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Best Minor League Ballparks: The List

April 6, 2007 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)


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The listmania is a wrap, and now it's time to play ball. In honor of the start of the 2007 season, we've rounded up the country's best Minor League baseball ballparks and even mapped them out for you.

Each park offers something special, including its own oddball traditions. What they have in common is cheaper parking, cheaper food, cheaper seats, and better opportunities for you to be cheap by heckling the visiting team. Next time you have the urge to go broke with a Major League excursion, consider supporting your local Minor League team instead.

Minor League Ballparks List:
· AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds.
· Cashman Field, home of the Las Vegas 51s.
· Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens.
· Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings.
· Dunn Tire Park, home of the Buffalo Bisons.

Above is a picture from Richmond County Bank Ballpark, which hosts our home team, the Staten Island Yankees. Minor League, yes, but always major in spirit.

[Photo: joshbousel]

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· The Best Minor League Ballparks coverage [Jaunted]

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Best Minor League Ballparks: AutoZone Park

Where: 200 Union Ave. [map], Memphis, TN, United States
April 6, 2007 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)


What's not to love about Minor League Baseball? It's got easier parking, cheaper food, wackier traditions, contests and great deals on last-minute seats. Seats that are close enough to the action that the visiting team can hear your heckling loud and clear. This week, we'll be guiding you around the country to play ball with the stars of tomorrow and the washed up heroes of yesterday on a Bull Durham-style road trip. We've even got the whole thing all mapped out for you.

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The Memphis Redbirds
This relatively new behemoth is the home of the St. Louis Cardinals farm club, the Memphis Redbirds. And last night was the home opener. The home team lost to the Oklahoma Redhawks, it's true, but it could still be a big season for the Redbirds. After all, they're affiliated with last year's World Series victors. (Then again, maybe that isn't such a good thing.)

Post-season or not, the Redbirds should be happy to call AutoZone Park home. One of the largest parks in the minors, it has a major league feel. The concourse that wraps around the diamond has an unobstructed view of the field, so when you're hiking to find a hot dog, you won't have to miss a pitch.

If you scoured the city, you'd probably find some Memphis fans who think the park is a little too major league. And it does have lots of party suites and boxes and other elitist doodads that don't have much to do with playin' ball. But hey, less than $10 for field level seats? Nothing major about that.

Getting There:
AutoZone Park is in downtown Memphis, which means it's surrounded by thousands of parking spots. If you go for a night game, it shouldn't be too hard to find a place. Check our
map
or the official guide to plot your strategy.

Insider's Tip:
You also don't want to miss the cheerleaders. That's right. Baseball cheerleaders--after the jump.

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Best Minor League Ballparks: Cashman Field

Where: 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North [map], Las Vegas, nv, United States, 89101
April 5, 2007 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)


What's not to love about Minor League Baseball? It's got easier parking, cheaper food, wackier traditions, contests and great deals on last-minute seats. Seats that are close enough to the action that the visiting team can hear your heckling loud and clear. This week, we'll be guiding you around the country to play ball with the stars of tomorrow and the washed up heroes of yesterday on a Bull Durham-style road trip. We've even got the whole thing all mapped out for you.

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The Las Vegas 51s

Until today, we've been covering International League teams. But the Pacific Coast League has its share of parks worth visiting. Cashman Field seats fewer than 10,000 fans, which means there's not a bad seat in the house. (You also won't have to battle an ocean of traffic after the game.)

But what about the 51s? A farm team for the Dodgers, 2007 will be the franchise's 25th anniversary year. True, they haven't won a league title since 1988, but maybe the team's silver year will bring back some of that old time juju. Besides, the 51s are also the only minor league team named after a secret government aeronautical proving ground, and that's got to count for something, right?

Getting There:
The park is just off North Las Vegas Blvd., a quick jaunt from The Strip. Since it's in Vegas, there's a plethora of parking around the field--it shouldn't cost more than a few bucks.

Insider's Tip:
First off, can we just say that "Cashman" is the ultimate name for a Vegas ballpark? Don't miss the mascot, Cosmo, who looks almost as dopey as Jar Jar Binks. You'll also want to be on the lookout for guest batboys--we dug up a video of one unlucky soul. Find it after the jump.

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Best Minor League Ballparks: Fifth Third Field

Where: 406 Washington St. [map], Toledo, OH, United States, 43604
April 4, 2007 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)


What's not to love about Minor League Baseball? It's got easier parking, cheaper food, wackier traditions, contests and great deals on last-minute seats. Seats that are close enough to the action that the visiting team can hear your heckling loud and clear. This week, we'll be guiding you around the country to play ball with the stars of tomorrow and the washed up heroes of yesterday on a Bull Durham-style road trip. We've even got the whole thing all mapped out for you.

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Toledo Mud Hens
We wouldn't be doing the Minors any justice if we didn't talk about the Toledo Mud Hens. Last September, the Detroit Tigers affiliate put an exclamation point on the season, beating the Rochester Red Wings 10-1 to win the Governors' Cup for the second straight year. (Hey, at least the Triple A team can win championships.)

Fifth Third Field is ground zero for Mud Hens fans. (Before you ask: It's named after a local bank.) The team is one of the oldest in the Minors, with history going back to 1883. It was also a fave of Max Klinger, if you're old enough to know who that is. The Mud Hens kick things off this year on the road, but the home opener is Friday the 13th. Good luck on that playoff run!

Getting There:
Fifth Third Field is another downtown park, surrounded by plenty of parking. You'll probably drop a couple singles unless you find a space on the street. Our map has the satellite view, or check out this JPG from the Mud Hens to get a better idea of the situation.

Insider's Tip:
You might be tempted to try the Fowl Balls at the park's Triple Play Grill, until you realize you don't like chicken that comes in ball form. (At least it's not mud hen meat.) Also, the Mud Hens stick it to Belle, with their own diva: Muddonna. After the jump, don't miss the Hang on Sloopy sing-along: The track is Ohio's state song!

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Best Minor League Ballparks: Frontier Field

Where: 1 Morrie Silver Way [map], Rochester, NY, United States, 14608
April 3, 2007 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)


What's not to love about Minor League Baseball? It's got easier parking, cheaper food, wackier traditions, contests and great deals on last-minute seats. Seats that are close enough to the action that the visiting team can hear your heckling loud and clear. This week, we'll be guiding you around the country to play ball with the stars of tomorrow and the washed up heroes of yesterday on a Bull Durham-style road trip. We've even got the whole thing all mapped out for you.

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Rochester Red Wings
As long as we're talking about upstate New York teams, we should mention the Minnesota Twins affiliate Red Wings. We've been to a few games at Frontier Field--we thought they were pretty average. But one Jaunted tipster obviously had more fun than we did:

For a friend's bachelor party we reserved a hot tub in right field just behind the outfield fence our group of 10 guys. We had our own private outdoor area complete with chairs, picnic table and hot tub big enough for 6 people. We shared exclusive access to the entire area spanning around the outfield with another group allowing us to scoop up or catch home run balls. Our group scooped up 2 of those homeruns. The stadium sells local food favorites like garbage plates. They also had locally made beer--like blueberry ale from Rohrbach--let us enjoy cold beers in the hot tub. The reservation included  our own private EMT watching over us throughout the game as a precaution/ possible stadium requirement.
Continue reading and see the Accordion Man...

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Best Minor League Ballparks: Dunn Tire Park

Where: 275 Washington Street [map], Buffalo, NY, United States
April 2, 2007 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)


What's not to love about Minor League Baseball? It's got easier parking, cheaper food, wackier traditions, contests and great deals on last-minute seats. Seats that are close enough to the action that the visiting team can hear your heckling loud and clear. This week, we'll be guiding you around the country to play ball with the stars of tomorrow and the washed up heroes of yesterday on a Bull Durham-style road trip. We've even got the whole thing all mapped out for you.

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Buffalo Bisons
Though the major league season started last night, the Triple-A International League kicks things off when the Buffalo Bisons host the Richmond Braves on April 5. The priciest tickets for the day game at Dunn Tire Park are only $10. The stadium holds more than 18,000, making it one of the biggest in the minors. (Bonus for architecture nerds: it was designed by HOK, the same folks who brought you AT&T Park and PNC Park.)

Getting There:
The ballpark is right downtown, off I-190. Parking around the stadium is plentiful. Scope the lots on our map.

Insider's Tip:
We shouldn't even have to suggest this, but you'll obviously want to get some Buffalo wings while you're at the game. You also don't want to miss Belle the Ballpark Diva. Think we are joking? Click here and scroll down to check out the Belle Ballpark Diva video and just try not to be singing "100% girl" for the rest of the day.

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