Minor-league baseball is one of the most pleasant ways to spend an evening. Even if you don’t care about the big-league franchise associated with the team, seeing these professional ballplayers before they’ve made it big can be a really cool experience.
I was 16 when the Angels moved their High-A team from Palm Springs to my hometown of Lake Elsinore, and I spent over a hundred evenings at The Diamond during my last two years of high school. I watched future big leaguers like Darin Erstad, Bengie Molina, Paul Lo Duca, Todd Greene, Bill Mueller, Scott Spiezio, Raul Ibanez, Paul Konerko, Jose Cruz Jr., and Derrek Lee, along with guys we thought would be big leaguers like Bobby Bonds Jr., Earl Cunningham, Todd Blyleven, and Jim Campanis Jr.
Triple-A can be even more exciting, because most teams will have several players who have spent time in the big leagues, either current prospects who have already had their first cup of coffee, former prospects who are now trying to reclaim their spots, or former stars who aren’t quite ready to hang it up yet. Throw in the prospects who are knocking on the door of the majors and the occasional rehab assignment for a big leaguer, and it’s the perfect baseball experience.
When you care about the big-league team, the minors can be even more special. The 2022 Oklahoma City Dodgers had appearances by 50 players with big-league experience, along with prospects like Michael Busch, Jacob Amaya, Bobby Miller, Gavin Stone, and more. The 2023 season looks to be similar, and OKC released their 2023 schedule on Thursday.
Our 2023 schedule is here!
It's never too early to start looking ahead as we get ready for the 25th season at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark!
— Oklahoma City Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) October 20, 2022
If you’re not in the OKC area, keep an eye on the games in white and see if they’re coming anywhere near you. I’ve already circled the third week in August, when OKC will be taking on the Salt Lake Bees just 35 miles from where I live. Their second series of the season will be a six-game set in Las Vegas, for those Southern Californians who want to make a quick trip to watch them play. They’ll also visit Albuquerque, El Paso, Sacramento, Reno, Tacoma, Round Rock, and Sugarland, so make your plans now to catch a ballgame or two.
And, of course, if you’re in the OKC area, check out beautiful Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for a home game for our future Dodgers.
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