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Ben's Biz: Loons ready to 'party in slow motion'

Great Lakes will take on Pontooners identity for three games
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March 1, 2024

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Winston-Salem unveils alternate identity

White Sox High-A affiliate wants you to meet the Beetles
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February 27, 2024

Tobacco Beetles, the Winston-Salem Dash’s new alternate identity, pays tribute to one of the region’s most notorious pests. Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em. The Dash, the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, are one of Minor League Baseball’s longest continuously operating teams. The franchise was established in 1945

Triple-A Jacksonville celebrates public domain

Marlins' affiliate Jumbo Shrimp set to host theme night free-for-all
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February 23, 2024

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Bowling Green reveals Cavemen identity

Rays High-A affiliate pays tribute to natural wonders of Kentucky
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February 16, 2024

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Father of Niners' QB had a Purdy good MiLB career

Brock's dad, Shawn, pitched eight seasons in the Minor Leagues
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February 9, 2024

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Claxton created an accidental legacy

Canadian pitcher was first black man on a baseball card
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February 6, 2024

This article was first published on Feb. 22, 2010.

From the Minor Leagues to the Super Bowl

A look at big game participants with professional baseball roots
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February 4, 2024

The first Super Bowl took place on Jan. 15, 1967, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers won the Super Bowl again the following season, this time over the Oakland Raiders. Tom Brown was a member of both those Packers teams, as well the 1965

A salute to five International League heroes

Razor, Corky, The King and more who became Triple-A legends
@BensBiz
February 2, 2024

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Shuckers celebrating Mardi Gras as King Cakes

Brewers' Double-A affiliate unveils its first alternate identity
@BensBiz
January 31, 2024

Carnival season is in full swing and Mardi Gras is imminent. On Wednesday evening the Biloxi Shuckers joined their region's ongoing celebrations by parading out a new alternate identity: the King Cakes. King cakes are a carnival season staple, traditionally consumed in the approximately five-week period between King's Day (hence

Serving up Minors' tastiest alternate identities

A deliciously appetizing look at the best food-centric nicknames
@BensBiz
January 28, 2024

Over the last decade, Minor League Baseball teams across the nation have made it a habit to temporarily change their name to one that pays homage to a regionally beloved delicacy. When considered as a whole, this array of food-based identities makes a smorgasbord too rich and marvelous for a

Plan a trip to see MiLB's newest ballparks

Three years ago six new Minor League ballparks debuted
@BensBiz
January 26, 2024

Several Minor League ballparks are currently under construction, and even more are in the planning stages. Nonetheless, 2024 will mark the third straight season in which no new facilities open their doors. But lest we forget: A mere three years ago, a whopping six Minor League ballparks debuted for the

Order up! Somerset unveils new Jersey Diners look

Patriots toast to state's beloved eateries with alternate identity
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January 23, 2024

Rise and shine. On Tuesday morning, the Somerset Patriots visited a New Jersey diner to announce that they're serving up a new alternate identity as The Jersey Diners. New Jersey -- the Diner Capital of the World -- is home to over 500 diners, more than any other state. The

Ben's Biz: Knights host outdoor AHL game

Truist Field plays host to an American Hockey League matchup
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January 19, 2024

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Ben's Biz: Minor League goals and resolutions

From enjoying a favorite hot dog to exploring a new MiLB road trip
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January 12, 2024

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M-Braves announce move to Columbus, Georgia 

Atlanta's Double-A affiliate will leave Mississippi after 2024 season
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January 10, 2024

The Mississippi Braves, Atlanta’s Double-A affiliate, announced Tuesday that they will relocate to Columbus, Ga., following the 2024 season. The Southern League franchise, commonly referred to as the M-Braves, have played at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss., since 2005. Previously owned by the Atlanta Braves, the M-Braves were purchased by

Spring-loaded: The best Minors bobbleheads of '23

From RUSH to the Ryan Express, nod along with these giveaways
@BensBiz
January 6, 2024

It doesn't matter that we're currently in the depths of winter. When it comes to bobbleheads, it's always spring time. Sunday, Jan. 7, is National Bobblehead Day, and what better occasion could there be for a look back at the best Minor League Baseball bobblehead giveaways of the 2023 season?

Ben's Biz: Fans' favorite '23 MiLB memories

Readers weigh in with their Minor League Baseball highlights
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January 5, 2024

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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

Ben's Biz: 10 highlights from 2023 season

Ben reflects back on his favorite things from the year that was
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December 22, 2023

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See the ol' ballgame in a new way at these parks

These six Minor League teams offer up different sights and sounds
@BensBiz
December 20, 2023

Looking for a respite from the sameness of the seat and the banality of the berm? Then consider visiting these six Minor League ballparks. You can watch the game from a unique and memorable location at each one. - Ballpark Guides Presented by Wyndham for EVERY Minor League team -

Minor League ballparks light up for holidays

Ben's Biz explores how six MiLB clubs are decking the halls
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December 15, 2023

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE. At Minor League ballparks all over the country, peanuts and Cracker Jack have

47 years and counting: Schnacke reflects on career with Clippers

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December 11, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In November 1976, the same month Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States, Ken Schnacke was hired by the Columbus Clippers. Forty-seven years -- and seven U.S. presidents -- later, Schnacke is still working for the Clippers. He sums up his career thusly: “I was

Ben's Biz eats: From Tennessee to Ohio

Nashville, Bowling Green, Louisville, Indianapolis and Columbus
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December 8, 2023

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Naturally, Northwest Arkansas finds fresh look

Royals Double-A club celebrates nature, community through design
@BensBiz
December 6, 2023

Call it a Natural progression: On Wednesday afternoon, the Minor League Baseball team in Springdale, Ark., unveiled new logos and uniforms. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, are named for the natural beauty of the region in which they compete. The Texas League franchise,

Ben's Biz eats: Best of NY and PA

Most delightful Empire eats and Keystone concessions
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December 1, 2023

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