Add Busch Stadium to the list of Major League Baseball ballparks hosting Minor League Baseball games this season, as the St. Louis Cardinals’ Midwest League affiliate — the Quad Cities River Bandits — will host the Kane County Cougars, the newest Kansas City Royals affiliate.
The game is tentatively scheduled for May 26.
We’re seeing many MLB ballparks hosting Minor League ball, many with good attendance. Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Miller Park have all notably hosted minor-league games. For instance, Fenway Park hosts Futures at Fenway, featuring its Double-A affiliate Portland Sea Dogs and Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox. This year’s doubleheader is set for Aug. 20.
“We are happy to have a strong relationship with the Cardinals,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “This is going to be an exciting night for our fans, our staff and perhaps most of all our players. This is a rare occasion that these guys can play in a big league stadium before reaching the Major Leagues.”
“The Cardinals have a huge contingent of fans loyal to the organization and follow the prospects through the entire minor league system,” sand River Bandits general manager Kirk Goodman. “This is going to be a great opportunity for some of the best fans in baseball to see many of their promising young prospects in person before they reach St. Louis at the major league level. We also hope to see Bandits fans from the Quad Cities for this unique opportunity to see their hometown team on a major league stage.”
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