Down on the Farm

Author, historian, photographer, and baseball lover Ari Kaufman takes you with him on his journeys to beautiful Minor League ballparks throughout America.

Down on the Farm: Rox near the river

Joe Faber Field

Perched on both sides of America’s longest river, one finds the thriving city of St. Cloud, Minn. And from early June to mid-August since 1998, grateful fans of all ages have been entertained at Joe Faber Field.

Down on the Farm: Nothing “standard” on Chicago’s South Side

Standard Bank Stadium

If you’re going to watch Independent league baseball in person, a 10:30 a.m. weekday start and temperatures hovering around 70 degrees with a breeze is hard to beat — even along the mean streets of the South Side of Chicago.

Down on the Farm: Pride of a Prospering Region

Arvest Ballpark

With nearly a half-million residents, Northwest Arkansas is one of the fastest growing regions in America. And when the Wichita Wranglers chose to move southeast following the 2007 Texas League season, Springdale, Ark., was pleased to be named the Kansas City Royals new Double-A affiliate. Arvest Ballpark responded in its debut season by being chosen Ballpark of the Year.

Down on the Farm: Logging Some Quality Time

Copeland Park

Situated among lush hills on the eastern bank of America’s longest river, one finds the charming city of La Crosse, Wisc. And from early June to mid-August since 2003, the La Crosse Loggers have entertained grateful fans of all ages.

Down on the Farm: Kansas City’s Other Baseball Option

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This serves as the eighth post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.)

Down on the Farm: Tremendous times in Tulsa

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This serves as the seventh post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) After five days of ballparks and thousands of miles, it’s possible we saved the best stadium for last. Following 10 twisty, […]

Down on the Farm: Deep in Dixie

Trustman Park

This serves as the sixth post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (Prior editions can be accessed here.) Whereas recent reviews focused on the Texas League’s ballparks in large, prosperous Heartland cities with big attendance numbers, we also journeyed to Jackson, […]

Down on the Farm: Loving Little Rock

Dickey-Stephen Park

This serves as the fifth post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) The Arkansas River, our nation’s sixth longest at nearly 1,500 miles, separates Little Rock from North Little Rock. And whereas […]

Down On the Farm: Continuing through Cardinal Country

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This serves as the fourth post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) Just a few days before visiting the Cardinals Triple-A affiliate in Memphis, I was in the Queen City of […]

Down On the Farm: Memorable Memphis

Auto Zone Park

This serves as the third post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) Memphis sits fewer than 300 miles down the Mississippi from St. Louis and might as well be its baseball sister city. […]

Down on the Farm: May Day on the Bay

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This serves as the second post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) It’s hard to fathom that the beautiful city of Corpus Christi, Texas didn’t have professional baseball until the past decade. But […]

Down On the Farm, Season 3: On the Banks of the Mighty Miss

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This serves as the first post in my third season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various minor league parks throughout the 2013 campaign. (The entire 2011 and 2012 editions can be accessed here.)

Down on the Farm: Rebuilding Effort Shows in Schaumburg

Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, Ill.

In the final days of the Minor and Independent League seasons, AJ spent a pleasant evening with the Frontier League’s Schaumburg Boomers in suburban Chicago.

Down on the Farm: Summertime in the Alamo City at Nelson Wolff Stadium

AJ Alamo, May 2011

During the dog days of August, AJ took in some Double-A baseball at Nelson Wolff Stadium on a scorching Monday night in South Texas.

Down on the Farm: Omaha Storm Chasers, Indianapolis Indians Having Success on the Midwest Farm

Omaha clinches division, Aug. 18.

While my favorite Major League Baseball team has been — and continues to be — an embarrassment the past month, this morning seemed a good time for a quick shout-out to the success of the two Triple-A teams I support.