Looking for a fun way to spend an evening, with breathtaking views of the Chugach Mountains and the fresh air of the Matanuska Valley? Look no further than Hermon Brothers Field, where the Mat-Su Miners take the field in the Alaska Baseball League.
The Miners are made up of college baseball players, and to say they are good is an understatement - last week, a former Mat-Su Miner was drafted second overall in the Major League Baseball draft. Many of today's Major League stars at one time played in the Alaska Baseball League. They flock to the Alaska Baseball League to get exposure from professional scouts, improve their skills and prepare for a career in baseball.
The Alaska Baseball League includes the Peninsula Oilers (Kenai), the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks and two teams from Anchorage, the Bucs and the Glacier Pilots. The Fairbanks Goldpanners are also an Alaska team, although this year they are technically not in the ABL.
The Miners play their home games at Hermon Brothers Field on the Alaska State Fairgrounds, and there may not be a better ballpark view in America. From the bleacher seats, you get a full view of Pioneer Peak and the Chugach Mountains. Miners games are very family-friendly, and its an inexpensive way to get out and enjoy the summer. The park has a complete concession stand, and there may not be a better way to spend a summer evening than eating a hot dog and peanuts at a ball game.
The Miners opened their season last week and continue play through the first week of August. Their home games can be found in the events calendar. You can also view their complete home and away schedules, as well as get more information about the team at their web site, www.matsuminers.org.