The Hickory Crawdads were bought by the Texas Rangers back in 2017. The Rangers have been generous in their allocation of resources for the upkeep of L.P. Frans Stadium, and it shows. This is a new pattern we’re seeing more and more of – major league teams buying their minor league affiliates and assisting in the development of coaching staffs and facilities. While in today’s landscape many teams feel the need to tear down and start over, the Crawdads and Rangers have successfully joined forces to ensure L.P. Frans Stadium ages in place.
It’s hard not to feel at home in the state John Denver described as “almost heaven.” The great thing about Appalachian Power Park is that it fits perfectly next to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River. It doesn’t try and be something it’s not – the Power embraces the cozy nature of the Mountain State. A trip to a Power game feels less like a typical ballgame and more like a mountain retreat.
What stadium chasers love about sporting venues is that no two are exactly alike. With Five County Stadium, you would be hard pressed to find a venue like it. The Mudcats play in the metropolitan area of a major city, but their home ballpark doesn’t feel big time at all. Instead, it feels like a ballfield surrounded by farmland, and that’s okay. Minor League teams moving into shiny new downtown ballparks has become the norm, but the Mudcats seem content where they are.
BB&T Ballpark delivers a taste of the Major League for the players while still three phone calls away from the show. With yet another new and beautiful Carolina League park, one thing is for certain – in an area that is football and basketball crazy, professional baseball has its roots firmly planted down Tobacco Road.
In so many ways, FNB Field is the antithesis of what rural Pennsylvania is believed to be. In a working class city, FNB Field is a mini vacation. It’s a place to escape the cramped-up nature of downtown and kick back on a calm summer night with Island Time Baseball.