Miami Marlins minor leagues: Ranking the top affiliates' stadiums and complexes

Marc Serota

A look at the top stadiums and facilities among the Miami Marlins' minor league teams.

5: Dwyer Stadium, Low-A Batavia:

Dwyer Stadium has a great community vibe, with loyal Batavia fans, but the stadium itself isn't all that special. 2013 will mark the Marlins first year in Batavia, and I am hoping to catch a game there once the New York-Penn League's season kicks off. Dwyer Stadium is pretty special in that it opened in 1939. The other four fields on this list have all been around for no more than twenty years, so it's awesome to see a historical park for a change. From the outside, Dwyer Stadium looks like a high school cafeteria in the 70's; however, once one steps inside the gates, it becomes clear to see beautiful and nostalgic this stadium is.

4: Zephyr Field, Triple-A New Orleans:

Zephyr Field might be best remembered around the country for being a National Guard staging area after Hurricane Katrina. Zephyr Field is a typical Southern PCL ballpark, with beautiful trees providing a scenic backdrop. There is not many more beautiful sights in the game of baseball than watching the sun set behind those trees in right field. Zephyr Field also has one swimming pool, and two hot tubs, for those who need to soak in water while taking in a game. (It's not my kind of thing, but as long as it brings people out to the ballpark...). Overall, Zephyr Field is plain, but it gets the job done. In terms of Triple-A baseball stadiums, it doesn't get much better than Zephyr Field.

3: NewBridge Bank Park, Low-A Greensboro:

NewBridge Bank Park is one of the newer ballparks on this list. Built in 2005 for over $20 million, NewBridge still has a new ballpark feel. With beautiful brick arches protecting the ballpark from the street, it sort of reminds me of Camden Yards. NewBridge Bank Park doesn't have the same type of atmosphere as a place like Dwyer or Bragan, but the beautiful stadium pretty much makes up for that. NewBridge Bank Park makes Sally League baseball feel like Double-A or Triple-A from the second you pull up to the wonderful brick exterior.

2: Bragan Field, Double-A Jacksonville:

Bragan Field (formerly known as the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville) is a great stadium to pitch in, but more than anything, a great place to watch a game. With the longest distance to center field in the minors (420 feet), pitchers are encouraged to pitch to their defense. Fans can watch these pitchers make adjustments from one of Bragan's 12 luxury skyboxes or for free, peeking through the cracks of the chain-link fence outside. Bragan Field isn't in the most picturesque location, a gigantic football stadium looms over the outfield fence, but it makes up for that with a great atmosphere.

1: Roger Dean Stadium, High-A Jupiter:

Roger Dean Stadium, located in Jupiter, Florida, is home to four Minor League teams, including the Marlins High-A and GCL affiliate. Being the only complex in minor league baseball that four affiliates call home, there is never a shortage of games at Roger Dean. In total, there are fifteen baseball fields at the Roger Dean complex. Couple that with a gorgeous stadium and odd promotions such as Star Wars Night and Yard Sale Night, and there is something for everyone. With tickets starting as low as $6.50 to go see a Jupiter Hammerheads game, Roger Dean Stadium truly offers the best visiting experience out of any of the Miami affiliates.

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