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  1. #41
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    I like the Daytona Cubs i love going down to florida then watching their games. I also like their mascot ; cubbie.
    Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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    Mud Hens!

    I've become a Toledo Mud Hens fan. Although I'm not a Toledo native, I became a fan after taking a job in town. They are vastly more entertaining than my beloved Royals (and they're actually making a pennant run this year!).

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    Personally, I like the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League. I live in Chico, CA and since I've lived here most of my life (10 yrs., 7 mos. out of 21 years), I consider this my hometown.

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    They say you never forget your first love, and for me that was the Arkansas Travelers. I saw many games at Ray Winder Field as a kid, from about 1971 through 1982 or so, when I started college. Even bought a share of Travs stock for $5 back when they were still selling them at games.

    At Ray Winder, I saw Al Hrabosky, Bob Forsch, Keith Hernandez, Garry Templeton, Larry Herndon, Bake McBride, Tito Landrum, Ken Oberkfell, Tommy Herr, Andy Van Slyke -- a whole generation of Cardinal farm hands passed through LR during that time. Obviously, I also undoubtedly saw many others playing for the Travs' Texas League opponents during those years -- most have slipped my mind or made no impression at the time. I did see Denny McClain's 1973 appearance at Ray Winder with the Shreveport Captains during one of his comeback attempts -- he lasted less than an inning, and gave up five or six runs. Pretty sad.

    Only went to a couple of games during my college years. Then I moved to Atlanta. Once the internet came around it got a lot easier to keep up with them from here. I've been back for a couple of games in the last few years. Still a great ballpark, and the fan experience is wonderful, thanks to GM Bill Valentine's efforts.

    My second favorite is the Asheville Tourists. My wife's family is from Asheville, so we visit there often, and I catch a game at McCormick Field whenever it's feasible. Doesn't have the personal history for me that Ray Winder does, but it's close -- we had a group outing to the ballpark for a game in lieu of a rehearsal dinner the night before we got married, and my dad got to throw the ceremonial first pitch. It's a beautiful place to see a game -- so said Babe Ruth and Branch Rickey, and so say I as well. GM Ron McKee is also one of the best in the business and has made it a great place for fans of any age.

    I loved Engel Stadium, and I think AutoZone Park in Memphis is a terrific place to see a game, but I've never felt any sort of emotional, fan-type connection with the Lookouts or Redbirds.

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    I would have to say the Staten Island Yankees. Its only 10 min from my house and very good seats are only $11. Its the team that Chein-Ming Wang played for and I hear there SS and SP have great promise.
    Yankees '09

    Arod, CC, AJ, DJ and Tex

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    Let's Go Clippers

    Let's Go Columbus Clippers

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    PawSox!

    My favorite Minor League team is the Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox), AAA team for the Boston Red Sox. You can see the Red Sox of the future for about 10% of what it costs to go to Fenway.

    Hey, it looks like there's something Yankee fans and Sox fans can agree on! SACK GEORGE!

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    My all time favorite minor league team was the Richmond Virginians of the AAA International League. Althought they don't exist anymore, the memories of my childhood still do and they were a very important part of that. RIP 1954 - 1964.

    The current Richmond Braves are a remote second.

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    Buffalo Bisons
    "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
    Carl Yastrzemski

  11. #51
    Some comments after reviewing this thread:
    (1) Enjoy the Vancouver Canadians while you can, there's serious talk about tearing down Nat Bailey Stadium and putting a curling venue there; upon hearing this, by the way, Canadian poet laureate George Bowering stated, "It's a dreadful, awful place, but it's where baseball is, eh? It's a baseball park. What are they going to put in there, curling? Come on! This is not Winnipeg, this is Vancouver. Curling! Who is going to curl?"
    (2) The North Shore Spirit is not a Minor League Baseball team. It is a member of the independent Can-Am League.
    (3) The Yuma Scorpions is not Class A or otherwise a Minor League Baseball team. It is a member of the independent Golden Baseball League.
    (4) The Minor League team in Des Moines was known as the Iowa Oaks from 1969-1981.
    (5) The Minor League team in Spokane was known as the Indians throughout its affiliation with the Dodgers. Spokane was never known formally as the Dodgers.
    (6) If I lived in Texas and was a fan of Chicago sports teams, I would frequent Houston to cheer on the Cubs when they came to town, Arlington when the White Sox came to town, and so forth for the Bears, Bulls and Black Hawks, and I would check the college schedules religiously to see if by some chance the Illini were to play any non-conference games anywhere in the area.
    (7) The Lancaster Barnstormers is not a Minor League Baseball team. It is a member of the independent Atlantic League.

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    Holyoke Millers!!!

    They ruled the AA Eastern League for two years in the early 80's and then moved to God knows where.
    Now I'd have to say the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League. So many major leaguers have played Cape ball it's insane.
    Although I do think the Albuquerque Isotopes have a great name.

    'TOPES WIN!!! THE 'TOPES WIN!!!

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    Holyoke Millers, Chatham A's

    Quote Originally Posted by fitzyfitzell
    They ruled the AA Eastern League for two years in the early 80's and then moved to God knows where.
    Now I'd have to say the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League.
    The Holyoke Millers played from 1977-80 as a Brewers farm team and in 1981-82 as an Angels affilliate before the team was moved to Nashua.
    The Chatham A's is an amateur collegiate summer league team and is not a Minor League Baseball team.

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    I like the Lansing Lugnuts. (A)

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningshoes53
    Buffalo Bisons

    there ass is grass in a week! rochester red wings will be the suckiest team to make the playoffs

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    also i like the modesto nuts and the brooklyn cyclones

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    I like The Richmond Braves and the Daytona Cubs.
    Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

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    Fresno Grizzlies!

    Because I have lived in Fresno my whole life (don't let media people fool you; Fresno is a GREAT place to live) and the Grizzlies just happen to be the AAA team of my Giants, the Fresno Grizzlies are my favorite Minor League team. Although the last five years or so it has been sort of a joke rooting for them...you know they're going to lose.

  19. #59
    Quote Originally Posted by shoeless1920
    ....there's serious talk about tearing down Nat Bailey Stadium and putting a curling venue there....
    It is with much pleasure that I can emend my previous comment noted above. I visited Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver for a ballgame last week, and the curling venue was being built on an adjacent parcel of land and Nat Bailey has formally and officially been spared. Currently funding is being arranged for some improvements to the grand old yard. This is wonderful news as Nat Bailey is a terrific ballpark with great fans.

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    my favorite team is the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League (independent)

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