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Trash Pandas fans go off menu to eat cicadas?!?

Rocket City broadcasters taken aback by insect consumption
@JesseABorek
May 22, 2024

No matter how much or how little time you’ve spent around the game of baseball, you surely know the refrain: “Take me out to the ballgame … buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack.” Eating a cicada is never mentioned. But on Tuesday night at Toyota Field, they seemed to

Home Run Derby X to hit four MiLB parks in 2024

Stops will include Fort Wayne, Albuquerque, Nashville, Durham
May 21, 2024

If home runs, diving catches, and nonstop baseball action are your thing, then you're in luck: MLB's Home Run Derby X is returning to four new cities for 2024. The three-on-three home run derby has gone around the country and the world and will now stop at some of the

Here are some forward-thinking throwback promos

These must-catch events for all 30 parent clubs honor the past
May 21, 2024

On the field, Minor League Baseball is all about the future: See tomorrow’s stars, today. This forward-looking mentality is often combined with ballpark celebrations of past eras, via salutes to defunct teams, retired players and beloved pop culture properties. Jump in the way-back machine and join us as we explore

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from the past month

Triple-A seems to have monopoly on wackiness early in '24 season
@BensBiz
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

These are the best May ballpark promos

From Hype Hens to King Cakes and so much more around MiLB
@BensBiz
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.

Mudonna is a huggable pig AND a record-setter

Triple-A St. Paul's mascot able to give out 90 hugs within a minute
@JoshJacksonMiLB
April 28, 2024

Some mascots are good for a laugh. Some get you amped up. Some make you feel warm and fuzzy. Mudonna T. Pig -- a neon-pink porcine cheerleader nicknamed "the divine swine" and "the dutchess of pork" who has been entertaining St. Paul Saints fans for over 20 years -- was

These 2024 bobbleheads are literally the tops

Looking at each system's best offering of the collectible kind
April 23, 2024

There are a kajillion reasons to love baseball -- especially Minor League Baseball. The bobblehead, which has been greeted with an enthusiastic "Yes" from baseball fans at least since MLB put out a set featuring the likes of Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays in 1960, combines many of

All systems go for Rocket City homer celebrations

Angels' Double-A affiliate incorporating space ties into dugout fun
@MavalloneMiLB
April 11, 2024

Trash Pandas, go for launch! One of the more popular Minor League monikers, Double-A Rocket City combined a pair of nicknames during its relocation from Mobile to Huntsville, Ala., following the 2019 season.

Start planning NOW for these MiLB promotions

From Chili Buns to Skenes Bobblestache/head, don't get eclipsed
@BensBiz
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

Umps honor 'deeply missed' coworker with patch

MiLB officials pay tribute to Jay Pierce with 'JP' logo on side of hats
April 4, 2024

Across the Minor Leagues this season, umpires will be wearing "JP" patches on their hats, paying tribute to the impact of Jay Pierce on the profession. Pierce, 40, who passed away in September after a four-year battle with colon cancer, umpired for seven seasons from 2006-12 in the Gulf Coast,

11 reasons we're excited about the 2024 season

On the field or off, there's a lot to look forward to in the Minors
April 3, 2024

It is all happening in Minor League Baseball. Every organization’s quest for a World Series title and every future star’s journey to big league greatness is built here. It’s where new fans are made and baseball lifers congregate in dugouts, front offices, press boxes and the stands. It’s where wild,

Party on! Pensacola celebrates Monterrey series

Marlins affiliate, Mexican team reach out to community together
@JoeTrezz
April 3, 2024

Technically, the Minor League season at non-Triple-A affiliates doesn’t begin until Friday. But at Double-A Pensacola, things got off to a bright and colorful start.

Here are the Spring Breakout rosters

Prospect showcase puts Minor Leaguers on center stage
March 7, 2024

Spring Breakout is just around the corner, and all 30 teams have set their rosters ahead of the March 14-17 showcase games.

Everything to know about Spring Breakout

Tickets, special rules and more as Minor Leaguers take big stage
@SamDykstraMiLB
March 6, 2024

One of the great joys of the annual All-Star Futures Game is the chance to put some of the game’s top prospects on one field in the middle of the summer and let them show off the tools that make them the future of baseball. But what if instead of

Meet the only player drafted No. 1 overall twice

Goodwin selected four years apart in '70s by White Sox and Angels
February 9, 2024

Baseball is unique among the major sports in terms of how common it is for players to be drafted more than once, often including players who are chosen both out of high school and college. Since the inaugural Draft in 1965, 30 players have been picked in the first round

Renegades forge connection with Bhutan Baseball

Yankees' High-A affiliate honoring country's ballplayers in August
February 6, 2024

Matthew DeSantis knew he had a good shot. DeSantis, the co-founder of the Bhutan Baseball and Softball Association, took a look through the viewfinder, where members of the Thimphu Red Pandas -- the first baseball club in the country -- were playing in front of Bhutan's famous Buddha Dordenma statue.

Shuckers celebrating Mardi Gras as King Cakes

Brewers' Double-A affiliate unveils its first alternate identity
@BensBiz
January 31, 2024

Carnival season is in full swing and Mardi Gras is imminent. On Wednesday evening the Biloxi Shuckers joined their region's ongoing celebrations by parading out a new alternate identity: the King Cakes. King cakes are a carnival season staple, traditionally consumed in the approximately five-week period between King's Day (hence

Order up! Somerset unveils new Jersey Diners look

Patriots toast to state's beloved eateries with alternate identity
@BensBiz
January 23, 2024

Rise and shine. On Tuesday morning, the Somerset Patriots visited a New Jersey diner to announce that they're serving up a new alternate identity as The Jersey Diners. New Jersey -- the Diner Capital of the World -- is home to over 500 diners, more than any other state. The

Top Minor League moments from 2023

Impressive prospects, off-field wins highlight the year in baseball
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 29, 2023

In 2023, Minor League Baseball featured thrilling prospect debuts, electric performances and moments that went beyond the box score. All commemorated by the inaugural MiLB Awards on MLB Network. Let's look back on the year in MiLB.

See the ol' ballgame in a new way at these parks

These six Minor League teams offer up different sights and sounds
@BensBiz
December 20, 2023

Looking for a respite from the sameness of the seat and the banality of the berm? Then consider visiting these six Minor League ballparks. You can watch the game from a unique and memorable location at each one. - Ballpark Guides Presented by Wyndham for EVERY Minor League team -

Take a walk -- or ride -- in the park with these teams

Great footpaths, bike trails abound at Minor League destinations
@JoshJacksonMiLB
December 12, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guide series opens the door to great baseball road trips and vacations all over the United States (and in one Canadian city), and once you've gone through that door, we're here to help you explore the great Minors cities and towns you'll find outside of it.

Plan a New England road trip with Ballpark Guides

Stop by Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rockies affiliates on unique sojourn
@JoshJacksonMiLB
December 7, 2023

It's a region made up of six cold-weather states, yet New England is rich with opportunities for the wayfaring baseball fan. No California, Texas nor Florida, it doesn't offer its youth year-round organized play, and it doesn't produce a great deal of Major League talent. But with its status as

Naturally, Northwest Arkansas finds fresh look

Royals Double-A club celebrates nature, community through design
@BensBiz
December 6, 2023

Call it a Natural progression: On Wednesday afternoon, the Minor League Baseball team in Springdale, Ark., unveiled new logos and uniforms. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, are named for the natural beauty of the region in which they compete. The Texas League franchise,

Wolff an unsung pioneer with an outsized impact on baseball

Northern League founder provided second chance for Mike Veeck
December 1, 2023

When you think of the modern Minor League and independent baseball fan experience, you probably think of theme nights, specialty jerseys, ball dogs and other unique in-game promotions and activations. Longtime Minor League owner Mike Veeck has often been credited with being at the forefront of this movement, and his

Hold up! Minors has long history of strange delays

Halts caused by everything from umpire cravings to freak foul balls
@JoshJacksonMiLB
November 27, 2023

Come out to the ballpark on any given day, and there’s no telling what you might see. Or might not see. For instance, a baseball game played as scheduled from start to finish. Nobody hopes for a delay, but the possibility does add a certain spontaneity. And is there any