Now that you know who wins the crown for the best overall baseball/hot dog experience in Major League Baseball, you are probably wondering how the Minor Leagues fared. The answer is below in the overall MiLB rankings. As you know each MLB has 3 Minor League teams, one at each level in A, AA and AAA. That is 90 Minor League baseball teams, and that does not include the Short Season Leagues or the Independent Leagues. While I made it to 100% of the MLB ballparks, I only made it to 35 of the MiLB parks.
I was both impressed and disappointed in the hot dogs at the Minor League level. Some teams really went all out and serve up some creative and tasty puppies, while others were horrid. Many were mediocre. Running a MiLB team is tough business, but if there is one thing I do know is that the money in baseball is not in tickets, it is in concessions. If you dish out a good dog, the fans will eat one
My dirty little secret is that while I love MLB games, I feel much more connected at the MiLB venues. You sit closer, everything is less expensive and your chances of getting a foul ball are much better. I had two close calls with foul balls in over 20 years of MLB games, but I never got one. I snagged 5 foul balls at MiLB parks this year alone. All were on the bounce or rollers because….ok, I am too much of a pussy to catch one barehanded.
Congrats to the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Charleston Riverdogs for tieing for the top spot of the MiLB teams I did have the pleasure to visit. Both are South Atlantic League teams, a single A league, so the must take their dogs seriously in the SAL. Coincidentally, both are fabulous cities to visit as well.
Know of a Minor League ballpark I need to visit in 2015? Let me know and I’ll get it on my schedule for next year.
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