Just a half-hour from Boston, Edward A. LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts offers an exciting and affordable alternative to a trip to Fenway Park. Home to the Single-A short season Spinners, the stadium sits along the banks of the Merrimack River, creating a setting that’s both calming and picturesque.
The season starts in the middle of June after the Major League teams have drafted and signed their draft picks. For players inked by the Red Sox, Lowell is often the first taste of professional baseball.
Most of the roster of the Spinners is comprised of players with very little pro experience. In compliance with the New York-Penn League, the roster may have no more than three players that have four or more years of prior professional service. The league is also an option for position players making the move to the mound, and pitchers changing positions. Such players are exceptions to the professional service provision.
Fun abounds at the stadium with unorthodox promotions. During each week the Spinners are home, there are Weenie Wednesdays where hotdogs can be had for only $1.00. Each Friday fans are treated to post-game Fireworks.
Among the best promotions is the “Spinner for a Day” package. Kids 5-15 years old get to meet the team, and be in the dugout and on the field to watch batting practice. Mix in a pre-game tour and four of the best seats in the house and it’s easy to see the value in the $200 cost.
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