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If you're a baseball player in the Cincinnati Reds minor-league system, you may find yourself starting out playing for the Single-A Dragons in Dayton, Ohio, where the last 925-plus games have seen the stadium fill its capacity of 7,230.
The good players are promoted to the Bakersfield Blaze, which plays in a so-called "fast" Class-A league. But the Blaze also plays in dated, oft-criticized and lightly attended Sam Lynn Ball Park, a far cry from the sellouts in Dayton.
"Yes, Sam Lynn Park - one of the worst minor league parks in the county, one that draws the smallest attendance in the league and hasn't averaged 1,000 fans per game for a season since 2007," VanderBeek wrote.
VanderBeek does explicitly say, "The intent here is not to kick Bakersfield," noting that Blaze ownership has pledged to build a privately funded stadium in northwest Bakersfield.
So what's a player to do?
"I don't know how to explain it," Blaze outfielder Kyle Waldrop told The Bee. "Dayton is such an amazing place, and we don't get a lot of fans in Bakersfield.
"I guess it humbles you and makes you respect the game a little more. It gives you motivation to do better and move up because Pensacola and Louisville also are unbelievable places to play. Fans or no fans, you're still playing baseball."