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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,

Did you know? Midwest League edition

Unique facts for each of the Class A circuit's 16 clubs
@BensBiz
June 30, 2020

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 ninth installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Knocking it out of the park on Father's Day

Jeremy Williams visits M-Braves, provides home run heroics
@BensBiz
June 25, 2020

Looking for this year's top baseball highlight? Look no further than what happened at the Mississippi Braves' home of Trustmark Park on Sunday. Jeremy Williams, coming through in the clutch, hit a Father's Day home run that will never be forgotten. Williams was one of 26 local dads to sign

Did you know? Florida State League edition

Unique facts for each of the Class A Advanced circuit's 12 clubs
@BensBiz
June 23, 2020

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 eighth installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

'The King of Staten Island' visits the Yankees

Davidson, Burr bond at the ballpark in new Apatow movie
@BensBiz
June 18, 2020

If stadiums received acting credits, Richmond County Bank Ballpark would have one of the most impressive IMDb pages in all of Minor League Baseball. Home of the Staten Island Yankees since 2001, Richmond County Bank Ballpark has been featured in a variety of commercials, television shows and independent movies. In

Did you know? Carolina League edition

Unique facts for each of the 10 clubs on the Class A Advanced circuit
@BensBiz
June 16, 2020

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 seventh installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Calling for change in the broadcast booth

Black Play-By-Play Broadcaster Grant assists new voices
@BensBiz
June 11, 2020

When it comes to effecting change in America, you can talk about it or you can be about it. Adam Giardino chose the latter approach. Giardino, a broadcasting professional with 10 years experience who works for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, is the driving force behind the Black Play-by-Play Broadcaster Grant.

Did you know? California League edition

Eight unique facts, one for each on the Class A Advanced circuit
@BensBiz
June 9, 2020

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 sixth installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

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

Did you know? Texas League edition

Eight unique facts about the Double-A circuit, one for each team
@BensBiz
June 2, 2020

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 fourth installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Movie Night on a Minor League Baseball field

Tortugas screen Jackie Robinson biopic at namesake ballpark
@BensBiz
May 28, 2020

These days, Minor League Baseball fans aren't able to watch players take the field. But last Friday in Daytona Beach, they were able to take the field themselves. The Daytona Tortugas staged what currently stands as the biggest ballpark event of the would-be 2020 Minor League season, hosting nearly 600

Did you know? Southern League Edition

Ten unique facts about the Double-A circuit, one for each team
@BensBiz
May 26, 2020

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 fourth installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Open for business at the ballpark

As restrictions loosen, Minor League teams get creative
@BensBiz
May 21, 2020

All 50 states are in the process of reopening their economies while easing lockdown restrictions. What this means varies from state to state and sometimes even town to town. Minor League Baseball teams, like businesses everywhere, are cautiously determining how to proceed. While there are no plans in place to

Did you know? Eastern League edition

Twelve unique facts about the Double-A circuit, one for each team
May 19, 2020

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 third installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Take me out: another concessions roundup

MiLB teams across country continue to offer ballpark food to-go
May 14, 2020

Last week, we highlighted an array of unique to-go concession items being offered by Minor League teams. Today, it's time for seconds.What follows is another roundup of curbside cuisine available at Minor League Baseball ballparks across the country. In these trying times, such endeavors allow teams to perform a community

Did you know? Pacific Coast League edition

Sixteen unique facts about the Triple-A circuit, one for each team
May 12, 2020

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 second installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Concessions in a time of concessions

Minor League teams nationwide offering ballpark food to-go
May 7, 2020

The Altoona Curve's signature concession item isn't a hyper-specific regional delicacy, nor is it an over-the-top gut buster. It's the Curve Burger, simple yet satisfying, a juicy cheeseburger served fresh off the grill and accompanied by a bag of Martin's potato chips.

Did you know? International League edition

Fourteen unique facts about the Triple-A circuit, one for each team
May 5, 2020

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 first installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Check 'em out: Fan-recommended MiLB books

A crowd-sourced compendium of Minor League reading material
April 30, 2020

This month, MiLB.com went to the movies, tuned into the television shows and watched worthwhile documentaries that spotlighted the quintessential qualities of Minor League Baseball, with fans chiming in on what else could've made the list and other deserving candidates. Now it's time to turn the page and focus on books. Earlier this week, we recommended 10 of our favorite Minor

Turn the page: A Minor League book roundup

Ten titles to check out while waiting for the 2020 season to begin
April 28, 2020

This month, MiLB.com went to the movies, tuned into the television shows and watched worthwhile documentaries that spotlighted the quintessential qualities of Minor League Baseball, with fans chiming in on what else could've made the list and other deserving candidates. Now it's time to turn the page. On the field or in your living room,

Storm Chasers stage parking lot fireworks show

Minor League promo staple brings people together, separately
April 23, 2020

A long, long time ago -- Feb. 5, to be exact -- the Omaha Storm Chasers announced that a fireworks show would follow every Saturday game at the team's home of Werner Park. The first show scheduled was for April 18, after that evening's contest against the San Antonio Missions. By

Join the team: Timber Rattlers want you

Community-owned Class A club selling membership certificates
April 21, 2020

Minor League Baseball teams need fan support, now more than ever. But how exactly can fans show their support during this unprecedented period of indefinite postponement? The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a longtime Midwest League entity based in Appleton, are offering a unique option: Fans can, quite literally, join the club.  

Working from Home Journals: Plugging away

Intrepid MiLB front office members chronicle daily improvisations
April 16, 2020

Minor League Baseball will return, and when it does team employees will be ready. In this second installment of the Working from Home Journals, six individuals from throughout the industry fill us in on what they've been up to. To read part one, click here. For part two, click here.

Ben looks back at 2019's ballpark road trips

Traveling scribe visited Fayetteville, Amarillo, Vegas and more
April 16, 2020

The best thing about Minor League Baseball? In this writer's estimation, it's ballpark road trips. With 160 teams spread out over 14 leagues and six levels of play, there's no shortage of places to visit. It's a great way to see the country, giving fans a reason to visit locales

Without baseball, OT Sports shifts priorities

North Carolina-based jersey manufacturer now producing masks
April 9, 2020

This time of year, under ordinary circumstances, OT Sports would be producing jerseys for clients throughout the sports world. Many of these clients are Minor League Baseball teams, who rely on the Burlington, North Carolina-based company to create a wide array of creative -- and often flat-out ridiculous -- theme