Even YOU can be a Minor League GM!

 MiLB MILB.jpgis teaming up with Fritos for the ‘Be A Minor League Baseball GM For A Weekend Sweepstakes’. Five winners will recieve
: round trip transportation for two people; double occupancy hotel accommodations for two nights; two premium tickets to the game; autopraphed Minor League Baseball host club replica jersey; a chance to sit in on team meetings; and $1,525 in spending money. Sounds like a good deal to me. I’d even just take th money…The choices for host teams include the Portland Sea Dogs, Durham Bulls, Memphis Red Birds, New Orleans Zephyrs, Las Vegas 51’s, and the San Antonio Missions. My choices would either be Portland or Durham. I contimplated not posting this, because it would lower my chances of winning, but since I never win anything it would be cool if maybe someone from the blogosphere here won it. Just remember your ol’ buddy here at M.I.B. if you win. The trip is for two.

Even if you don’t win, you can still probably afford to take in a MiLB game. During recent survey, Minor League Baseball concluded that for the cost of four people to attend a game is around $57. This includes two adult tix, two child tix, four hot dogs, two sodas, two beers, a program and parking. They found an adult ticket is $8 or less at 80% of the ballparks. The highest I’ve paid for a Minor League game is $13 for the AAA Indianapolis Indians last season. My tickets for the Single-A  Peoria Chiefs this seaons were $5, and that’s for a premium seat. The average cost of a night at the ballpark ranges from around $67 for AAA to $50 for Single-A Short Season or Rookie League.

If you still don’t want to get off your lazy, well, ya know, and catch a live game luckily the MLB Network will be broadcasting some Minor League games as well, including the Triple-A All Star game. The first game will be aired this Monday at 11:00 am and feature the Gwinnett Braves at the Durham Bulls. The next game will be the Burlington Bees at the Quad Cities River Bandits on May 3. Figures they’ll be televising a game just two days after I’m there. Other games slated include Scanton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at the Indianapolis Indians on May 19 at 11:00 am and the Norfolk Tides at the Columbus Clippers on June 15 at 12 noon. Victory Field in Indy was one of the best venues I’ve watched a game at, and should look great on TV. MLB Network will be airing weekday afternoon games thoughout the summer, too.


  1. raysfanboy

    Love visiting your blog every single time, but this could be one of the best things you’ve written. Really exciting (the contest) and informative (the cost of a MiLB game). It just makes me want to run out to Clearwater or Port Charlotte or even here in Tampa (despite my dislike of the Yankees) and catch a game. I, like you, have never had to spend alot of money for tix to a minor league game. That is part of what makes it so enjoyable!


  2. Michael David

    Jeff-I would have bet money that you’d pick Memphis. Would be a good choice. You won’t be disappointed in Louisville. The stadium is phenominal and don’t forget to check out the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum down the street.
    Jane-you never know what future star you might see. Last season I saw Austin Jackson with the SWB Yanks, now he’s with the Tigers.
    RFB-thanks for the extremely nice comment. I hope you get to enjoy many MiLB games this summer along with your Rays.

  3. Michael David

    Shaun-day games are the best. The beer seems to taste better with the sun beating down on you.
    Emma-a free trip to Vegas is always a good thing, especially if you can catch a game.
    Mike-Good luck. Baseball in Brooklyn is a natural-you’re lucky to have the Cyclones.

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