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, 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: 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: Pride of a Prospering Region

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: Kansas City’s Other Baseball Option

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.)

Wil Myers: Tampa Bay Rays not ready to promote top prospect

Despite reports to the contrary over the weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays do not currently have any plans to promote top prospect Wil Myers.

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 […]

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

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: Summertime in the Alamo City at Nelson Wolff Stadium

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

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.