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Minor League Stadiums

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Minor League Stadiums
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Below, you’ll find our comprehensive list of the New England region’s minor-league ballparks, where you can save money and see some of the best up close.

Pawtucket Red Sox, McCoy Stadium, Triple A

The Pawtucket Red Sox have long been considered one of the most successful minor-league teams in the country. Perhaps no other minor-league team in New England has captured the hearts of fans like the PawSox. This is where the Boston team really begins. Nomar, Roger Clemens, Jim Rice … they all remember their early days at McCoy Stadium. One of the most striking features of this ballpark is seeing the murals of the famous players during their time in Pawtucket. The longest game in baseball history was played here April 18, 1981, against the young Cal Ripkin Jr. and his Rochester Red Wings. It was a 33-inning marathon.

One Columbus Ave., Pawtucket, RI; 401-724-7300.

New Britain Rock Cats, New Britain Stadium, Double A

Over 250,000 fans stream through the gates to watch this one-time Red Sox (now Minnesota Twins) affiliate play in seven-year-old New Britain Stadium, one of the minor leagues’ most elegant — it’s sometimes called a “mini-Camden Yards.” One of 12 teams in the Eastern League, the club pays attention to detail: Their Web site practically lets you take in a game without leaving home. A picnic area and a kids’ zone with interactive baseball events make this a park families love.

John Karbonic Dr., New Britain, CT; 860-224-8383.

New Haven Ravens, Historic Yale Field, Double A

Feel the history in this grand ballpark, built in 1927 and modeled after Yankee Stadium. Over the years Yale Field fans have seen Ted Williams, Jimmy Foxx, Yogi Berra, Derek Jeter — even former President George Bush, who played here as a Yale undergrad — take the field. The Ravens, in their first season as a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate, are being touted as one of the strongest teams in the league. A $3 million facelift in 1993-94 spruced everything up, but this summer Ravens fans will experience an old-time baseball “theme park.”

252 Derby Ave., West Haven, CT; 203-782-1666.

Portland Sea Dogs, Hadlock Field, Double A

There’s no better way to top a day in Maine’s lovely bayside city than with a night rooting for the Red Sox’s newest Double A team at an intimate brick ballpark. Last season, the nearly 400,000 fans (one of the highest AA fan totals in the country) watched in awe as Sea Dog pitcher Josh Beckett, touted as the next Nolan Ryan, dominated opposing batters with his 97-mile-per-hour fastball, en route to being named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year. Plus, kids will love the Sea Dog mascot.

271 Park Ave., Portland, ME; 800-936-3647.

Lowell Spinners, Edward A. LeLacheur Park, Single A

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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Updated Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

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