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Magazine Praises Bricktown Ballpark

Oklahoman Published: December 15, 1998

Baseball America has picked Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark as the second-best park in minor league baseball. Victory Field in Indianapolis is ranked No. 1.

The national publication describes The Brick as "everything a big league park has except 40,000 seats. They did a great job of combining modern comforts with the charm of older parks."

RedHawks general manager Tim O'Toole said, "We are obviously very honored to be considered as one of the top two minor league ballparks in the country. It is a tribute to everyone involved in the construction and operation of our park. Everyone from the citizens of Oklahoma City to our staff should take pride in this honor."

Biagini to Return

The RedHawks announced Monday that Greg Biagini will return for his fifth straight season as manager in Oklahoma City. Biagini guided the Oklahoma City 89ers to the 1996 American Association title.

Draft Notes

In the annual Rule 5 Major League Draft of minor leaguers Monday, the Texas Rangers lost only one prospect: Savannah pitcher Justin Siegel, who was drafted by Boston's farm club in Trenton, N.J.

Former Oklahoma City 89er shortstop Benji Gil was drafted by Charlotte, the Triple-A farm club for Florida. And this year's Heisman Trophy winner, Texas tailback Ricky Williams, was drafted by the Montreal Expos. Williams has been with the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

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