Down on the Farm: Battle of the Sioux (at the Falls)

With the Independent and Minor League Baseball regular seasons a month from closing, and the Northwoods League schedule roughly a week away from conclusion, we’ve hit the proverbial dog days of baseball across the Heartland. Few locales was this more evident than a steamy night in eastern South Dakota when two last place teams separated by just 85 miles did battle.

Down on the Farm: Montgomery Exudes Southern Charm

I enjoyed my May visit to Birmingham’s Regions Field so much that upon a July return to Alabama, I headed 90 miles south to check out Southern League rival Montgomery’s yard. Capitalizing on unseasonably pleasant weather with temps in the low 80s didn’t bother this northerner either.

Down on the Farm: Fargo Lives up to Expectations

When the Indianapolis Indians marked 15 years of baseball at beautiful Victory Field in 2011, the running local commentary was that few believed the ballpark was that old due to its magnificent condition. While perhaps not as grandiose at the Triple-A stadium in downtown Circle City, Newman Outdoor Field, also in existence since 1996, could boast similar claims.

Down on Farm: St. Paul Puts on a Show

The St. Paul Saints predate their big-time friends across America’s chief river by nearly a century. This is actually the fourth incarnation of the franchise, beginning briefly during the Benjamin Harrison administration, then returning a decade later through 1899, followed by a 1915-60 run, ending just before the Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins.

Down on the Farm: Anchors Away

The fourth season of Down on the Farm continues with a trip to Knute Nelson Memorial Park in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Down on the Farm: Stingers Reward Supporters

As a resident for nearly a year now, I realize Minnesota is a hockey state. However, baseball is surprisingly well-funded across the Land of 10,000 Lakes too. This is particularly validated when traveling back roads through small Minnesota communities that seem to encompass one hidden gem of a ballpark after another. Considering the harsh winters, the immaculate conditions of fields by May is also rather impressive.

Down On the Farm, Season 4: A Birmingham Beauty

As a historically-cold Midwest winter finally wraps up near Memorial Day, we headed down south to kick off our 2014 campaign in Birmingham, Alabama. The state’s largest city opened a stellar new downtown ballpark in 2013 to replace suburban 25-year-old Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Down on the Farm: Rox near the river

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

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: Tremendous times in Tulsa

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]