Dutchie baseball news: Zarraga and Profar sent to MiLB camp

As expected Shawn Zarraga was sent to Minor League camp by the Dodgers on Monday. Despite a good Spring Training in which he was mainly used as DH. But using a DH in the National League is like using skates on water. The Aruban catcher collected ten hits in ten games and nineteen at bats (.526). He served …

Apparently affiliated ball isn’t quite ready for gay players

After the color line was broken in 1947, almost 70 years ago, one would expect that it would be easier to accept gay players. But apparently it isn't. Sports Illustrated reported about an openly gay player in the Cardinals organization, who decided to quit because of the homophobic remarks during his (short) career. Remarks like …

How are the Dutchies doing at ST camp so far?

In a period in which the MLB Spring Training rosters are trimmed, several Dutchie non roster invitees are still with the big guys. Time for a second look to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands are doing. Ozhaino Albies: Where top prospects like Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge (both of the …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Kenley Jansen

With Spring Training around the corner it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of …

Player banned permanently for PED use

After being suspended two times before because of use of PEDs, Jenrry Mejia is suspended for life by MLB. His previous suspension was on July 28,2015 as he failed a second test on Stanozolol and Boldenone use, the PED that Canadian sprintaer Ben Johnson was caught with during the Olympic Games in Seoul. MLB suspended him for …

Mariners sign Korean DH/1B Lee to 1-year contract

The website of the Mariners has not put on the message yet but according to a Twitter account, former Softbank Hawks slugger/DH/1B Dae Ho Lee has signed a one year deal worth a reportedly $4 million with the team from Seattle. The Japanese baseball website yakyubaka.com announced on January 30, that Lee extended his stay …

Old Tiger Stadium site will have baseball use afterall

This is very old news, but I must have totally missed it. I bumped into an article that the new stadium, that will be built on the old location of Tiger Stadium/Navin Field, will have an artificial turf field. In December 2014, the city of Detroit gave the green light for the project..... This makes me very …

Dutchie baseball news: Shawn Zarraga non roster invitee

Yesterday it was announced that Aruban Catcher, Shawn Zarraga, got an invitation for the Dodgers' Spring Training camp at the Camelback Ranch in Arizona. Zarraga split the 2015 season between AA Tulsa and AAA Oklahoma City. In the 2014-2015 off season he was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers, where he played most of the time …

No more Venezuelan Summer League

Yesterday, it was announced in the podcast "The Show before the Show", that the Venezuelan Summer League is no more. After 19 years the league shuts down due to several reasons.  The league has been plagued by many teams pulling back due to the turmoil that the country faces. Many teams feared for the safety …

Baseball scouts a dying species?

It looks like that modern business management has reached MLB. Older people are not important anymore and are laid off for younger employees and computers. Quality isn't important anymore, only money matters. Major League clubs are laying off scout jobs in a rapid fashion. Many of the unemployed scouts are asking the Professional Baseball Scouts …

Dutchie baseball news:Rangers sign Profar to one-year extension

The Texas Rangers have avoided arbitration with Curacao native Jurickson Profar by signing him to a one-year contract extension. In the upcoming season, Profar will earn $605,000 in the upcoming season even though he is still recovering from an injury. Jurickson has missed almost two seasons due to a shoulder injury which eventually resulted in …

Kenta Maeda will call LA home

Dodgers fans have been complaining that it was a bad off season so far. But how can you call the off season bad if the Dodgers just signed Scott Kazmir and the news was spread that the team also lured in Kenta Maeda. According several news websites, the Dodgers signed the Japanese star to an …

After getting Chapman, what are Yankees’ true intentions?

After the Yankees acquired Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the Reds, they said rather quick that they want to keep the bullpen together as it is. So with Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman this would be a formidable backend of the Yankees' bullpen. But do the Yankees really want to keep the three together …

Yankees get Chapman. More trades in store?

The Yankees have reportedly traded for Aroldis Chapman. The Reds get pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis (what's in a name?) and low profile infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. Besides Cotham the damage is not too big. Cotham is considered a big talent by many even though his ERA told a different story last season. …

Rose not reinstated. No HOF in near future

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced today that he has decided not to reinstate Pete Rose. This means that the ban that was implemented in 1989 after it was discovered that Rose betted on baseball games (even of his own team), will not be lifted. Pete Rose requested a lift of the ban in February of …

Maeda to be posted

After the Hiroshima Toyo Carp listened to the wish of their starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda, they said that they would carefully weigh the options. In the past week they announced that they would likely post him but today the word came out. Major League Baseball on Wednesday morning that the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central …

Cuban MLB players to join MLB goodwill tour to Cuba

The MLB goodwill tour to Cuba, that will start next week, will have a few surprising participant: Cuban defectors that play in MLB. When I read this, my first thought was "the Cuban government can see this as a provocation", but now it seems that the Cuban government granted permission to MLB to let them  join …

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