Mapping The Path is on The Road Again

Two years ago, Matt Burns and his son visited all Major League and Minor League ballparks in their home state California. The planing was to visit sixteen ballparks in eighteen days in the Carolinas in 2020 but the corona virus threw a spanner in the works. But now, Matt and his dad are making up …

Play of The Year

Once in a while you see an incredible play that deserves the nomination “play of the year.” Last night, Monte Harrison made a play like that. In last night’s game between the Charlotte Knights and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (that name should be forbidden), outfielder Monte Harrison made an incredible catch. Not only did he …

Another Fine Documentary: Brooklyn Dodgers – The Ghosts of Flatbush

Today, I watched another great documentary on Youtube. This one was about the Brooklyn Dodgers. The documentary started around 1941, the year they won their first pennant since 1920. Of course the move to Los Angeles, orchestrated by villain Walter O'Money is given attention too. This is a long one, about 1 hour and 58 …

Another Nice Baseball Documentary

As I wrote in one of my previous blog posts (the one about Ballparks Around the World), I watched a baseball documentary named "Summer Ball." It is about a collegiate woodbat team in the community of Bancroft, Iowa. This community has a population of about 730 and baseball is the thing that bonds the people …

Want to Speed up Baseball Games? Cut Warmup Pitches Between Team At-Bats.

Recently there is a lot of talk about how to speed up baseball games. MLB has implemented a pitch clock, but IMHO the twenty-second rule is hardly enforced. A change that will really help is to stop the warmup pitches between the team at-bats, an idea an acquaintance of mine came up with. Always wondered …

Set of rule changes in Pioneer League, says goodbye to free baseball

The now "independent" Pioneer League has announced a set of rule changes. The most eye catching is the rule that bans extra innings. The first rule change is a "check swing" appeal from the home plate umpire after the base umpire (first or third) has made a call on a check swing appeal by the …

MLB should punish the Astros, but how about the Giants?

By now you will know that yours truly loathes MLB because they failed to punish those who were responsible for the Astros sign-stealing scandal. The greedy MLB owners rather protect their product than punishing those who participated in this scandal. Instead, they banned the Astros' GM and manager to save their face.  I am going …

Would players like Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth be able to compete in modern day baseball?

For years I have been wondering if players like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb would be able to keep up with modern day baseball. For years I couldn't tell as I didn't know how hard pitchers threw back then. Until today. Today I watched the documentary "Fastball." And in that documentary featured a story about …

The Time Baseball Was Played in front of 100,000 fans

We all may know that the opening game of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Los Angeles Coliseum drew over 90,000 fans. But 22 years earlier, a baseball event drew even 100,000 spectators. And it wasn't even at American soil. On a summer day in August during the 1936 Olympics, baseball was a demonstration sport …

Baseball Culture Summer Classic to replace BATC

A few weeks ago, you could read here about the Battle At The Castle youth tournament to call it quits. You could also read about a similar tournament in the Czech Republic but since not everyone is capable of getting to the Czech Republic, Baseball Culture has decided to fill the void the BATC has …

Dutch Baseball Hangout interviews Rick van Dijck

For the average (Dutch) baseball fan, the name Rick van Dijck may not ring a bell immediately but Rick is one of those Dutch players that is playing abroad for several years now. Time to put him into the spotlights. Rick started to play baseball at the age of eight with De Knuppelaars from Rosmalen. …