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Fifth Third fire brings back memories of past ballpark blazes

Ballpark fires are extreme rare these days, but at one time were a major threat to baseball operations. Jesse Goldberg-Strassler looks at how ballpark design changed because of fire awareness. On January 3, a fire significantly damaged Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Midwest League’s West Michigan Whitecaps. Thankfully, no one was injured.  Photographs of […]

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Touring Rickwood Field

Yeah, we know we’re a few weeks out of the Rickwood Classic, but you can still see what makes Birmingham’s Rickwood Field so awesome in videos from Tennessee Smokies (Class AA; Southern League) broadcaster Mick Gillispie. We’ve attended the Rickwood Classic in the past and had a ball, so we’d highly recommend the event for […]

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Lake Monsters unveil 2013 Centennial Field renovations

The Vermont Lake Monsters (short season; NY-Penn League) unveiled upgrades to the University of Vermont’s historic Centennial Field that include permanent seating in the grandstand areas along with new field-level seating, dugouts and bullpens. Centennial Field is the oldest venue in affiliated baseball, a truly historic ballpark. The site has been home to baseball since […]

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RailRiders: We’ve already exceeded 2011 ticket sales

Nice milestone: the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League) have already exceeded 2011’s number of tickets sold, with over 300,000 ducats purchased for PNC Field’s inaugural season. “This is a solid first step for our team and demonstrates our community’s interest in restoring our baseball games to the top of the list for fun, affordable […]

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