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Past articles by Benjamin:

Bringin’ Defunct: 16 Minor League Ballparks that are no longer active

Last offseason, I wrote a post detailing the 13 defunct Minor League ballparks I had visited. Upon the conclusion of the 2018 season, that number increased by three. This post features the latest… → Read More

On the Road: The Road Ends in Grand Junction – Ben’s Biz Blog

The Grand Junction Rockies were the second of two teams that I visited in Colorado to end the 2018 season. To see all posts from this trip, click HERE. To see all “On the Road” posts, click HERE… → Read More

On the Road 2018: Looking for Designated Eaters – Ben’s Biz Blog

I have five road trips planned this season, visiting over two dozen ballparks in all. And when I’m the road, I am often in need of a Designated Eater. What is a Designated Eater? Simply put, it is… → Read More

About Last Night: Missoula Osprey, June 24, 2017 – Ben’s Biz Blog

The fourth stop of my (mostly) Pioneer League road trip was Ogren Park Allegiance Field, home of the Missoula Osprey. → Read More

About Saturday Night: Lake Elsinore Storm, May 13, 2017

On Saturday night, my Cal League South trip continued with an encore visit to the Lake Elsinore Storm. → Read More

Passover in the Broadcast Booth – Ben’s Biz Blog

Why is this post different from all other posts? Because I’m writing about Passover, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Passover, which began… → Read More

The Week That Was: New Looks for Lansing

New logos are like horror movie villains. Every offseason, whenever I think all has been revealed and there’s nothing more to be said or done, a new one pops up and demands attention. Case in point… → Read More

Roses are Red, and a Cow Delivered Them

For as long as I’ve been writing about Minor League Baseball — and it’s been a long time — I’ve observed from afar the time-honored tradition of having mascots make Valentine’s Day deliveries. The… → Read More

I just cleaned my desk. This is what I found.

These days, a common journalistic trope is to use the word “just” in the headline, as in whatever you are about to read “just” happened. Therefore, you, the privileged potential reader, will be among… → Read More

The Team is Gone, but Not Forgotten

Minor League Baseball’s Hometown Collection is a licensing program that commemorates the long history of Minor League Baseball. The collection is comprised of throwback caps and jerseys featuring the… → Read More

Attention Designated Eaters

“Ben’s Biz” t-shirts were unveiled this past July and — hey! — you can still get one. → Read More

Fresno Tacos: OMG, we own the Emoji

By now, the Fresno Tacos are an established phenomenon. This alternative Fresno Grizzlies team identity was first announced in the summer of 2015, as a means to supplement the long-running and… → Read More

Embracing the Darkness

In addition to being the tenth studio album by American metal band Korn, the “Path of Totality” is a term used for the 67-mile wide strip of darkness that will make its away across the U.S. during… → Read More

Hillcats Go to the Dogs

Last season the Lynchburg Hillcats launched a “Name the Team” contest, which had the paradoxical result of the team not renaming itself. → Read More

Minor Leagues, Milestone Anniversaries

Hello, and happy new year! 2017 will somehow be my 13th season in the world of Minor League Baseball. I know this seems impossible, given that I don’t look a day over 23, but it’s true. Anyhow, my… → Read More

2016 Year in Review: 27 Shining Moments

Over on — the yin to this blog’s yang — you’ll find a comprehensive round-up of the stories I wrote in 2016. Here on the blog, I’ll do something similar: What follows are my 27 favorite… → Read More

Four Interesting Things

After the Winter Meetings end, noteworthy news items become few and far between. But that’s okay. I’ll just dip into my amply stocked reserve of noteworthy items, which I keep stockpiled as if I was… → Read More

Batting Around: Clarity emerges in the Carolina League

Batting Around: Clarity emerges in the Carolina League → Read More

Let's get ready to Rumble Ponies

Hold your horses: the Binghamton Mets have changed their name to the Rumble Ponies. Since their 1992 inception, Binghamton's Double-A Eastern League franchise had gone by the name of the parent New York Mets. The Rumble Ponies name and logo, revealed Thursday morning during an unveiling event at a local elementary school, gives the team a unique identity meant to evoke the city's history and… → Read More

Down East Wood Ducks ready to take on the world

The Carolina League is adding two teams in 2017, and we know now the name of one of them: the Down East Wood Ducks. The Wood Ducks, Class A Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, will play at 67-year-old Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina. The franchise will be joined next season by another North Carolina addition to the Class A Advanced Carolina League, a Houston affiliate slated to… → Read More