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WHERE TO: CATCH A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME

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by NYMetroParents Staff June 11, 2014

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UPDATED MARCH, 2014: The Minor League Baseball season in the New York metro area runs through September and many of these venues have special offers for families, making one of these games a perfect family outing when the kids are off from school. Check out the minor league baseball teams that play in New York and NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

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New York

Brooklyn Cyclones
Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League (New York Mets)
MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn
Season begins June 13; first home game is June 14
Tickets: $9-$17

Through the Field of Dreams program, youth baseball, softball, and Little League teams can stand side by side, in uniform, with the Cyclones while the national anthem plays at the start of the game (you must purchase a minimum of 20 tickets to participate in this program).

Staten Island Yankees
Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League (New York Yankees)
Richmond County Bank Ballpark, 75 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Season begins June 13

See website for ticket prices. The stadium offers group tickets that include discount ticket prices, fan gear, and a chance for kids (12 and under) to run the bases after the game.

Rockland Boulders
CanAm League
Provident Bank Park, 1 Provident Park Drive, Pomona
Season begins May 23
Tickets: $9-$17

Kids ages 14 and under can get on the field every Sunday for Kids Day and run the bases after the game. Kids are also allowed to play catch on the field after the games. 

Hudson Valley Renegades
Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League (Tampa Bay Rays)
Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls
Season begins June 13

See website for ticket prices. The Renegades offer special discounts and packages for groups of 15 or more; for an extra $25, groups can have their picture taken on the field in front of the scoreboard. Little League Night is June 19, and there will be an All-Scout Sleepover on July 12.


Tri-City ValleyCats
Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League (Houston Astros)
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 80 Vandenburg Ave., Troy
Season begins June 13
See website for ticket prices. Youth league players can join the ValleyCats players on the field for the national anthem through the Baseball Buddies program.

Binghamton Mets
Double-A (New York Mets)
NYSEG Stadium, 211 Henry St., Binghamton
Season begins April 3
Tickets: $9-$11

Groups of 10 or more qualify for ticket discounts and other limited benefits, including an on-field performance. Girl Scouts Night is June 13. Look online for information about joining Buddy’s Kids Club.

 

New Jersey

New Jersey Jackals
CanAm League
Yogi Berra Stadium, 27 Clove Road, Little Falls
Season begins May 22; first home game is May 27
Tickets: $5-11

The Baseball Buddies program allows youngsters to be introduced like the pro players and take the field with the Jackals for the national anthem. See website for details.

Trenton Thunder
Double-A (New York Yankees)
Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road, Trenton
Season begins April 3
Tickets: $10-$30

The team offers the Boomer’s Kids Club for fans younger than 12, which features special discounts, prize packs, and on-field opportunities.

Lakewood BlueClaws
Single-A (Philadelphia Phillies)
Season begins April 3
Tickets: $7-$12

With the Future BlueClaws package, your child’s Little League team can take the field with the BlueClaws during the starting lineups and the national anthem or play catch on the field before the game.

 

Connecticut

New Britain Rock Cats
Double-A (Minnesota Twins)
New Britain Stadium, 230 John Karbonic Way, New Britain
Season begins April 3
Tickets: $6-$20

Kids 12 and younger can become members of the Rookie’s Club (free membership) and receive reduced-price tickets to six select Sunday home games. They’ll also get a chance to run the bases after the game and receive invitations to special events like Meet the Players Day. See the website for details.

Connecticut Tigers
Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League (Detroit Tigers)
Dodd Stadium, 14 Stott Ave., Norwich
Season begins June 13
Tickets: $8-$20; groups of 20 or more receive a discount rate

Fun birthday parties and group outings available at Connecticut Tigers games. Baseball clinic on July 10-11 for young, aspiring players, ages 7-15.

Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Triple-A (Philadelphia Phillies)
Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown
Season begins April 1
Tickets: $7-$45

Youth baseball or softball teams can take the field with the IronPigs players with the National Penn Bank Field of Dreams package and stand alongside the future Phillies during the singing of the National Anthem before the game.

Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders
Triple-A (New York Yankees)
PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic
Season begins April 3
Tickets: $7-$12

Sundays are Family Fun Day, when kids can run the bases after the game and get autographs from the players. Note: There is a $28 charge for families to sit in the lawn area; otherwise, regular ticket prices apply. Youth sports teams can be a part of the Field of Dreams program, and stand with RailRiders during the National Anthem. Visit the website for details.

Reading Phillies 
Double-A (Philadelphia Phillies)
FirstEnergy Stadium, 1900 Centre Ave./Route 61 S., Reading
Season begins April 1
Tickets: $6-$12

Several group ticket packages are available, including those with access to the pool pavilion and third base picnic area.

Harrisburg Senators
Double-A (Washington Nationals)
Metro Bank Park, 1 Championship Way, Harrisburg
Season begins April 3
Tickets: $9-$33

Offers a Kids Club membership that gives children younger than 12 access to special events held at Sunday home games, including autograph sessions, scavenger hunts, and the end-of-the-season party. 

Williamsport Crosscutters 
Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League (Philadelphia Phillies)
Bowman Field, 1700 W. Fourth St., Williamsport
Season begins June 13
Tickets: $5-$8; reduced ticket pricing available for groups

The Picnics in Cutters Cove package offers groups of 15 or more third base deck seating and an all-you-can-eat pregame meal ($25; $15 ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5).

 

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Long Island Ducks
Bethpage Ballpark, 3 Court House Drive, Central Islip, NY
Season begins April 25
Tickets: $11-$15; discounts for groups of 25 or more

Kids ages 14 and younger can join the Kids Club for discounts, special events, and the opportunity to win an autographed baseball at every Ducks home game.

Somerset Patriots 
TD Bank Ballpark, 1 Patriots Park, Bridgewater, NJ
Season begins April 25
Tickets: $9.50-$13.50

Children can join the Somerset Sluggers Kids Club for special opportunities such as posing with the entire Somerset Patriots team in the Somerset Sluggers team poster, exclusive Q&As with Patriots Players, and ballpark tours.

Bridgeport Bluefish
The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, 500 Main St., Bridgeport, CT
Season begins April 24
Tickets: $9-$13.50, discounted rates for groups of 20 or more

Kids 12 and younger can join the Kids Club for special events and activities throughout the season and the off-season. Young athletes can join a Youth League Outing to accompany the players on the field during the national anthem, join the players on the field during team introductions, play catch with the players before the game, and more; see the website for details.

Camden Riversharks
Campbell’s Field, 401 N. Delaware Ave., Camden, NJ
First home game is April 24
Tickets: $12-$13

Children can join the Kids Club for access to special events like a pregame Q&A with some ‘Sharks players, a pregame behind-the-scenes tour of Campbell Field, and free entry into the kids fun zone and carousel.

Lancaster Barnstormers
Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA
First home game is May 1
Tickets: $6-$13

Several ticket packages available for groups and families. Kids can join the Barnyard Bunch ($20-$30s) for free admission to 12 games, exclusive field access on select nights, and a chance to join the Barnstormers on the field for the national anthem.

York Revolution
Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York, PA
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Season begins April 24
Tickets: $8-$14
Kids can join the Rookie Revs ($27) for special events like a pregame autograph session.
 

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