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Choosing the decade's best Minor League promos

After much deliberation, veteran scribe unveils his 2010's Top 10
@BensBiz
January 5, 2021

Over the past three months, MiLB.com's Ben Hill provided a year-by-year overview of Minor League Baseball's top promotions of the 2010s. Today, he chooses his 10 favorite promos of the entire decade. This series will conclude Thursday -- National Bobblehead Day -- with a look at the decade's best bobbleheads.

Minor League Promos of the Decade: 2017

There goes the sun: The year in which one promo eclipsed them all
@BensBiz
December 15, 2020

The lack of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season meant the lack of gameday promotions. However, there are still plenty of promotions upon which we can reminisce. This marks the eighth article in a year-by-year series chronicling the past decade's most notable Minor League Baseball gameday promotions. To share your

Minor League Promos of the Decade: 2016

Lehigh Valley gets 'wit' cheesesteaks; Hot Rods have barrels of fun
December 8, 2020

The lack of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season meant the lack of gameday promotions. However, there are still plenty of promotions upon which we can reminisce. This marks the seventh article in a year-by-year series chronicling the past decade's most notable Minor League Baseball gameday promotions. To share your

Knights' office space rental a suite deal

'Work from Home (Plate)' initiative provides break from daily grind
@BensBiz
December 3, 2020

In normal times, spending a weekday at the ballpark often meant that one had found a way to escape the office. In these abnormal times, however, the reverse is true: the ballpark itself is the office, providing the opportunity to escape from home. That's the premise behind the Charlotte Knights'

Minor League Promos of the Decade: 2015

Fresno Tacos highlight another season of theme jersey innovation
@BensBiz
December 1, 2020

The lack of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season meant the lack of gameday promotions. While there may not be any to look back on this year, there are still plenty of promotions upon which we can reminisce. This marks the sixth article in a year-by-year series chronicling of the

Minor League Baseball promos of the decade: 2014

Outlandish apparel took center stage, courtesy of the theme jersey
@BensBiz
November 19, 2020

The lack of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season meant the lack of gameday promotions. While there may not be any to look back on this year, there are still plenty of promotions upon which we can reminisce. This marks the fifth article in a year-by-year series chronicling of the

Trash Pandas attempt world-record food drive

Toyota Field serves as donation site for massive philanthropic event
@BensBiz
November 12, 2020

The Rocket City Trash Pandas recently staged one of the most successful and impactful events in the short history of the franchise. They also fell short of a much-publicized stated goal. Two things can be true at the same time. The Rocket City Trash Pandas, located in the greater Huntsville,

Minor League Baseball promos of the decade: 2013

From the Shake to sharks to Scranton, a review of the year's finest
@BensBiz
November 10, 2020

The lack of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season meant the lack of gameday promotions. While there may not be any to look back on this year, there are still plenty of promotions upon which we can reminisce. Today marks the fourth article in a year-by-year series chronicling of the

Mascots pitch in on Real Men Wear Pink campaign

Clubs get creative in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
@JoshJacksonMiLB
October 30, 2020

In any given October, Minor League mascots find themselves free of the demands of the past season and turn their attention to a more serious matter. They raise research funds and awareness for a disease that affects well over 250,000 families in the United States annually, harnessing the support of

Minor League Baseball promos of the decade: 2012

Hitting from the dock to the bay headlined noteworthy endeavors
@BensBiz
October 29, 2020

The lack of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season meant the lack of gameday promotions. While there may not be any to look back on this year, there are still plenty of promotions upon which we can reminisce. Today marks the second article in a series, a year-by-year chronicling of

Minor League Baseball promos of the decade: 2011

Braden's belly and ballpark belles, in 3D: A look back at year's best
@BensBiz
October 22, 2020

The lack of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season meant the lack of gameday promotions. While there may not be any to look back on this year, there are still plenty of promotions upon which we can reminisce. Today marks the second article in a series, a year-by-year chronicling of

Minor League Baseball promos of the decade: 2010

From Rojo to Rickwood, looking back at the year's most memorable
@BensBiz
October 13, 2020

The lack of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season meant the lack of gameday promotions. While there may not be any to look back on this year, there are still plenty of promotions upon which we can reminisce. Today marks the first article in a series, a year-by-year chronicling of

Greenville Drive host civic-minded 'Day of Action'

Ballpark event features voter registration, COVID testing and more
@BensBiz
October 6, 2020

After the 2020 Minor League season was officially canceled, the Greenville Drive began marketing themselves as their community's "ideal social distancing venue." The team's home of Fluor Field has since played host to a diverse array of events. Nearly all areas of the ballpark, from the luxury suites to the

Innovators Summit adapts to 2020's weird reality

Annual MiLB idea-sharing event becomes a two-day virtual affair
@BensBiz
October 2, 2020

Like so much else during these strange pandemic-affected days, the 2020 Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit transitioned from a location-based event to a virtual one. Instead of gathering in Winston-Salem, North Carolina -- the originally scheduled host city -- attendees congregated via their computer screens. This year's Summit, slimmed-down but

Top 2020 promos go head-to-head in virtual event

Innovators Summit highlighted by the Golden Bobblehead Awards
@BensBiz
September 29, 2020

The 2020 Innovators Summit is a virtual event, but the Golden Bobbleheads are real. The Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit, known as the Promo Seminar prior to its rebranding in 2019, is an annual industry-wide idea-sharing event. Like nearly everything related to the difficult year that is 2020, it will

Welcome, citizens: I-Cubs tradition carries on

Des Moines club hosts annual on-field naturalization ceremony
@BensBiz
September 22, 2020

A pandemic, social upheaval and myriad natural disasters during a tumultuous presidential election cycle may obscure the point, but nonetheless: The United States of America is a desirable place to live. Every year, the Triple-A Iowa Cubs stage a unique ballpark event that makes this sentiment abundantly clear. Since 2009,

Minors' teams celebrate Negro League legacy

Taking a nationwide look at planned centennial commemorations
@BensBiz
September 1, 2020

On Feb. 13, 1920, the Negro National League was founded in Kansas City, Missouri. One hundred years later to the day Minor League Baseball announced it was partnering with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Josh Gibson Foundation "to celebrate the impact the Negro Leagues have had on professional

Ballpark dogs: A beloved Minor League tradition

From Chase to Dash, Trenton set in motion an ever-popular trend
August 26, 2020

The Nationwide Dog Dugout is home to MiLB's official bat dogs and the latest four-legged news. Through Aug. 31, 2020 be sure to enter your furry friend into the Nationwide Dog Dugout Sweepstakes for a chance to be featured in the logo and win more great prizes!

How sweet it is: Lansing's Lemonade League

Lugnuts get creative with colorful in-house collegiate circuit
@BensBiz
August 11, 2020

Looking for a sense of normalcy? You can find it at Lansing's Cooley Law School Stadium, where the hometown Lugnuts are regularly playing in front of sold-out crowds. Granted, just about any description of "normal" these days comes equipped with an asterisk heavy enough to slide off the page due

Promo Preview: 'What Could Have Been'

Celebrating the weekend's would-be Minor League genius
@BensBiz
July 16, 2020

Promo Preview, a roundup of top Minor League Baseball promotions, debuted in 2006 and has appeared on MiLB.com in various shapes and forms ever since. Today marks the debut of a wholly unprecedented iteration of this long-running column: the "What Could Have Been" edition. What follows is a full-to-bursting and

Drive continue to make impact in South Carolina

Unique food creation, distribution plan garners June Promotion of the Month
July 14, 2020

Summer nights at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina, have the feel of a large neighborhood gathering with the beautiful 15-year-old facility serving as the “front porch” of the Greater Greenville and Upstate South Carolina area. And while the coronavirus pandemic has prevented local fans from being able to support

Shots in the dark: MiLB fireworks memories

As the Fourth looms, scribe shares his pyrotechnic recollections
@BensBiz
July 2, 2020

The most popular promotion in Minor League Baseball? Year after year, the answer is the same -- fireworks. Absurd bobbleheads and regional food-based theme nights might get all the attention, but fireworks are the backbone of promo schedules. Friday Night Fireworks are a common occurrence at all levels of play,

If you list it, they will come to Pensacola

Blue Wahoos earn Promo of the Month for Airbnb listing
June 15, 2020

It’s a common activity for people everywhere: finding a home online and imagining what life would be like living at someone else’s place. These days, through rental services like Airbnb, you can spend a night at some of those beautiful and awe-inspiring dwellings, trading in the traditional hotel experience for

Biscuits' burger contest a bang for community

Rays' Double-A affiliate helps raise money for local charities
@brianjstultz
June 10, 2020

If you had two of the region's top five burger chefs at your disposal, what would you do? That was the pleasant problem facing Montgomery Biscuits general manager Mike Murphy. With the Southern League team’s season on hold, Murphy reached out to a community partner for suggestions on how to

A Rocky Mountain ballpark drive-in 

Vibes host movie night for fans and their automobiles
@BensBiz
June 4, 2020

The Rocky Mountain Vibes hosted a showing of Back to the Future on Saturday night, doing so in a way that reflects our very strange present. The Vibes, Rookie Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, screened the 1985 time travel comedy on the videoboard at UCHealth Park. Fans watched from