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 …

MiLB Cities Trying to Scrape Together Money For Stadium Upgrades

The bullying of Minor League Baseball and minor league cities by MLB continues. A few weeks ago, it was announced that several minor league cities are forced to upgrade the local ballparks or their MiLB teams may lose their license. A city that is trying to find money to keep its minor league club is …

MLB’s ill-treatment of minor leaguers is astounding

Yesterday, the Dutch Baseball Hangout posted a blog post of fellow blogger Words Above Replacement on its Facebook page and Twitter account. The blog post emphasizes the vile behaviour of MLB regarding its minor leaguers. Today an article of Baseball America emphasized it a little more. The blog post of Words Above Replacement was about …

Tulsa Drillers To Remember Massacre

The Dodgers AA affiliiate Tulsa Drillers will wear a special patch during the month of May. A patch that remembers the 1921 Race Massacre that took place in Tulsa. The patch does have a small finesse as it shows the word "riot" struck through and being replaced by the word "massacre." Back in the days, …

What will the future of the Texas League look like?

With the current affiliation dance, a lot is unclear how the minor league landscape will look like. Dance is definitely the wrong word as MLB decides and minor league teams have to accept. But what will the future of the Texas League look like. This is really drawing my interest as the San Antonio Missions …

Origin of Minor League team names, a reprise: A

Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained. A Aberdeen IronBirds: The name “IronBirds” …

Intimidators become Cannon Ballers

It was announced earlier this year the Kannapolis Intimidators were in the process of rebranding as they will go to a new stadium in 2020. During an unveiling event Wednesday night at Kannapolis' historic Gem Theater, the Cannon Ballers moniker was shot out into the world. Prior to the 2001 season, the club adopted the …

Las Vegas ballpark construction on schedule

The Las Vegas ballpark the future home of the Las Vegas Aviators (former 51s) is right on schedule. Since the groundbreaking ceremony on February 23, 2018, the construction of the ballpark is proceeding swiftly. According to 13KNTV Las Vegas, progress at the site is easy to spot near Downtown Summerlin and crews have now started setting …

Salt Lake Bees to welcome 12 millionth fan

The Salt Lake Bees, AAA affiliate of the Anaheim Angels in the Pacific Coast League, hosted 4,155 fans in last night's game (a 9-3 win over the Reno Aces). With this number of fans, the club is only 10,230 away from reaching the 12 million mark.   After the Portland Beavers, who replaced the independent …

Minor League history: Florida International League

The Florida International League was a rather stable baseball league that lasted from 1946 though 1954. In fact it was a continuation of the 1940-1942 Florida East Coast League with a couple of the same cities. The backbone of the league were the teams in Miami, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Havana. The team in Havana …

Marry at Fresno Grizzlies promotion

This is hilarious. One of those silly promotions that you will only see in a minor league ballpark. Perhaps this is the best of the year. The Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Houston Astros) will have a marriage promotion coming Thursday. Special about this promotion is that their mascot, Parker T. …

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 …

Origin of Minor League team names: W

Too bad. This is the last contribution to this thread. After the W, there are no clubs with X, Y or Z available. I hope you liked it. It was a fun job to gather all the information. West Michigan White Caps: West Michigan Baseball, Inc. (as the fledgling team was then called) ran a …

Origin of Minor League team names: V

Since 2004 I am addicted to Minor League baseball. Not that it is easy to attend a game when you live in the Netherlands, but I love the way those clubs are more focused on families, children and the related entertainment. In 2008 I attended my first Minor League game at Adelanto, CA. The High …

Origin of Minor League team names: S

S Sacramento RiverCats: The word River refers to the Sacramento river. It isn’t the first ball club where a characteristic of the area and the word “cat” are put together to create a name for the club. Salem Red Sox: Another fine example of a club run and owned by the parent club with the …