Barons exhibition vs Chicago White Sox is a sellout

      The Birmingham Barons do not have to wait for opening day to pack Regions Field.

      The Barons announced that this month's exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox is sold out. It's the seventh sellout in Region Field history.

      "The Chicago White Sox are excited to return to Birmingham to play the Barons in an exhibition game before the start of our 2014 regular season," said White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn. "It will be a great opportunity for us to celebrate the Barons' 2013 Southern League title, to visit Regions Field, one of the best facilities in all of minor league baseball, and for our Barons alumni to return to Birmingham, a city that has meant a great deal to White Sox success over the past three decades."

      Chicago manager Robin Ventura played for the Barons in 1989 and White Sox team ambassador Frank Thomas spent part of the 1990 season in Birmingham.

      The Barons have been the Double-A Affiliate of the White Sox since 1986 which makes them the longest tenured minor league team in the organization.

      The Chicago White Sox play Birmingham Barons at Regions Field on March 28. The gates open at 4 p.m. so fans can watch batting practice. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.