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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

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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…

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