An article from Baseball America reports that the Reds' new High-A affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif., is a potentially dangerous place to play. The ballpark is outdated, but apparently it goes deeper than that. The playing surface could be a problem. One player reportedly nearly died after taking a a bad hop to the throat.
Cincinnati has a two-year agreement with Bakersfield, which joins High Desert as places where baseball doesn't appear likely to continue in affiliated ball much longer.
When a Cubs affiliate moved to Huntington in 1990, Chicago sent its groundskeeper to help prepare the playing surface at St. Cloud Commons, which was used by Marshall's baseball team and local high school. They turned it into an outstanding field without much difficulty. Maybe the Reds will do something similar with Bakersfield.