Don’t let Slugger the Sea Dog's permanent scowl fool you -- Portland's resident anthropomorphic canine is one of the most exuberant and boundary-pushing mascots in Minor League Baseball. Ben Hill goes behind the scenes.
The Minor League Ballpark Guide, an ongoing project, provides in-depth explorations of active Minor League facilities. Learn about unique features, standout concession items, team history, things to do (and eat) in the surrounding area and more. Use them as a resource to plan your own ballpark road trip.
Each week, Ben joins Show Before the Show hosts Sam Dykstra and Tyler Maun for his "Ben's Banter" segment. He talks about his recent work -- covering everything from road trips to rebrandings -- and occasionally interviews guests of his own. No matter the topic, the banter is always informative and lively.
Ben has celiac disease. At every ballpark he visits, he recruits a designated eater to consume the stadium cuisine his gluten-free diet prohbits. Take a look back through his travels in the Minors and learn about the delicious, the spicy, the sweet and the bizarre ballpark snacks and the brave fans who volunteered to consume them on Ben's behalf.
High-A club, formerly the Snappers, adopts nonmigratory identity