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These are the best May ballpark promos

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

Will 2024 be the tastiest season of all-time?

Here are eight new concession items that make the case
April 2, 2024

Baseball develops some of its best elements in the Minor Leagues, from the talent of players, to ballpark promotions to rule changes. That also extends to food. Of course, you can get all your favorites -- Cracker Jacks, hot dogs, cotton candy, beer, cola and all the rest -- at

Hold up! Minors has long history of strange delays

Halts caused by everything from umpire cravings to freak foul balls
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

Ballpark chef brings Italian touch to concessions

Lehigh Valley's Buccino proud to represent 'the culture of food'
November 20, 2023

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The 2023 season was Alessandro Buccino’s first as executive chef for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. This despite the fact that, for most of his life, he never gave any thought to a career in the food service industry. But, then again, he also hadn’t thought that he'd

Check out 10 of Mike Veeck's zaniest promotions

New documentary features maverick executive's wildest ballpark stunts
September 25, 2023

The Saint of Second Chances, a new documentary now streaming on Netflix, traces Mike Veeck’s professional implosion and resurrection. The implosion was caused by Disco Demolition Night, an infamous disaster that Veeck staged in 1979 while serving as promotions director for the Chicago White Sox (a team then owned by

Minor League Baseball's Top Alternate Identities

Vote for your favorite, winner will be revealed on Oct. 2 broadcast
September 19, 2023

Over the course of a long season, it's good to switch things up. Minor League teams across the country do so on a regular basis, adopting a plethora of alternate identities to complement their everyday name and look. Alternate identities encompass a wide range of often irreverent themes, gaining fans

Smell familiar? Skunk once again interrupts Baysox-Senators game

September 13, 2023

Something is in the air when these two teams meet. For the second time this season, a skunk has interrupted play between the Double-A Bowie Baysox (Orioles) and Harrisburg Senators (Nationals). In the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday night at Harrisburg’s FNB Field, a black-and-white striped critter appeared

Who needs hits? Jupiter's Lewis steals 5 bases

Marlins prospect's feat only done 8 times in Minors since 2005
August 16, 2023

At first, it looks like a misprint. Five steals on zero hits? How can that be? What Ian Lewis accomplished for Single-A Jupiter on Wednesday night was so rare it’s been done just once in AL/NL history dating back to 1901. (The lone big leaguer to pull off the five-steal,

DSL Red Sox no-hit themselves, well, sort of

Boston's DSL Blue squad twirls gem against DSL Red team
July 7, 2023

When you play in a league with more than one team from your organization, every head-to-head matchup comes with bragging rights. The Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Red Sox Blue commandeered them on Thursday in pretty remarkable fashion – no-hitting organizational counterpart Red Sox Red in a 1-0 victory. That’s right:

Tourists crash party to celebrate Costner character

Astros affiliate paying tribute to film's anniversary with Davis Night
June 22, 2023

The Durham Bulls may be the Minor League team most often associated with the “Bull Durham,” but they’re not the only one from North Carolina with ties to the 1988 rom-com. Main character Crash Davis ends the movie playing 224 miles west of Durham with the Asheville Tourists, where he

Altoona's trash could be a lucky fan's treasure

Curve's Redd Up Night offers some ... uh, interesting giveaways
June 20, 2023

When fans attend a ballgame, there’s not much better than catching a foul ball in the stands. For whoever grabs it, that ball becomes a cherished souvenir. But what if you attended a game and went home with a 55-gallon trash can used two seasons ago, would that become a

Springfield cash-ews in on local cuisine

First alternate identity honors chicken dish created in Missouri
May 27, 2023

The Springfield Cardinals have always been, in the words of general manager Dan Reiter, a very traditional franchise. The Double-A team had never assumed an alternate identity before, but the tradition was broken this week. For the first time in the club’s history, they didn't take the field as the

Danas, Mesas get in some extra bonding time

Two sets of prospects mark National Brother's Day differently
May 24, 2023

For the Dana brothers, playing for the Tri-City Dust Devils is something of a family tradition. And for the Mesa brothers, taking the field for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos was a treat they'd like to repeat. But in both cases, being in pro ball in the same organization as their

Goose engages in fowl play in Hudson Valley

Yankees' High-A affiliate gets a surprise visitor in game's first frame
May 18, 2023

An out had not even been recorded in High-A Hudson Valley’s contest against Brooklyn on Thursday when the game took a turn for the wacky. A goose found its way onto the field at Heritage Financial Park, evading both players and groundskeepers alike in a brief appearance that raised goosebumps

What's in an apostrophe? For Pensacola, everything

Call 'em Blue Wahoo's Tuesday as club embraces incorrect grammar
May 15, 2023

Baseball, at its core, is a game dependent on accuracy. A fielder aims to throw the ball on the mark, a baserunner seeks every angle possible to motor around the bags and a manager can be zen-like in the quest to tab a hot bat off the bench or remove

Baker gets all kinds of acrobatic on sliding stop

Red Wings second baseman living up to family legacy on the field
May 11, 2023

For many of us, the first thought that comes to mind when we hear the name Darren Baker is of a 3-year-old boy being rescued at home plate by Giants first baseman J.T. Snow during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series. Baker, serving as San Francisco's batboy, was a

Critters get their running reps in during EL action

Squirrel, skunk make their way onto fields in Reading, Harrisburg
May 10, 2023

Who let the animals out in the Eastern League? Wildlife briefly interrupted Wednesday's action at two different Double-A ballparks in Pennsylvania -- first a squirrel in the New Hampshire-Reading game, and then a skunk in the Bowie-Harrisburg contest. Squirrel delays are nothing new at Minor League games -- in fact,

Draft Picks: Stripers serve up historical Pilsner

Gwinnett, Pontoon Brewing collaborate on signature 6-4-3 beer
May 9, 2023

This is the first in a series of Draft Picks articles about clubs crafting unique and interesting beers for their respective fan bases. Others in the series: Spokane's Redband Tangerine Wheat Beer, Fayetteville's Birdy Brew and Kannapolis' Baller Beer.