Salem Red Sox May be Moved to Lowell

The Boston Red Sox are investigating the possibility of moving the Salem Red Sox to Lowell, the town where their former New York-Penn League affiliate was located. According to Ballpark Digest, Lowell officials have engaged a consultant to tally the costs of bringing Minor League Baseball back to LeLacheur Park, as the Boston Red Sox eye a move of the Salem …

MLB wipes out more than a century of Minor League history

With Minor League clubs accepting the invitations by MLB clubs in the past few days, MLB has announced the complete restructuring of Minor League Baseball. With this move, more than a century of history is deleted at once. If the cutting of 40 teams from Minor League Baseball wasn't bad enough, established leagues like the …

With Cleveland changing its moniker, there is another team named Indians and it is about to stick

Two years ago, the Cleveland Indians decided to ban the Chief Wahoo logo. Yesterday the club announced to change its moniker as well. But with that, the name Indians hasn't disappeared from professional baseball completely. There is still a minor league club sporting that name and it will stick for sure. We are talking about …

MiLB invitations have been sent

Various MLB clubs have sent the invitations to Minor League Clubs to join their organization. It remains to be seen if MiLB clubs want to operate under the new terms of MLB. 119 invitations have been sent out. The invitation of the Fresno Grizzlies is pending. The following clubs have sent invitations. Arizona Diamondbacks:Reno Aces …

Overview of teams cut from Affiliated Ball

Recently, you could read here about the teams that were kicked out of affiliated Minor League Basebal alreadyl. After roaming the internet in the past week, checking out several major baseball websites, the Dutch Baseball Hangout came to the conclusion which other teams will not be in affiliated ball anymore. Here is a quick overview …

Staten Island Yankees Cease Operations, Sue MLB Namesake

The Staten Island Yankees have announced they will cease operations. The team was financially troubled already but due to the corona crisis, it got even worse. To continue as an independent team is not an option according to the club. The Club is suing the New York Yankees for broken promises. Even though the Yankees …

Final MiLB alignment postponed

It looks like the final announcement of the future Minor League Landscape will not come before December 8. The final say was expected to be announced today, but according Ballpark Digest, it will take a bit longer.Strange thing is that for a plan that is in the making for 14 months, so many last-minute decisions …

St. Paul Saints joins Minnesota Twins organization

Over the past days, several news outlets talked about the fact that the St. Paul Saints will join the Minnesota Twins organization. But only one outlet announced the teams have hammered out a deal. With the deal in place, this gives the Twins a big flexibility regarding roster moves and dealing with players on the …

Pioneer League Becomes “Independent” Partner League of MLB

Next to the announcement of the Draft League, earlier today, MLB came with another press release today. In this press release it was unveiled that the Pioneer League will continue to exist. Not as an affiliated league but as an independent partner league of MLB. According to the press release, the Pioneer League will transition …

MLB announces Draft League

Major League Baseball came out with a press release, presenting a new league, the so called Draft League. In this league, the former AA Trenton Thunder and three New York-Penn League members (West Virginia Black Bears, State College Spikes, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and the Williamsport CrossCutters) will participate. Talks about a sixth team are …

Fresno Backs Grizzlies in Search for AAA Ball

With a joined statement of the current Mayor and the Mayor-Elect of Fresno, the city made clear that it is backing the Fresno Grizzlies in their quest for AAA baseball. In the statement, both local politicians claim that thanks to the award winning seasons the club had and thanks to the investments the club made …

MLB puts Fresno in the stocks

MLB showed its true colors, if it had not done that already, by putting Fresno in the stocks. According to the Fresno Bee, MLB has told the city of Fresno and the local (former) AAA team Grizzlies to accept a demotion to Low A or not having affiliated ball at all. Understandably, both the Grizzlies …

A few more moves in the Minor League affiliation “dance”

Today and yesterday, some news was published about new Minor League affiliations of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals. The news about the first one doesn't really come as a surprise. Yesterday, the (still) independent Sugarland Skeeters, the club with arguably one of the worst logos in baseball, announced that they will leave the …

MLB cuts ties between Minnesota Twins and Rochester Red Wings

The minor league landscape is slowly changing. After the agreement between MLB and MiLB expired, MLB has taken controle and it shows. The other day, the Yankees announced to adopt two new MiLB franchises, leaving their former farm teams in Staten Island , Charleston and Trenton behind. Now it is the turn for the Minnesota …