Shore thing: BlueClaws adopt beachy keen look
Lakewood club shifts to 'Jersey Shore' moniker, unveils fresh logos
New Jersey's Lakewood Township Minor League Baseball team isn't going anywhere. In 2021, as in every season since their inaugural 2001 campaign, the Phillies' Class A affiliate will still be named the BlueClaws and operate out of FirstEnergy Park. Nonetheless, next year marks the official start of a new era
33 in the books: PawSox say goodbye to McCoy
In absence of farewell campaign, team stages epic Grand Finale
In 2021, the Pawtucket Red Sox will move across state lines, some 45 miles to the northwest, and become the Worcester Red Sox. 2020, then, has marked this International League entity's 50th and final year at historic -- and much beloved -- McCoy Stadium. This milestone year came, and has
Where it began: From the Minors to Cooperstown
A look at the pro debuts of Brock, Seaver, Gibson, Ford and Morgan
Over the past two-and-a-half months, five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame passed away: Tom Seaver, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Whitey Ford and Joe Morgan. They will be forever missed, and never forgotten.
The Major League careers of this Cooperstown quintet ended long ago. Tom Seaver, the last
And now, our ballpark feature presentation
A look at the most unique stadium aspects in the Minor Leagues
What makes a Minor League ballpark unique? The food? The fans? The view? The answer to that query is, of course, all of the above. But perhaps above all, what makes a Minor League park unique are its stand-alone features, those architectural quirks, creative constructions and down-the-line additions that simply
Greenville Drive host civic-minded 'Day of Action'
Ballpark event features voter registration, COVID testing and more
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
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
Chronicling Copa, from coast to coast
Traveling MiLB scribe details 'Fun Cup' ballpark experiences
Team names and logos often tell a regionally specific story, and this is especially true in the sprawling and eccentric world that is Minor League Baseball. Copa de la Diversión, an ever-growing Hispanic fan engagement initiative, has made it possible for many more stories to be told.
Copa de la
Welcome, citizens: I-Cubs tradition carries on
Des Moines club hosts annual on-field naturalization ceremony
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.
They are the champions: MiLB's winningest clubs
A league-by-league overview of the teams that have the most titles
This is the time of year when Minor League championships are won. But the absence of a Minor League Baseball season has meant the absence of playoffs, which has meant the absence of championships. You, of course, already knew this.
So enough talk about absence. This article is about those
5-7-5: River Cats' broadcaster pens book of haiku
Doskow's 'Goodnight Em' getting to go deep, three lines at a time
This past March, Johnny Doskow's long-established baseball routines were completely upended by COVID-19. This was the case for everyone, of course, but Doskow used his newfound free time in a particularly unique manner. The longtime voice of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats penned and summarily self-published his debut book of
Lexington and Florence travel the Bourbon Trail
Season on the rocks results in neat Kentucky baseball partnership
Brandon Phillips is a member of the Lexington Legends.
Ordinarily, this would sound absurd, and perhaps it still does. What set of circumstances would lead a 39-year-old Cincinnati Reds icon with more than 2,000 hits at the Major League level to come out of retirement to play for the Legends,
Hindsight 2020: Reviewing 'season' like no other
April through September, Minors tapped into the gameday spirit
Ready to have your mind blown? If the 2020 Minor League Baseball season had happened, it would have already happened. The regular season would have ended on Labor Day. Today, then, would have marked the first day of the offseason.
Of course, like so many other taken-for-granted entertainments, the 2020
Stitches in time: Nine who played nine in nine
Fielding every position's a season-ending Minor League tradition
In the history of Major League Baseball, only five men have played all nine positions in the course of a single game. In Minor League Baseball, however, this idiosyncratic feat is much more common. In fact, it's a Labor Day weekend tradition.
While no one played all nine positions in
Minors' teams celebrate Negro League legacy
Taking a nationwide look at planned centennial commemorations
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
Cut it out: Rochester rooters finally take their seats
Frontier Field, serving as Jays' alt site, adds cardboard supporters
To be a Rochester Red Wings fan in 2020, you've got to be cut out for the job.
The Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, welcomed their first crowd of the year on Aug. 21. This Frontier Field gathering, eclectic yet inanimate, was in the form of approximately
Skin in the game: A Minor League tattoo odyssey
Christensen details ongoing quest to ink every team on his body
This month we’re profiling Minor League Baseball fans across the country. These fans go to impressive lengths to show their love of the game in creative ways, staying connected to their favorite teams even when the action on the field is on hold. Do you think you can stake your
Minors offer a menagerie of memorable fans
Die-hard rooters prove essential to the ballpark experience
The absence of Minor League Baseball means the absence of fans, over 41 million of whom passed through the turnstiles in 2019. From Triple-A to Rookie Advanced, big cities to small towns, fans are the lifeblood of the industry.
Of course, not all fans are created equal. As we slog
What's in the box? It's a Minor League mystery
Iowa-based fan explains joys of enigmatic mail order merchandise
This month we’re profiling Minor League Baseball fans across the country who go to impressive lengths to show their love of the game in creative ways and stay connected to their favorite teams even when the action on the field is on hold. Do you think you can stake your
Bisons, Buckeyes, Blues, Broncos and more
Buffalo one of many IL locales with Major League history
The city of Buffalo, New York, hosted a Major League Baseball game on Tuesday night, with the Toronto Blue Jays enjoying a walk-off win over the Miami Marlins. It was the first of 25 Blue Jays games scheduled for Sahlen Field, which ordinarily serves as the home of their Triple-A
How sweet it is: Lansing's Lemonade League
Lugnuts get creative with colorful in-house collegiate circuit
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
Did you know? Pioneer League edition
Unique facts about the Rookie Advanced circuit's eight teams
When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the final installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,
Did you know? Appalachian League edition
Unique facts about the Rookie Advanced circuit's 10 teams
When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the penultimate installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,