Cubs acquire Lars Huijer from Seattle

The Chicago Cubs have sent Mike Kickham to Seattle in exchange for Dutch pitcher Lars Huijer. Lars, inhabitant of Hoofddorp in the Netherlands joined the Mariners organization in 2011. His brother Sven had a minor league career in the Red Sox organization. Lars was named Mariners pitcher of the year in 2013 when he had …

Appalachian League eyes possible expansion for 2016

The Appalachian League (Rookie), where Dutch (Antillian) players Gianfranco Wawoe, Ozaino Albies and Danny Arribas have played in 2014, may expand despite messages of a few years ago that the league would contract. A new trend is dawning: MLB teams are looking to add more rookie league teams. The Appalachian League could be a perfect …

Pat Murphy returns as El Paso Chihuahuas manager

The El Paso Chihuhuas, AAA team of the San Diego Padres in the Pacific Coast League, have announced that Pat Murphy will return as their manager in 2015. Murphy has a very long resume in the baseball world. From 1988 through 1994 he managed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In that period the team had …

Curt Smith goes Indy again

Curt Smith, first baseman of the Dutch National team became a free agent after the 2014 season. He had spent the season with the Cardinals' AA affiliation in Springfield MO of the Texas League. Smith signed a deal with the independent Lincoln SaltDogs of the American Association. Smith played for the SaltDogs before. In 2011 …

Portland Mavericks, the odd one out

When the Portland Beavers left Portland for Spokane at the end of the 1972 season, ex minor leaguer and tv actor Bing Russell, father of Kurt Russell, jumped in with an independent team. This was not a coincidence. Russell starred for years in the TV series Bonanza, which was cancelled in 1972. The team joined …

New look for Pawtucket Red Sox

The baseball off season is a time for teams to rebrand. I mentioned the rebranding of several Minor League clubs already (Oklahoma City, South Bend, Daytona, Biloxi and San Antonio). Yesterday another Minor League club unveiled a new look: The Pawtucket Red Sox, AAA affiliate of the Beantown ballclub. Here is a broad variety of …

Cubs’ South Bend affiliate will be named…. Cubs

It starts to look like a trend. Parent clubs naming their farm teams after themselves. Instead of keeping the old name that the team had during the liaison with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Sout Bend SilverHawks), the new parent opted for the name Cubs. The Cubs have named more teams after themselves. Until last season, they …

Reds A-Advanced team in Daytona called Tortugas

After my rant about the far from original name of the new LA Dodgers AAA team in Oklahoma City, I read some relieving news about the new Florida State League (A-Advanced) team of the Cincinnati Reds. The new member of the Reds family will be called Daytona Tortugas. For those who do not speak Spanish …

Oklahoma City Dodgerized

As soon as the news was spread around that the owner group of the Dodgers had bought the Oklahoma City RedHawks, I had a hunch that the team (the RedHawks) would adopt the parent club's identity somehow. Until this off season, most Dodgers farm teams adapted their parent's identity more or less. The Chattanooga Lookouts …

New brand in the Southern League

Most minor league fans knew that there will be a new team in the Southern League. Maybe new is not exactly the right word; the Huntsville Stars will move to Biloxi MS next season. The question remains if the new stadium is ready in time, so the team can start the season as the Biloxi …

Dutchies in the US, part 7

The baseball season in the US is really over now. Last weekend, the Arizona Fall League final was played. None of the teams of Spencer Kieboom and Shawn Zarraga was represented. This time I would like to pay attention to the Dutch and Antillian players that I ignored all season. I didn't ignore them because …

Minor League affiliation news: Another PDC extension

After the previous article on the PDC extension between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New Hampshire FisherCats  there is more to tell about PDC extensions. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (gawd I hate that name), have extended the Player Development Contract with the Salt Lake Bees through 2018. The teams have been in …

Minor League affiliation news (it just never stops)

More news about Minor League affiliations. This time not a change but an extension of a Player Development Contract. The Toronto Blue Jays have extended their PDC with the New Hampshire FisherCats through the 2018 season. Both teams are linked to each other for 15 straight years now. The relationship between the two started in …

Minor League Baseball’s poverty wages

I love Minor League baseball as you may know by now. To me it is the more honest version of baseball. Sure these players hope to break into the Bigs one day but they play for the game itself. This is what I kept telling myself for years. Now it appears that this isn't all …