June 10, 2024

Welcome to Crooked Numbers, a monthly column dedicated to Minor League Baseball on-field oddities and absurdities. This edition, covering the month of May, features reptile cameos, offensive explosions, oppositional surnames and, of course, much more. Keeping track of this type of thing is a team effort, so get in touch

Quartet of alternate identities joins MiLB landscape

Dodgers, White Sox and Phillies affiliates unveil their new looks
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June 7, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Wednesday, May 29, turned out to be an unexpectedly above-average day for fans of Minor

These are the best June ballpark promos

Steamed Cheeseburgers, a night at 'The Office' on tap in MiLB
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June 3, 2024

Welcome to Promo Preview, a monthly round-up of Minor League Baseball promotions to look forward to. June highlights include iconic socks, bipedal cows, regional food battles and, of course, much more. Dive in.

Ben's Biz spends a day with the not-so-little Giants

San Francisco's Triple-A affiliate has been in Sacramento since 2014
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May 31, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. The following ballpark road trip recap is presented by Wyndham, proud sponsor of Minor League

San Jose's Lenn Sakata became a legend

He remains the winningest manager in California League history
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May 30, 2024

Lenn Sakata was born and raised in Honolulu and still calls Hawaii home. During the baseball season, however, you can sometimes find him at what he calls his "second house:" 82-year-old Excite Ballpark, home of the San Jose Giants. Sakata, one of the first players of Japanese descent to appear

Cortez is a rookie with the Nuts, but not in life

Longtime fan becomes marketing manager after full career
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May 29, 2024

Minor League Baseball is full of front office rookies, those who are working their debut season in the industry. Mary Cortez is one of them and, to get there, took a far more circuitous path than most. For three decades Cortez was on the road for six months a year,

Ben's Biz discovers The Force with the Ports

An evening at Stockton's Banner Island Ballpark on May 4
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May 24, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. The following ballpark road trip recap is presented by Wyndham, proud sponsor of Minor League

Ben's Biz gets crackin' with Modesto

Road to the Emerald City begins at the club's Single-A affiliate
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May 17, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. The following ballpark road trip recap is presented by Wyndham, proud sponsor of Minor League

Well done: Texas affiliate debuts Hub City identity

Spartanburgers set to debut in Carolina League for 2025 season
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May 11, 2024

Spartanburg’s nickname is the Hub City, the people who live there are known as Spartanburgers and, hey, come to think of it, who doesn’t love a good burger? Add it all up and you have the name of the South Carolina metropolis’ new Minor League Baseball team: the Hub City

Ben's Biz: An evening with the (little) Giants

San Francisco's prospects start their pro journeys in San Jose
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May 10, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. The following ballpark road trip recap is presented by Wyndham, proud sponsor of Minor League

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from the past month

Triple-A seems to have monopoly on wackiness early in '24 season
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May 7, 2024

After a multi-season hiatus, Crooked Numbers returns with a heaping portion of Minor League Baseball on-field oddities and absurdities. This edition, covering the start of the season through the end of April, has a disproportionate number of items from the Triple-A level. As for why that is, who knows? Maybe

M-Braves offer safe haven for Miss Rankin County

Anna Leah Jolly tosses Opening Night first pitch at Trustmark Park
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May 3, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. For David Kerr, working in Minor League Baseball means keeping the following mantra in mind:

These are the best May ballpark promos

From Hype Hens to King Cakes and so much more around MiLB
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May 2, 2024

Welcome to Promo Preview, a monthly compendium of Minor League Baseball promotions to look forward to. May's highlights include nonagenarian icons, Mardi Gras sweets, reinterpretations of local disasters and, of course, much more. Let's get to it.

Ben's Biz: Weird memories from ballpark road trips

A collection of the most bizzare instances over 13 seasons of travel
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April 26, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Last month, a newsletter reader named Karen emailed the following question: “What is the most

Ben's Biz: Minor League promos for mid-April

Hockey Day, Awful Night, Chili Buns and so much more
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April 19, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. The pomp and circumstance of Opening Day is in the rearview mirror and the world

Ben's Biz: 2024 MiLB ballpark road trips

Ben is headed back to Cali, the Rickwood Game and more!
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April 12, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Over the past 13 seasons I’ve witnessed more than 300 games at 186 Minor League

Hammer time: Aaron's Minor League career

Baseball icon honed his skills in Eau Claire and Jacksonville
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April 8, 2024

This article was first published on January 26, 2021.

MiLB prepares for the total solar eclipse

From a total eclipse of the park to solar palooza and more
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April 5, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. On Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse makes its way across the country, moving

Start planning NOW for these MiLB promotions

From Chili Buns to Skenes Bobblestache/head, don't get eclipsed
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April 5, 2024

Ninety Minor League Baseball teams open up Friday, joining the 30 Triple-A squads that kicked off the 2024 campaign on March 29. And with every Minor League season comes Minor League promotions, the vast array of theme nights and giveaways taking place on a nightly basis as supplements to the

Check out these five MiLB alternate identities

Hype Hens, Beach Chickens, Grits and more for the new season
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March 29, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. The season is imminent and yet new alternate identities just keep on coming. Here are

Sea Dogs' broadcaster adds new role -- mom

Emma Tiedmann welcomed daughter Lucy Ruth into the world
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March 26, 2024

If you’re in the live broadcast business, embarrassing on-air moments come with the territory. Emma Tiedemann -- voice of the Portland Sea Dogs -- endured one last Aug. 10, just after reliever Ryan Miller came on to pitch the top of the seventh inning for Portland. Tiedemann, speaking during an

Ben's Biz: 2024 Double-A promotional night highlights

Great mustaches, Sojourner Truth, hot dog candles and more
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March 22, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Last week, I provided a rollicking round-up of notable 2024 Triple-A promotions. Today, we’ll gingerly

Check out the new Copa de la Diversión identities 

Five teams join in for the first time, three more are rebranding
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March 19, 2024

2024 marks the seventh season of Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión program in which teams assume alternate identities that engage with and celebrate their region's Hispanic fan base. Nighty-eight MiLB teams are participating in Copa de la Diversión this season, the most ever, for a total that represents