Jukka Ropponen, president of the Finnish Baseball and Softball Federation, is on a mission to grow the game in his home country. Last week he and head coach Tero Honkanen visited Triple-A Rochester to learn about all aspects of the club's operation.
The Minor League Ballpark Guide, an ongoing project, provides in-depth explorations of active Minor League facilities. Learn about unique features, standout concession items, team history, things to do (and eat) in the surrounding area and more. Use them as a resource to plan your own ballpark road trip.
Each week, Ben joins Show Before the Show hosts Sam Dykstra and Tyler Maun for his "Ben's Banter" segment. He talks about his recent work -- covering everything from road trips to rebrandings -- and occasionally interviews guests of his own. No matter the topic, the banter is always informative and lively.
Ben has celiac disease. At every ballpark he visits, he recruits a designated eater to consume the stadium cuisine his gluten-free diet prohbits. Take a look back through his travels in the Minors and learn about the delicious, the spicy, the sweet and the bizarre ballpark snacks and the brave fans who volunteered to consume them on Ben's behalf.
High-A club, formerly the Snappers, adopts nonmigratory identity
Welcome to Greensboro's First National Bank Field, a central North Carolina locale with city skyline views. The ballpark is home to the Grasshoppers, but adorable bat dogs have long had a presence as well.
They came, they saw, they chowed down: Designated Eaters tell all