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Here are the pics of the Detroit-Toledo working agreement:

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The Bowie Bay Sox are about 10 mins. up the road from my house, and have been the AA affiliate of the Orioles since the early 90s. The funny thing about Bowie is, it's actually about 10 miles closer to DC than Baltimore, but when the Bay Sox started playing in Bowie, the Orioles were the only MLB team in the region. I'll support the Bay Sox no matter what and hope they stay around for a long time. Even though they are the farm team of one of the Nats' biggest rivals, I never have really thought of them as "little Orioles". 

There are a decent number of O's fan hold-overs in and around the Bowie area that show up to games but the majority are Nats fans looking to get a break from the hassle of a trip to Nats Park(I would be in that category), or people in the area who just want to see a baseball game and not have to deal with large crowds and expensive tickets. Since Nats Park has installed metal detectors it takes at least 30 mins to get off from the subway or bus stop (forget parking unless you want to pay $25 to park 5 blocks from the stadium) until you're in your seat. The ticket prices won't drain the bank account, but they aren't exactly inexpensive either and there are also no quick and cheap fast-food spots nearby, just trendy little craft beer joints that can get pricey. Between the places to eat nearby; Rips has been a Maryland institution for over 60 years ( http://www.ripscountryinn.com/ ) or you can get something cheap and quick and the close-by free parking the Bay Sox are a very inexpensive, hassle-free and family oriented way to take in a ball game.



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NatsFan wrote:

The Bowie Bay Sox are about 10 mins. up the road from my house, and have been the AA affiliate of the Orioles since the early 90s. The funny thing about Bowie is, it's actually about 10 miles closer to DC than Baltimore, but when the Bay Sox started playing in Bowie, the Orioles were the only MLB team in the region. I'll support the Bay Sox no matter what and hope they stay around for a long time. Even though they are the farm team of one of the Nats' biggest rivals, I never have really thought of them as "little Orioles". 

There are a decent number of O's fan hold-overs in and around the Bowie area that show up to games but the majority are Nats fans looking to get a break from the hassle of a trip to Nats Park(I would be in that category), or people in the area who just want to see a baseball game and not have to deal with large crowds and expensive tickets. Since Nats Park has installed metal detectors it takes at least 30 mins to get off from the subway or bus stop (forget parking unless you want to pay $25 to park 5 blocks from the stadium) until you're in your seat. The ticket prices won't drain the bank account, but they aren't exactly inexpensive either and there are also no quick and cheap fast-food spots nearby, just trendy little craft beer joints that can get pricey. Between the places to eat nearby; Rips has been a Maryland institution for over 60 years ( http://www.ripscountryinn.com/ ) or you can get something cheap and quick and the close-by free parking the Bay Sox are a very inexpensive, hassle-free and family oriented way to take in a ball game.


 AS someone who doesn't live in the area..........but HAS been to Nationals Park..............

It really is in the middle of nowhere, at least for about another 5 years or so, until they get the waterfront area finished.  It's an OK stadium, not anything like the other places I went to on my summer road trip, but not bad.  I didn't think the prices were out of line, but the parking situation is ridiculous.  I parked in a lot quite aways from the stadium (more then 5 blocks for sure), and it was a pain to get in and out because of all sorts of construction.

Definitely I saw no places to eat afterwards.  Man in Pittsburgh there was a bar every 5 steps outside of the stadium across the Clemente Bridge going downtown.



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seajaw wrote:

Here are the pics of the Detroit-Toledo working agreement:

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Looks like a genuine "original copy" of a working (though not necessarily final) draft.  Two-hole punch at the top of the document was the standard (and quite inefficient) method of storing legal documents back into the early 1980s (and likely decades before that).  Small to large vertical tears in the paper were the unavoidable result of constantly opening and closing the bindings to add or remove documents from the folder or just bending back the top of the folder to review any enclosed documents.  Of course, onion skin would have been the preferred means to make numerous carbon copies.  If it isn't genuine, someone went through a lot of trouble to forge this (including using a manual typewriter).



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boomer wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Here are the pics of the Detroit-Toledo working agreement:

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Looks like a genuine "original copy" of a working (though not necessarily final) draft.  Two-hole punch at the top of the document was the standard (and quite inefficient) method of storing legal documents back into the early 1980s (and likely decades before that).  Small to large vertical tears in the paper were the unavoidable result of constantly opening and closing the bindings to add or remove documents from the folder or just bending back the top of the folder to review any enclosed documents.  Of course, onion skin would have been the preferred means to make numerous carbon copies.  If it isn't genuine, someone went through a lot of trouble to forge this (including using a manual typewriter).


Thanks for the info. 



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The Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs have been affiliated with the Boston Red Sox for several years now. I've seen several current Red Sox players come through Portland (and one that got away - Anthony Rizzo - a favorite of mine from his time in Portland). I've been a life long Red Sox fan so it was exciting when Portland changed its affiliation from the Marlins (than the Florida Marlins) to the Red Sox.

They've even added the Maine Monster in left field at Hadlock Field to replicate the Green Monster at Fenway.

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nacster wrote:

 AS someone who doesn't live in the area..........but HAS been to Nationals Park..............

It really is in the middle of nowhere, at least for about another 5 years or so, until they get the waterfront area finished.  It's an OK stadium, not anything like the other places I went to on my summer road trip, but not bad.  I didn't think the prices were out of line, but the parking situation is ridiculous.  I parked in a lot quite aways from the stadium (more then 5 blocks for sure), and it was a pain to get in and out because of all sorts of construction.

Definitely I saw no places to eat afterwards.  Man in Pittsburgh there was a bar every 5 steps outside of the stadium across the Clemente Bridge going downtown.


 The focus around Nats Park is to build more office space with the hopes more businesses will re-locate there and the employees of these companies will make up a good chunk of the attendees. The problem is, the office space is very expensive and from what I hear, not too many businesses are biting. What's going to be bad this season is, a new casino was opened(Dec. 8) in nearby National Harbor which is only going to add to the congestion in an already congested area. Unless someone has an extra ticket or I get an invite to Nats Park, I think it'll be Bay Sox at the ball park and Nats in the living room this year. 

As for Pittsburgh, I've never been to a ball game up there, (went to a Pens game about 20 years ago over Christmas), but it sounds like the surrounding area of Camden Yards. There's a bar or restaurant everywhere you turn near the stadium, and they are always running specials on food and drink leading up to game time. You can have a crab cake dinner before game time or you can duck in some other place for a quick Natty Boh and a hot dog. Gotta love choices and competition. smile



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Regarding the Detroit/Toledo connection...I recall my Father telling me years ago that the original Mud Hens departed Toledo in 1955. In 1965, minor league ball returned and the new team was also named the Mud Hens. The affiliation between Detroit and Toledo was between 1967 - 1975, the current one is 1987 - 2018. Incidentally, we have a beautiful stadium located near the Maumee river here in Toledo. My profile pic is of myself and my daughter at Fifth-Third Field.

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seajaw wrote:

Just a couple of questions...

I know some of our membership resides in towns that have minor leagues teams.  If you root for those teams, do you necessarily have a loyalty for the Major League clubs they are affiliated with?

If so, what happens when a city switches to a new organization?


 I realize this is an older post but I thought I would add my 2 cents anyway.  I live a half hour away from the Lakewood BlueCaws (Phillies low A) and frequently go (going June 14th).  I have no love for the Phillies but really enjoy the BlueClaws and I have a lot of their memorabilia. My BlueClaws jersey hangs right next to my Met jerseys. In my case seajaw affiliation doesn't matter.



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fgabs68 wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Just a couple of questions...

I know some of our membership resides in towns that have minor leagues teams.  If you root for those teams, do you necessarily have a loyalty for the Major League clubs they are affiliated with?

If so, what happens when a city switches to a new organization?


 I realize this is an older post but I thought I would add my 2 cents anyway.  I live a half hour away from the Lakewood BlueCaws (Phillies low A) and frequently go (going June 14th).  I have no love for the Phillies but really enjoy the BlueClaws and I have a lot of their memorabilia. My BlueClaws jersey hangs right next to my Met jerseys. In my case seajaw affiliation doesn't matter.


 Minor League baseball, and the parks they play in, are sooooooooooo underrated.  I may have said it here somewhere, but I live in Rochester which is the AAA affiliate of the Twins.  The stadium is now 21 years old I believe.  It still is a great place to watch a game, even though the area is pretty bad (downtown, which is like a ghost town, but that's a story for another time and forum).  On Friday and Saturday nights they have a fireworks show.  Many Sundays during the year they let the fans on the field after the game for about an hour to play catch with their kids (if you don't bring a ball the team gives you one that you can keep).  I can go with my son, park, get box seats, have a dog and soda (I don't drink), get him peanuts and a drink, and maybe split an ice cream in a little helmet, for about $50 give or take.

 

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-- Edited by nacster on Friday 9th of June 2017 11:37:41 PM

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Looks a lot like Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake. Probably the same designer. Ours is 23 years old. Nice place to watch a game but also in a less than ideal neighborhood. I really dislike many things about minor league baseball but it is affordable and can be entertaining and if I have to watch a meaningless exhibition (which is ultimately what nearly all minor league sports are) I can think of worse places to be.

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pfunkone wrote:

Looks a lot like Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake. Probably the same designer. Ours is 23 years old. Nice place to watch a game but also in a less than ideal neighborhood. I really dislike many things about minor league baseball but it is affordable and can be entertaining and if I have to watch a meaningless exhibition (which is ultimately what nearly all minor league sports are) I can think of worse places to be.


 Not the same designer, I checked wikipedia........



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nacster wrote:
fgabs68 wrote:
seajaw wrote:

Just a couple of questions...

I know some of our membership resides in towns that have minor leagues teams.  If you root for those teams, do you necessarily have a loyalty for the Major League clubs they are affiliated with?

If so, what happens when a city switches to a new organization?


 I realize this is an older post but I thought I would add my 2 cents anyway.  I live a half hour away from the Lakewood BlueCaws (Phillies low A) and frequently go (going June 14th).  I have no love for the Phillies but really enjoy the BlueClaws and I have a lot of their memorabilia. My BlueClaws jersey hangs right next to my Met jerseys. In my case seajaw affiliation doesn't matter.


 Minor League baseball, and the parks they play in, are sooooooooooo underrated.  I may have said it here somewhere, but I live in Rochester which is the AAA affiliate of the Twins.  The stadium is now 21 years old I believe.  It still is a great place to watch a game, even though the area is pretty bad (downtown, which is like a ghost town, but that's a story for another time and forum).  On Friday and Saturday nights they have a fireworks show.  Many Sundays during the year they let the fans on the field after the game for about an hour to play catch with their kids (if you don't bring a ball the team gives you one that you can keep).  I can go with my son, park, get box seats, have a dog and soda (I don't drink), get him peanuts and a drink, and maybe split an ice cream in a little helmet, for about $50 give or take.

 

FF_dwunaet2_ic3cjbnn.jpg

 

 

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 I agree nacster, we love the minor league experience.  Great prices, a good family day and we get to see some future stars or an occasional current star on a rehab assignment.  I enjoy seeing the BlueClaws ( fireworks every Friday night) but my wife and father in law are Yankee fans (I know!!!) so I occasionally take them to a Trenton Thunder game (Yankees AA). It's about an hour away, nice ball park, same great prices.  The only downside there is parking can be a bit challenging when a star is on a rehab assignment and, well, it's the Yankees.



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Interesting. They really look very familiar at first glance, and have aspects the HOK style that was prevalent at the time.

But Smith's is bigger, and has a second deck and outfield burms. Features of the the outside of the park have some similarities, but having loooked at it longer, they are quite different in some other ways. 

Guess there are only so many ways to build a ballpark. smile

 



-- Edited by pfunkone on Saturday 10th of June 2017 11:22:33 AM

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