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    Minor League Baseball

    Two more weeks to go in minor league baseball and it does look like we'll repeat as league champions - kinda hard when you don't make the playoffs. That's not the point of these leagues and can be much more fun and less expensive than the multi-millionaires major league.

    The P's family likes to go to a couple of games a month to be outside in the summer air, visit with friends, drink a beer, let Wee-P take a carousel ride (yes they have one at our ballpark) and see a game. We have the Hickory Crawdads, a Class A affiliate of the Pirates, and its fun to see if we can recognize any names if they reach the majors.

    Just wanted to see if you have and support a local minor league team.
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    We have the AA team of the Mets nearby in Binghamton, NY. It is fun to see guys from AA make the big team. Support is mixed for the team. When attendance is only 2,000 for a night it makes me wonder why they stay. However on 2 for 1 beer night the attendance is usually over the 5,000 mark.

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    The Reds' Triple AAA Louisville Bats (formerly Riverbats, formerly St. Louis' Triple AAA Redbirds, formerly Colonels)

    Great downtown stadium, reasonable prices. Up and coming major leaguers, rehabbing major leaguers, guys that'll never get a cup of coffee but won't give up until the legs fall out from underneath 'em. Cool stuff.
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    We've got the Hagerstown Suns, a single A team. Used to be an affiliate of the Orioles but in recent years have been with Toronto, San Francisco and currently the Mets. Our stadium is probably one of the oldest in the minors, built in the 30's. It's really nothing special and there is a push to hopefully construct a new one soon. We go often and hang out in the bleachers with friends or the beer garden on Thirsty Thursdays. $1 drafts! We won the first half but all the good players got sent up and our team is pretty awful right now so I don't have much hope for a run through the playoffs.
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    I used to go to Denver Zephyrs games as a kid. (I think they moved to New Orleans when the Rockies came to town?) Thos were fun. Cheap seats and you could sit right behind the dugout/homeplate at the old Mile High Stadium. I remember it being, at 80,000 seats, the largest minor league stadium (of course the Broncos played there as well). It was neat to see the place virtually empty, except for seats around the dugouts.

    I do wish, after watching Bull Durham a couple weeks ago, that we could get a team up here around Fort Collins. We support our minor league hockey team passionetly and baseball would be a fun summer activity here. Probably a rookie or single a team would work well.
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    Yeah I've been known to go to a White Sox game from time to time.

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    In my fair city we had the Triplets (AAA)
    and now have the Otter's (Frontier League)

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    Wrigley Field in Chicago (1914)

    Hall of Famers who played here:
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    Warren Spahn 1941 Bees
    Hank Greenberg 1931 Hubs
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    Toledo Mud Hens

    The Toledo Mud Hens are still in first place in their division, cruising with the best record in minor league baseball at the Triple A level (the level nearest the major leagues, for you non-baseball thread browsers). The Mud Hens logo, on shirts, shorts, hats, etc. is rated as the most popular in minor league baseball. Fans crowd Fifth Third Stadium in downtown Toledo to watch the muddy ducks play ball. Surrounding the field, which is just completing its' third year, are a number of downtown taverns and restaurants. The stadium was picked as the best in minor league baseball for a few years in a row.

    The Hens used to play at Lucas County Recreation Center, which was basically an old harness racing track converted to baseball. Small crowds, no enthusiasm, etc.

    What a difference with a new stadium, built in the central business district, using the small skyline of Toledo as a backdrop for the outfield. The stadium is very fan friendly, with large open areas for just standing around, watching the game. People who go to the stadium find it very fan-friendly and very family-oriented.

    Owners of other minor league teams are making the trek to a few minor league venues, to see what is being done right. Louisville and Toledo both rank high on "must sees" for those owners.

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    Omaha has the Triple AAA Royals, an affiliate of the other minor league team, KC Royals (How did that happen?). Maryland has the Hagerstown Suns, as MD Planner pointed out, the Bowie Baysox, Frederick Keys and the Aberdeen Ironbirds who are owned by "Mr. Switch me to 3rd Base to save the streak" Cal Ripken, Jr.
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    Two AA minor league temas I go to see on occasion:

    NH Fisher Cats (Toronto's AA Affiliate) - in Manchester, NH....minutes from home. Great new ballpark, and CHEAP tix (most expensive is 12 bucks).

    Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox AA affiliate) - Portland, ME. Very nice stadium in Portland (Hadlock Field). Close enough to go every once in a while (about a 2 hr. drive from home). Great place to see future Sox players (including a few great prospects right now).
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    I am in a great place for minor league baseball. Six teams within a hour and a half drive

    Charlotte Knights Tripple A
    Asheville Tourist Single A
    Winston Salem Warthogs Single A
    Greensboro Grasshoppers Single A
    Hickory Crawdads single A
    Kannapolis Intimidators named after #3 single A

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