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Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: Ballparks with a Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

Marc Viquez

In North Carolina, there are a bevy of ballpark options for the distinguished fan. It can also be a paradise for the ballpark hunter to enjoy during the baseball season. However, the real fans are those living in the area trying to decide what to do on a summer night. Two newer facilities are making that choice a little easier. The Winston-Salem Dash and Greensboro Grasshoppers Continue reading

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Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: Taking It Easy in Stockton

Marc Viquez

There are times when a visit to the ballpark should be a laid back experience. One would only need a ticket, someone to listen to, a bite to eat and place to watch the game. There is no need for fireworks or an overbearing array of announcements, but a game where the loudest clatter is from bat to ball to glove. Such is night at Banner Island Ballpark, home to the Single-A California Continue reading

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Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: A Lack of Distraction in Wilson, N.C.

Marc Viquez

To the astute observer, minor league baseball is not what it used to be. It used to be cheap tickets, small concession booths, copious ads on the outfield walls and the echoes of announcements from the press box. It was never supposed to feel cutting edge or modern — that is what the Major Leagues were for. Continue reading

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Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: Resurrection in Harrisburg, Pa.

Marc Viquez

For almost 25-years stood a small, unattractive ballpark located in the middle of a small island in the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pa.  This ballpark quickly became a reminder of how far the architects have progressed in their designs of our minor league stadiums. Like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, it’s been given a fresh makeover and has become a beacon of Continue reading

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Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: Surrealism in Bristol

Marc Viquez

For all intents and purposes, there should not be professional baseball played at DeVault Memorial Stadium-affiliated or independent. Just one look of this misfit structure makes you wonder how on earth minor league baseball is still prevalent in Bristol, Va., in the 21st century.  Although the ballpark may not be pleasing to the eye at first, one may need to use their Continue reading

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Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: Would My Grandfather Have Approved of This?

Marc Viquez

What would my grandfather have said about attending a minor league baseball game in this day and age; could he have possibly fathomed the concept of happy hours, live concerts, and all-you-can-eat sections? What would he say about wrap around concourses, grass seating and party decks? You know what; he probably might like some of what he saw. Continue reading

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Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: Three Older Ballparks, Worth a Second Look

Marc Viquez

I have been traveling to various ballparks this summer with each one giving me a different perspective. They are three older facilities that are a combined 220-years-old and are home to collegiate wood baseball leagues that could be the future of older ballparks in North America. Older ballparks can still be great places for entertainment and with proper management Continue reading

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Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: If I Could Build a Ballpark…

Marc Viquez

Now that there is a proposed site for a new ballpark in Escondido, Calif.; on paper, it made me ruminate for a few hours today at how I would design a ballpark if given the opportunity. There would be many standards that you see in today’s new green cathedrals, but I am sure I would want to enhance the ballparks’ look and feel ever so slightly. Continue reading

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Impressions of a Ballpark Hunter: Discovery of a Forgotten Ballpark

Marc Viquez

Muzzy Field has been described as a forgotten ballpark, one that has slipped out of the minor league baseball conscience. If you are not looking for it, you would probably bypass it. The historic facility is well off the beaten path and seems miles from anywhere among the rolling hills and the one lane roads of Connecticut. Continue reading

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