Andruw Jones’ HOF numbers of 2021 better than the previous year

Likely no one expected Andruw Jones to be voted into the Hall of Fame. But the Curaçao Kid's numbers improved compared to last year. For a long time it looked like the improvement would be close to 20% but eventually the improvement stuck on 14.5 %. Where Jones got 19.4% of the votes last year, …

The Time Hank Aaron visited the Netherlands

Today, the baseball community mourns the passing of Hank Aaron. Besides the Dutch baseball community, not many know about the visit he once paid to the Netherlands. There is some footage (Kodak Super 8) about this visit. Hank Aaron (r) next to Dutch baseball great Hamilton Richardson Back then in 1974, Hank Aaron visited the …

MLB is on the verge of ruining its own future

About a month ago, MLB announced some rigid plan in which they wanted to contract forty-two Minor League teams. MLB claims it is for the sake of their minor league players: less travel time, better facilities and even better pay.    This new plan got a lot of criticism, not only by the fans and …

Hiroki Kuroda hangs up spikes

Former Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has announced his retirement. The work horse will hang up his spikes after the upcoming Nippon Series in which Kuroda's team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp will take on the Nippon Ham Fighters. Kuroda made the announcement during a press conference last night. Before the …

Alterations to Wrigley Field continue

After the Chicago Cubs had a made a huge alteration to Wrigley Field by adding the new big left center field and right field scoreboards, the club will continue to alter the look of the cherished ballpark. The scoreboards in left center field and right field were quite an issue as they would block the view …

Spencer Kieboom called up to Nats

Through his Facebook page, the dad of Spencer Kieboom announced that his son has been called up to the Bigs. Spencer will wear the Nationals' uniform tonight during an official MLB game for the first time in his career. Last night Wilson Ramos left the game with a knee injury and Spencer is called up …

Why do the Red Sox keep honoring a bigoted owner?

As you may know, Fenway Park in Boston is located at Yawkey way, named after the former owner of the Red Sox (from 1933 until 1977). But why do the Red Sox (and the city of Boston) keep honoring an owner who was a proven bigot and racist?  Before 1947, when Major League Baseball upheld …

Do the Yankees need a new pitching coach?

This year the Yankees pitching isn't performing the way it should, which is quite an understatement. The new pitchers that were acquired last year, Luis Severino and Nathan Eovaldi, are performing worse than they did last year. Eovaldi's numbers are not much worse but still he declined from 4.20 to 4.76. Severino had a solid …

65 years ago Eddie Gaedel had his sole at bat

Today, 65 years ago, Eddie Gaedel had his only at bat for the St. Louis Browns as part of a publicity stunt of Browns owner Bill Veeck In a time in which the St. Louis Browns were a cellar dwellar and political correctness was still unknown to the world, Browns owner Bill Veeck looked for a …

Promotion of Swanson an omen for Albies?

The Atlanta Braves have traded shortstop Eric Aybar to the Detroit Tigers and promoted their top prospect Dansby Swanson to the Bigs. With this move Swanson leapfrogs AAA. At AA Swanson wasn't hitting very well as he hit a modest .261. His defense was decent with a fielding percentage of .980 (eight errors in eighty-three games). …

Ken Griffey Jr’s number retired by M’s tomorrow

Recently inducted Hall of Famer, Ken Griffey Junior's number will be retired by the Seattle Mariners tomorrow. Griffey will have the honor to become the first Mariners' player to have his number retired. During his 22-year career, Griffey played fourteen seasons for the club from Seattle. In those fourteen seasons with the M's, Griffey had eleven …

Yankees did right thing by throwing the towel

By trading away their most valuable assets, the Yankees have officially given up on the season. Until the trade deadline the situation wasn't quite as hopeless as many thought it would be. In fact, trailing by seven games at this part of the season, gives a team still a chance to reach the play offs, …

Bill to “save America’s pastime”

In 2014 a lawsuit was filed in California to fight the ridiculous low wages in Minor League Baseball. For decades minor league players are getting paid poverty wages and do only get pay during the season. During Spring Training and during instructional leagues they are not paid. A federal magistrate has granted preliminary class-action status. This means that …

Dutchies in the MLB draft

Last night it became clear that Carter Kieboom, younger brother of Spencer Kieboom, has been drafted by the Washington Nationals as 28th overall pick. If both parties can agree on a deal, Carter will join the organization where his brother is playing (at AA Harrisburg) already. Both are sons of a Dutch born father who …

Starlin Castro wins it for Yankees

Yesterday's game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees proved that baseball is an unpredictable game. For six innings, the Yankees were no-hit but eventually they walked off with the win. Hitting wise it was another bad game for the Yankees. In nine innings, the team got one, yes one, basehit. Thanks …

Record of consecutive games hitting streak remains Joltin’ Joe’s

With the 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Jackie Bradley's 29-game hitting streak ended as the 26-year old center fielder of the Boston Red Sox went 0 for 4. With this win, the Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak and the Red Sox ended an four-game winning streak. In the last thirty games Bradley jr. …

C.C. Sabathia earned the fifth rotation spot? Yeah right!!

Despite the fact that the Yankees declared that the race for the fifth rotation spot would be an open one, Joe Giradi announced that C.C. Sabathia will fill the fifth spot. Open race? Really? Compare his numbers with those of Ivan Nova. At least the Red Sox have the guts, to bench a player with a …

Loek van Mil and Max Kepler will be team mates

Since I didn't hear much about Loek van Mil and his preparation for the upcoming season, I decided to check the roster of the Minnesota Twins' AAA affiliate, the Rochester RedWings. Of course it was announced earlier this week that the Twins had sent Max Kepler to theirAAA farm team, but it didn't ring a …

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