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Ain’t Nothin’ Better Than A Planned Escape

The offseason’s vice-like grip is rapidly slackening, and soon we will once again be in the midst of the five-month ultra-marathon that is THE SEASON.

In my case, this means that it’s time to hit the road in order to do some live-and-direct reporting from the Minor League frontlines. I made great strides in this regard last season, enjoying a “Southern Swing” before visiting my “Penn Pals” and then, finally, ending up in the “Heartland” (in addition to myriad other small and not-so-small excursions).

And now it’s time to do it again, to the extent that budget and sanity allow!

I have a few larger-scale excursions planned around newsworthy events, but much remains to be determined. And what I would like at this juncture is your input! Is your Minor League town a must-see destination? If so, why? I’m looking for all the things that make Minor League Baseball great — regional and/or ridiculous concession items, goofy contests, attention-getting promos, charming ballparks, eccentric fans and employees, and so on and so forth.

Another overlapping area in which I’d like your suggestions and invitations revolves around the idea of Doing Ballpark Jobs. I’d like to bring the Minor League experience to life by illuminating the work done by all sorts of stadium denizens — groundskeepers, vendors, food and beverage directors, scorekeepers, clubbies, you name it. And I’m all for serving as an intern for a homestand (or at least a series), so that’s something to consider if you’re a front office decision-maker in search of semi-competent labor of the cheapest kind — free!

My NYC location will of course make it easier to visit Northeast teams, but I am ready and willing to incorporate any kind of story into any kind of trip. So, again, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  No idea is too outlandish, everything is considered.

2011 marks my seventh season with MiLB.com and fourth writing this blog. To the extent I’ve had any success, it’s because of the enthusiastic responses I’ve received from those who work in the industry as well as committed Minor League fans.  I intend for this ongoing dialogue to only keep growing, and am greatly looking forward to another season of non-stop innovations, oddities, absurdities, and gastronomical monstrosities. My writing can only ever be as good as what I have to write about, so thanks for the material thus far and keep it coming, keep it coming, keep it coming.

And tell me why I need to visit your town! In all likelihood, I want to go to there.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com

twitter.com/bensbiz

I’ll be back soon with the usual array of Minor League news and notes. Rumor has it that another gigantic hamburger was unleashed upon the world Tuesday morning…

And So It Begins

Opening Day is upon us! In the following clip, I am agent Dale Cooper, and the Giant is a personification of baseball season: 

MiLB.com is chock full of Opening Day content, including an around-the-minors guide, a special edition of Road Trip, and, of course, the debut edition of Promotion Preview.

But most importantly for this discussion, the start of the season means that this here blog willmilbtee.jpg go into overdrive. I’ll be doing my best to present entertaining and edifying posts on all aspects of the “bizness”, with a special emphasis on promotions. And of course, I need your help.

Get In Touch:

Here are a few of the many reasons to send me an email:

1.) You work for a team, and are in possession of entertaining photos and/or videos from a recently staged promotion.

2). You work for a team, and would like to share info on an upcoming notable event.

3). You are a fan, and would like to share you impressions of a recent Minor League game experience (photos and video always welcome).

4). You are a literary agent, intrigued by my growing mastery of an over-looked yet deeply entertaining niche subject.

I would also like to take the opportunity to mention that Crooked Numbers, my monthly compendium of odd on-field occurrences, will be returning in 2010. For this column to be all it can be, I need broadcasters, media relations directors, and attentive fans to alert me to any weird, wacky, and thoroughly improbable events you may have witnessed.

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As always, it is my goal to personally witness as much Minor League Baseball as I possibly can. Sometimes my on-site reports will be officially sanctioned work trips, others will be spontaneous and self-financed. I would truly like to visit your ballpark, and will do my best to accept any all invitations. Again, get in touch.  

I am grateful that this blog has been able to accumulate a loyal following, and that the number of daily visitors continue to increase. Here’s to a great 2010, and in case I didn’t mention it before: Get In Touch!

benjamin.hill@mlb.com
twitter.com/bensbiz

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