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Fenway
08-07-2007, 02:54 PM
so many choices......but here are 3 of my favorites

Hadlock Field Portland, Maine
http://soxprospects.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/hadlock_clip_image002.jpg
Views from the U.S. Cellular Pavilion Seats (http://seadogs.com/snipegallery/index.php?cat_id=173&action=images)


McCoy Stadium Pawtucket, Rhode Island
http://www.ballparkreviews.com/pawt/pawt3.jpg

and my favorite

LeLacheur Park Lowell, MA
http://www.redsoxconnection.com/minors/lowell.jpg

102605
08-07-2007, 03:07 PM
I'm a fan of Tucson Electric Park

http://images.kodakgallery.com/servlet/Images/1598354535/photos3106/2/56/2/57/25/5/525570256206_0_BG.jpg

http://images.kodakgallery.com/servlet/Images/956034340/photos3106/2/56/2/88/74/5/574880256206_0_BG.jpg

ode to veeck
08-07-2007, 03:17 PM
Bee Field, New Britain, CT, where I used to watch Glen Falls AA Sox outfielder Kenny Williams tear up the AA Wrong Sox

DSpivack
08-07-2007, 03:18 PM
Fen: Are those all Red Sox affiliates? :tongue:

TomBradley72
08-07-2007, 03:28 PM
Toledo Mud Hens ballpark is awesome, as is the Indianapolis ballpark. Quad City Swing park is kind of cool....right under a bridge that spans the Mississippi.

JohnTucker0814
08-07-2007, 03:33 PM
Here are some pictures of beautiful John O'Donnell Stadium in Davenport. This was renovated a few years back and the setting is awesome. Right on the Mississippi.

Fenway
08-07-2007, 03:38 PM
Fen: Are those all Red Sox affiliates? :tongue:

well yes but

Boston has tried to move as many minor league teams as possible within 2 hours of Boston.

rdivaldi
08-07-2007, 03:45 PM
I've heard people say nice things about one in Chicago on the corner of Clark and Addison. Anyone ever been there?

oeo
08-07-2007, 04:34 PM
Victory Field in Indy is very nice.

soxfan43
08-07-2007, 04:36 PM
I've only been to a couple, but the one in Dayton, OH is pretty solid(Fifth Third Field). It's the Reds single A team. It's relatively new and is located right in the middle of beautiful downtown Dayton. We used to goto games all the time in college, good times. I visited the Charlotte Knights stadium, which was nothing special. Not terrible, but it really didn't do much for me. However, I did see Hideo Nomo strike out Hee Sop Choi, who fell over while swinging. Also, there was a group of Knights fan booing the crap out of Willie Harris, who was playing for Boston's AAA team in 2006. He was just a few months removed from scoring the winning run in houston, so I don't know why those clowns were booing him.

HawkDJ
08-07-2007, 05:20 PM
I've only been to a couple, but the one in Dayton, OH is pretty solid(Fifth Third Field). It's the Reds single A team. It's relatively new and is located right in the middle of beautiful downtown Dayton. We used to goto games all the time in college, good times. I visited the Charlotte Knights stadium, which was nothing special. Not terrible, but it really didn't do much for me. However, I did see Hideo Nomo strike out Hee Sop Choi, who fell over while swinging. Also, there was a group of Knights fan booing the crap out of Willie Harris, who was playing for Boston's AAA team in 2006. He was just a few months removed from scoring the winning run in houston, so I don't know why those clowns were booing him.

I was at the same series. Also not too blown away by the stadium. My favorite by default is Durham Bulls Athletic Park. A poor man's Camden Yards I say.

DSpivack
08-07-2007, 06:00 PM
Never seen a game at either place, but have driven by stadiums in Louisville and Chattanooga several times. Both look nice.

Taliesinrk
08-07-2007, 06:25 PM
So I've heard Victory Field in Indy is unsurpassed, but I've never been.

For my money, I have never been to a park nicer than that in Dayton. Fifth/Third Field is the home of the Dayton Dragons, and is awesome.

Also, Ft. Wayne is building a brand new downtown park (from what I've heard modeled after Dayton's) and it's supposed to be very nice.

FedEx227
08-10-2007, 11:46 AM
http://imaps.indygov.org/ed_portal/images/why/victory_field2.jpg
Victory Field - Indianapolis, IN

http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/batsnightfall.jpg
Louisville Slugger Field - Louisville, KY

MDF3530
08-10-2007, 12:01 PM
Never been there but take a look at Telus Field in Edmonton, Alberta.

http://www.digitalballparks.com/Pacific/Telus_-_Behind_The_Net_640T.jpg

Malgar 12
08-10-2007, 12:12 PM
The new park in State College is amazing, especially for A ball.

http://statecollegespikes.com.ismmedia.com/ISM2/NewRendering.jpg

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/images/2006/06/20/8FN6GuSs.jpg

Fenway
08-10-2007, 12:22 PM
I love Damaschke Field in Oneonta, New York

Cooperstown in the next town over.

Oneonta, Batavia and Jamestown are still relics in the NY-Penn league. The other extreme is Brooklyn.








http://www.ballparkwatch.com/images/oneonta/DSCF0011.JPG
Brooklyn
http://msnbcmedia2.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/060718/0607188_minorleague_vlg_10a.widec.jpg

Staten Island has the NY Skyline in the background
http://www.indiana.edu/~bcec/Pictures2004/nyc2004_27.jpg

soxfanatlanta
08-10-2007, 12:37 PM
Had a great time at Coastal Federal Field in Myrtle Beach (class A for Braves). They just opened up a new playground for toddlers to play so dads can stay at the game later then normal.

https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/TRImages/Myrtle%20Beach%20Coastal%20Fed%20Field.jpg

http://mysite.verizon.net/charliesballparks/stadiums/ph/myrtle3.jpg

http://images.kodakgallery.com/photos3243/4/9/50/49/37/2/237495009403_0_ALB.jpg

MeteorsSox4367
08-10-2007, 01:25 PM
My favorite is AutoZone in downtown Memphis. Beautiful park, nice people, cool gift shop. The only knock is that Memphis in the summer is sweatier than hell.

I also liked Rosenblatt in Omaha, although I was there for the CWS and not for a Royals game. Huntsville was OK and the Birmingham Barons' park is good as well.

My least favorite is Greer Stadium in Nashville. There was no atmosphere and the park is just awful.

O'Donnell is cool with the views of the Mississippi River just beyond right field.

WS in 05
08-10-2007, 03:10 PM
http://imaps.indygov.org/ed_portal/images/why/victory_field2.jpg
Victory Field - Indianapolis, IN



First thought that comes to mind for some reason is down scale jacobs field

Frater Perdurabo
08-10-2007, 04:55 PM
I know the team is in an independent, non-affiliated league, but Silver Cross Field in Joliet is great. I love the firehouse out beyond left field, and the train tracks just a block away.

South Side Irish
08-10-2007, 07:11 PM
I know the team is in an independent, non-affiliated league, but Silver Cross Field in Joliet is great. I love the firehouse out beyond left field, and the train tracks just a block away.

I was just going to post that. Fantastic Stadium! The DBAP (Durham Bulls Athletic Park) is very nice, espcially with all the attempted regentrification in the surrounding neighborhood and tobacco warehouses. Very neat atmosphere, and usually good teams. I also think that the Norfolk Tides Stadium (name escapes me) is pretty cool.

Brian26
08-10-2007, 10:10 PM
Boston has tried to move as many minor league teams as possible within 2 hours of Boston.

Which is awesome marketing on their part. I've always thought if there was any way possible the Sox could pull off having one of their minor league teams closer to home, it would be a huge hit.

kba
08-10-2007, 10:14 PM
Durham Bulls Athletic Park:
http://mysite.verizon.net/charliesballparks/stadiums/ph/dbap4.jpg

http://mysite.verizon.net/charliesballparks/stadiums/ph/dbap6.jpg

http://mysite.verizon.net/charliesballparks/stadiums/ph/dbap7.jpg

Fenway
08-10-2007, 11:01 PM
Which is awesome marketing on their part. I've always thought if there was any way possible the Sox could pull off having one of their minor league teams closer to home, it would be a huge hit.

Lowell 25 miles, Pawtucket 40 and Portland 100. There is no excuse for the WS not to be in the Midwest League. Kane County should be a Sox team not Oakland.

Viva Medias B's
08-10-2007, 11:36 PM
I'd give a nod to Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium where the Omaha Royals play. I was not there for a Royals game but the championship game of the 2000 College World Series between Stanford and LSU. I thought Rosenblatt was a great ballpark perfect for Mid America.

DSpivack
08-11-2007, 01:10 AM
Lowell 25 miles, Pawtucket 40 and Portland 100. There is no excuse for the WS not to be in the Midwest League. Kane County should be a Sox team not Oakland.

If they can't locate all their teams in the midwest, I think the next best thing is to have them all in the same region--it makes sense to me than just having one A team in the Chicago area.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park:




http://mysite.verizon.net/charliesballparks/stadiums/ph/dbap7.jpg

"Hit Grass, Win Salad"? :redneck

That wasn't from the movie, was it? (I know the steak part is).

whitesoxwilkes
08-11-2007, 07:26 AM
I love Damaschke Field in Oneonta, New York

Cooperstown in the next town over.

Oneonta, Batavia and Jamestown are still relics in the NY-Penn league. The other extreme is Brooklyn.



I still can't forgive Batavia for changing their name from the Clippers to the Muckdogs.

kba
08-11-2007, 09:09 AM
"Hit Grass, Win Salad"? :redneck

That wasn't from the movie, was it? (I know the steak part is).

No, they added that when they moved to the new ballpark. The original bull from the old park (where the movie was filmed) hangs on one of the concourse walls.

Max Power
08-11-2007, 01:54 PM
I love Damaschke Field in Oneonta, New York

Cooperstown in the next town over.

Oneonta, Batavia and Jamestown are still relics in the NY-Penn league. The other extreme is Brooklyn.



I attended lots of Watertown Pirates (later Indians) games in the late 80's/90's when I would visit my grandparents out there. They played in one of the relics of the NY-Penn League, Duffy Fairgrounds. It was basically an ancient grandstand and some bleachers down the lines. I only went to 1-2 Sox/Cubs games a year back in those days so I really learned the game of baseball attending games in Watertown. That could be us in the picture below... except Grandpa rarely sprung for grandstand seats.


http://www.frontiernet.net/%7Erochballparks/watertown/89wtn_field.jpg

ViPeRx007
08-11-2007, 03:36 PM
This is Cobb Field, home to the Billings Mustangs, my hometown team. They are the Reds Rookie League affiliate. It's an old, old stadium but the experience is hard to match. They are building a new stadium, set to open for next season, so I'm sure we're going to lose some of that classic baseball feel. It's tough to beat that backdrop though!

http://www.ballparkreviews.com/billings/billings3.jpg

http://mysite.verizon.net/charliesballparks/stadiums/ph/billngs1.jpg

http://mysite.verizon.net/charliesballparks/stadiums/ph/billngs3.jpg

Frater Perdurabo
08-11-2007, 04:02 PM
If they can't locate all their teams in the midwest, I think the next best thing is to have them all in the same region--it makes sense to me than just having one A team in the Chicago area.

I too think it makes sense to cluster the minor league teams if it's impossible to put them all near Chicago. So what explains Great Falls? :tongue:

sbsox
08-11-2007, 04:17 PM
The White Sox had a class A team in South Bend from 88-96. Does anyone remember why they moved out in 96? When I moved to to SB in 97 they were a Diamondbacks affiliate.

DSpivack
08-11-2007, 04:58 PM
I too think it makes sense to cluster the minor league teams if it's impossible to put them all near Chicago. So what explains Great Falls? :tongue:


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