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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,

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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

Ben's Biz: Triple-A promotional night highlights

Cosmic showdown, legends night, mystery egg rolls and more
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March 15, 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.

Ben's Biz: Spokane pays tribute to King Carl

Carl Maxey was Washington state royalty in and out of the ring
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March 8, 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.

Ben's Biz: Loons ready to 'party in slow motion'

Great Lakes will take on Pontooners identity for three games
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March 1, 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.

Winston-Salem unveils alternate identity

White Sox High-A affiliate wants you to meet the Beetles
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February 27, 2024

Tobacco Beetles, the Winston-Salem Dash’s new alternate identity, pays tribute to one of the region’s most notorious pests. Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em. The Dash, the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, are one of Minor League Baseball’s longest continuously operating teams. The franchise was established in 1945

Triple-A Jacksonville celebrates public domain

Marlins' affiliate Jumbo Shrimp set to host theme night free-for-all
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February 23, 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.

Bowling Green reveals Cavemen identity

Rays High-A affiliate pays tribute to natural wonders of Kentucky
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February 16, 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.

Father of Niners' QB had a Purdy good MiLB career

Brock's dad, Shawn, pitched eight seasons in the Minor Leagues
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February 9, 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.

A salute to five International League heroes

Razor, Corky, The King and more who became Triple-A legends
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February 2, 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.

Plan a trip to see MiLB's newest ballparks

Three years ago six new Minor League ballparks debuted
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January 26, 2024

Several Minor League ballparks are currently under construction, and even more are in the planning stages. Nonetheless, 2024 will mark the third straight season in which no new facilities open their doors. But lest we forget: A mere three years ago, a whopping six Minor League ballparks debuted for the