14 Reasons to Love Minor League Baseball

Somerset Patriots baseball game

1. You can enjoy a game with your dog.


2. You can sit here and not spend a nickel more than the guy sitting in the far corner of left field.

The first row at Arm & Hammer Park

3. It’s easier to come up with a ball.

Catching a foul ball

4. The Mascots

Mascots wrestle at TD Bank Ballpark

Sparkee and Slider are two of the three Somerset Patriots mascots. The third is a guy who parades around in a revolutionary war uniform and calls himself General Admission.

5. It keeps the dream alive.

Former major leaguker Endy Chavez

Endy Chavez played for nine different major league teams over a 13-year period. He is widely beloved by New York Mets fans for a game-saving catch he made against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. At age 40, he is patrolling right field for the Somerset Patriots.


Former major league pitcher Matt Latos

Matt Latos pitched for nine different teams during an 8-year major league career. During that time he complied a 71-59 won-loss record. He’s giving it one last shot as a closer for New Jersey Jackals,






6. You don’t have to be a major client of Morgan Stanley to sit in a luxury box.

Watching the Rockland Boulders from a luxury box.

7. If your kids couldn’t care less about the game they can do stuff like this.

8. You can stretch out.

There's lots of space at Palisades Credit Union Park

9. Where else can you see sack races these days.

Between innings at the Somerset Patriots game

10. Bat dogs

Rookie, the Trenton Thunder's bat dog

Rookie is the third generation of golden retrievers to serve at bat dog for the Trenton Thunder, following in the pawsteps of his legendary grandfather Chase.

11. You never know what tonight might be.

Somerset Patriots promotional events

12. The YMCA song never gets old.

Rockland Boulders fans do the YMCA

13. You don’t have to drink Bud or Bud Light

Where to get a beer at a Rockland Boulders game

14. The food.



Photos are from

Palisades Credit Union Park, Pomona, N.Y., home of the Rockland Boulders

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater, N.J., home of the Somerset Patriots

Arm & Hammer Stadium, Trenton, N.J., home of the Trenton Thunder

Yogi Berra Stadium, Little Falls, N.J., home of the New Jersey Jackals

Skylands Stadium, Augusta, N.J., home of the Sussex County Miners







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16 Responses to 14 Reasons to Love Minor League Baseball

  1. GP Cox says:

    One of these days I’ll make it up to our Minor League stadium, but I do wish we had one a tad closer. I’d like to spend the day at the ballpark, not on the road!

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  2. Love to see pups at the baseball stadium!


  3. I’ve never been to a minor league baseball game, and I’ve only been to a few major league ones. Though of course I spent my time eating wonderfully horrible and unhealthy food and people watching as opposed to paying attention to the game at hand 😉

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  4. I love watching our little team, even though it is not officially minor league, it is one of those collegiate summer feeder leagues. But it is fun, and Ken Griffey, Jr. played here!

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  5. pjlazos says:

    I know, right? We have Clipper Stadium in downtown Lancaster and it’s really been a nice addition to our little city. Plus it’s been my daughter’s summertime employment all through high school!

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  6. Donna Janke says:

    This post just screams summer fun! We have an independent professional baseball league team in my home city of Winnipeg. Their games are a lot fun. They too have various theme days throughout the season.

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  7. And, reason #15 … there’s probably a minor league team somewhere near you … and it won’t be a hassle to get there. 🙂

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  8. Henry Lewis says:

    I love #s 6 and 10!

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  9. I love minor league baseball and attend many Dayton dragons games I remember many of the big leaguers when they came through the system such as Todd Frasier who is now one of the best 3rd basemen in the MLB.

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