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Stripers seal victory -- with a successful ABS challenge

Gwinnett had a ball call reserved to strike three for the final out
@JoshJacksonMiLB
April 6, 2024

Grant Holmes hooked the breaking ball into the corner of the strike zone. The umpire didn’t think so. Sandy León, Holmes’ catcher with Triple-A Gwinnett, had faith. León used an Automated Ball-Strike (ABS) challenge, which showed the curveball touching the zone on the upper-outside edge. With a technological assist on

Will 2024 be the tastiest season of all-time?

Here are eight new concession items that make the case
@JoshJacksonMiLB
April 2, 2024

Baseball develops some of its best elements in the Minor Leagues, from the talent of players, to ballpark promotions to rule changes. That also extends to food. Of course, you can get all your favorites -- Cracker Jacks, hot dogs, cotton candy, beer, cola and all the rest -- at

Check out these MiLB promos that celebrate women in sports

@JoshJacksonMiLB
March 12, 2024

Innovation and family-friendliness have long been hallmarks of Minor League Baseball, so it only makes sense that Minors teams are continually seeking ways to make their ballparks more welcoming -- and more fun -- for girls and women. More and more Minor League teams are finding creative ways to celebrate

Black Barons made Rickwood hallowed ground

Double-A Birmingham will face Montgomery at historic venue
@JoshJacksonMiLB
February 22, 2024

When the Double-A Birmingham Barons host the Montgomery Biscuits on June 18 at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field, and when the Giants face the Cardinals there on Juneteenth, the games will be played on hallowed ground. Rickwood Field was originally the home of two franchises. Opened in 1910, it was built for

The quirkiest mascots from across the Minors

Exploring the most unique characters from each MLB farm system
@JoshJacksonMiLB and @BensBiz
December 24, 2023

Standing out in the Minor Leagues requires talent, commitment and persistence. If you've got none of those things, a ridiculous costume might do. The world of the Minors is filled with all kinds of characters -- from prospects making pro debuts to rehabbing Major League veterans -- but perhaps none

Take a walk -- or ride -- in the park with these teams

Great footpaths, bike trails abound at Minor League destinations
@JoshJacksonMiLB
December 12, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guide series opens the door to great baseball road trips and vacations all over the United States (and in one Canadian city), and once you've gone through that door, we're here to help you explore the great Minors cities and towns you'll find outside of it.

Plan a New England road trip with Ballpark Guides

Stop by Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rockies affiliates on unique sojourn
@JoshJacksonMiLB
December 7, 2023

It's a region made up of six cold-weather states, yet New England is rich with opportunities for the wayfaring baseball fan. No California, Texas nor Florida, it doesn't offer its youth year-round organized play, and it doesn't produce a great deal of Major League talent. But with its status as

Hold up! Minors has long history of strange delays

Halts caused by everything from umpire cravings to freak foul balls
@JoshJacksonMiLB
November 27, 2023

Come out to the ballpark on any given day, and there’s no telling what you might see. Or might not see. For instance, a baseball game played as scheduled from start to finish. Nobody hopes for a delay, but the possibility does add a certain spontaneity. And is there any

Im-possum-bly cute mascot raids college football

Double-A Arkansas' mascot, Otey, hits the road to bring furry cheer
@JoshJacksonMiLB
November 18, 2023

If this is what playing possum looks like, it's not going to fool anybody. Appearing very much alive, the mascot of the Minor League Arkansas Travelers -- a swamp possum who goes by the name Otey -- basked in the Saturday night lights of Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas,

Smell familiar? Skunk once again interrupts Baysox-Senators game

@JoshJacksonMiLB
September 13, 2023

Something is in the air when these two teams meet. For the second time this season, a skunk has interrupted play between the Double-A Bowie Baysox (Orioles) and Harrisburg Senators (Nationals). In the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday night at Harrisburg’s FNB Field, a black-and-white striped critter appeared

Giants honor life of Minors devotee Lampe

Longtime California League historian remembered in San Jose
@JoshJacksonMiLB
August 28, 2023

There are a lot of ways to love baseball. Chris Lampe practiced just about all of them. A passionate fan since he was a kid, he grew up to become part-owner of a Minor League team, then a front office employee and the California League’s official historian -- all on

Skenes stays nearly spotless through 3 MiLB starts

This year's top Draft pick throws two hitless frames for Bradenton
@JoshJacksonMiLB
August 20, 2023

If you've been waiting to see a professional lineup figure out the Pirates' Paul Skenes, you'll have to keep waiting. MLB's No. 3 prospect struck out a pair over two no-hit frames in his second start for the Single-A Bradenton Marauders, a 6-0 loss to Lakeland, on Sunday. The top

Rome announces name change for 2024 season

High-A affiliate of the Braves welcomes fan ideas on new moniker
@JoshJacksonMiLB
August 14, 2023

A new era will begin for Rome in 2024. The Rome Braves, Atlanta's High-A affiliate, announced last week that the team will play with a new name next year. The club is soliciting input from fans in coming up with a new moniker, with a submissions process open through Friday.

Captain Potato Friend seizes Jacksonville

The eyes have it with 'Table of Parts' in tuber-themed night
@JoshJacksonMiLB
July 24, 2023

For those who experienced the phenomenon, one weekend in July 2023 will forever be remembered as the time a popular children's toy from the 1950s stormed the culture all over again, sweeping into the lives of fans of all ages in an adaptation of the classic that was at once

Sea Dogs sweeten up to record as Whoopie Pies

Portland takes the cake with 2,129 baked goods in a 665-foot line
@JoshJacksonMiLB
June 10, 2023

What a lot of whoopie. On Friday night, the Portland Sea Dogs had their cake and ate it, too. The Double-A affiliate of the Red Sox suited up as their original alternate identity -- the Maine Whoopie Pies -- and also set out to earn a spot in the Guinness

How long can a bat dog wait out a sausage race?

Willie Mae Mays races onto the field to claim the day in Greensboro
@JoshJacksonMiLB
April 30, 2023

Like her namesake, Willie Mae Mays can cover a lot of ground. High-A Greensboro's bat dog is a good girl and generally reliable member of the gameday staff. In the middle of the third inning of Saturday's nightcap against visiting Rome, though, she'd had all she could stand and she

Here's the best of Red Sox Minor League ballparks 

From the South through New England, Boston farm is fun-filled
@JoshJacksonMiLB
April 24, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some

Here's the best of the Braves' Minor League ballparks 

Travel across the South in a journey through the Atlanta system
@JoshJacksonMiLB
April 17, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some

The year after Jackie, Ritchey integrated PCL

This season marks 75th anniversary of San Diegan's breakthrough
@JoshJacksonMiLB
April 17, 2023

This story originally ran on MiLB.com on Feb. 21, 2018. We are highlighting it again now in honor of the 75th anniversary of John Ritchey breaking the PCL color barrier.

Plan your summer with these Minors road trips

Get started with tours of six baseball-rich regions across the USA
@JoshJacksonMiLB
April 7, 2023

The launch of the complete package of Minor League Ballpark Guides, presented by Wyndham, offers an opportunity to visit 119 of the greatest places on the planet without leaving your desk. But at a certain point, you're going to want to stretch your legs. These guides are liable to provoke

Ghosts of the Minors gets salty with fishy club

IL's Charleston Marlins were deep-sea dwellers in Appalachia
@JoshJacksonMiLB
March 29, 2023

Welcome to the silent edition of Ghosts of the Minors, adapted from the segment from The Show Before the Show Podcast that asks you to identify a historical Minor League team hidden among two phonies. Here, we skip the quiz element and speed headlong into the past for a quick

The best of the Nationals' Minor League ballparks

From Single-A FredNats to Triple-A Red Wings, affiliates full of fun
@JoshJacksonMiLB
March 27, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some games. Here, we

Ghosts of the Minors smell like roses with this club

As in Olde England, baseball had archrivals in Lancaster and York
@JoshJacksonMiLB
March 22, 2023

Welcome to the silent edition of Ghosts of the Minors, adapted from the segment from The Show Before the Show Podcast that asks you to identify a historical Minor League team hidden among two phonies. Here, we skip the quiz element and speed headlong into the past for a quick

The best of the Rockies' Minor League ballparks

From West Coast to New England, Colorado's system full of fun
@JoshJacksonMiLB
March 20, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some games. Here, we

Ghosts of the Minors finds a mark in this gullible club

Aw, shucks! Riverside Rubes were babes of the Sunset League
@JoshJacksonMiLB
March 15, 2023

Welcome to the silent edition of Ghosts of the Minors, adapted from the segment from The Show Before the Show Podcast that asks you to identify a historical Minor League team hidden among two phonies. Here, we skip the quiz element and speed headlong into the past for a quick