Portland, Maine, has been ranked as the Best Minor League Baseball Town in America in a study of the nation’s 159 minor league baseball towns conducted by financial technology company SmartAsset, according to a news release from the Portland Sea Dogs.
The study scored towns based on a quality of life score and a minor league baseball experience score. The first looked at a city’s crime rate, unemployment rate, disposable income and entertainment, while the second score was determined by taking team win percentage, stadium experience and minor league class.
Portland received a 97.47 for quality of life and 99.37 for team, the only city on the list to rank in the top 10 in both categories. The study recognized the city of Portland as having the 16th highest disposable income of the minor league towns examined and the 15th lowest unemployment rate.
“This is a tremendous honor both for the Sea Dogs organization and the City of Portland,” Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa said in the release. “We are fortunate to call such a beautiful city home and we are very grateful for the way the community has embraced this baseball team.”
The Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, have been playing baseball in Portland since 1994, when professional baseball returned to Maine’s largest city for the first time since 1949. The franchise has welcomed over 8 million fans to Hadlock Field, produced over 230 Major League Baseball players, and has reached postseason eight times, including capturing the 2006 Eastern League Championship.
This past season, the Sea Dogs produced their best record in franchise history, 88-54, capturing the Eastern Division title by five games over Binghamton before falling in the first round of the playoffs. Some of the top prospects on the roster included Mookie Betts, Henry Owens and Blake Swihart.
The Sea Dogs will host the 2015 Eastern League All-Star Game at Hadlock Field on July 15, 2015. Tickets for the All-Star Game and single game tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.