Thinking of a road trip to follow the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Here's a list of the International League teams they'll play on the road through the end of the regular season on Sept. 1. Keep in mind these are the top minor league affiliates of major league clubs, so some of the players you see today could head to the big leagues tomorrow.
Hey, doesn't that stadium name sound familiar? This park seats 18,025, making it one of the largest in the minors. In 2012, it unveiled the largest HD video board in minor league baseball. Once you're in town, visit the Anchor Bar (1047 Main St., 716-883-1134) the establishment where Buffalo Wings were invented 50 years ago in 1964.
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles); May 26-29
Harbor Park, 150 Park Ave., Norfolk, Va.; 757-622-2222
This beautiful new stadium was built in 1993 and is located in downtown Norfolk on the Elizabeth River. Norfolk, Va. is the home of a large naval station and the highly rated Chrysler Museum of Art (245 W. Olney Rd., 757-664-6200).
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays); May 30-31, June 1-2
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham, N.C.; 919-687-6500
Made famous by the Kevin Costner movie "Bull Durham," this team actually traces its roots to the dawn of the 20th Century. Their stadium was designed by the same firm that built Camden Yards in Baltimore and Jacobs Field in Cleveland.
Opened with a Beach Boys concert in 1996, Frontier Field is yet another example of a modern minor-league park built with comfort and style; it seats more than 13,000. The National Museum of Play at The Strong (585-263-2700) is the second largest children's museum in the nation.
This publicly-owned facility opened in 1997 and features the Hank Sauer Room restaurant (available to groups by reservation only). History buffs will enjoy the Erie Canal Museum (315-471-0593), listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees); June 30, July 1, Sept. 1
PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Rd., Moosic, Pa.; 570-969-2255
Only 75 miles separate Allentown and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, so this is the trek to make if you're thinking day trip. Seats at the club and suite level are sold out for the season, but tickets elsewhere in the park remain a modest $7-$12.