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Other baseball teams in the Arizona Cactus League

February 15, 2009|Charlie Vascellaro

Nearby: Actually in the ballpark. Barbecue, about which Kansas Citians know plenty, is available at Appetites Barbeque, which serves up smoked pork and beef brisket sandwiches.

Milwaukee Brewers

Maryvale Baseball Park

3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix

Tickets: (623) 245-5500, (800) 933-7890,,

Here, it's always been more about the beer and brats than the baseball for Brewers fans, whose mascot is not one but five sausages. The open-air concourse behind the sunken seating is covered by louvered sunscreens, providing shade down the first and third base lines. The grassy berm seating area behind the outfield wall sits at a comfortable incline. If you get there early enough for batting practice, you're almost sure to snag a ball.

San Diego Padres

Seattle Mariners

Peoria Sports Complex

16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria

Tickets: (623) 878-4337, (800) 677-1227,,,

In 1994, a three-way partnership among the Padres, the Mariners and Peoria created the two-team-one ballpark trend at the sports complex.

Nearby: The concessions concourse at Peoria offers perhaps the widest variety of options -- wok-fried noodles, regional Mexican specialties and such San Diego-centric foods as barbecue by former Padres pitcher Randy Jones -- in the league with a carnival-like atmosphere.


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