MLB to Take Care of Housing Costs of MiLB Players in 2022

Great news. Yesterday an Instagram post floated around the internet. The post stated that MLB would take care of the cost of housing of their MiLB players. But since Instagram posts are not really official, yours truly waited with posting about it. But now ballparkdigest.com is coming with the news, one can say it is …

Minor League Baseball Signs Deal With Marvel

Marvel and Minor League Baseball. It is not an uncommon sight. Many Minor League Clubs organize special themed nights/days on which the teams wear specialized jerseys with a Marvel theme like Captain America. But this will be more intense as Minor League Baseball and Marvel have signed a three year deal. Last week, the two …

Advocates For Minor Leaguers is Doing a Great Job

For the first time in about seventy years, the voice of minor league players is heard. For the first time there is an organization that is a champion for their rights. All this thanks to Advocates for Minor Leaguers. For decades, minor league players have been vastly underpaid. They were/are supposed to stay in shape …

M(i)LB Extends AAA Season by Ten Games

MiLB has announced it will extend the AAA season by ten games. To give these ten games some "meaning" it will be called Final Stretch and the winner of it will be rewarded a prize... The regular AAA season will end on September 19 (AAA West) and September 21 (AAA East). The champions for each …

Elizabethton RiverRiders Present Home Jersey

The Elizabethton RiverRiders of the Appalachian League has presented its home jersey on Twitter. A basic but very nice jersey. Of course, the jersey is white. The fabric is a kind of mesh. The sleeves are adorned with a blue piping at the bottom but that is about it when it comes to decoration. The …

Origin of Minor League Team Names, a Reprise: T

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.  This time the letter: T Tacoma …

Corona is causing a major problem for minor leaguers

Two days ago, Major League Baseball announced to cease all activities of spring training and to push back the start of the season with two weeks. Not nice but regarding the problems the coronavirus is causing, the move is understandable. For Major Leaguers it will have no financial consequences. Minor Leaguers, on the other hand, …

Missoula Osprey become PaddleHeads

In January 2019, the Advanced Rookie affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Missoula Osprey announced it wanted to change its name. After a name the team contest, PaddleHeads earned the most votes of the remaining names. What is a PaddleHead?, I hear you ask. Well, the antlers of a moose are called paddles. And that …

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 …

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 …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Shawn Zarraga

With Spring Training at full swing now, 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 …

Dutchies in the US: Where will they start the 2015 season?

With spring training around the corner, I thought it would be nice to give an overview of Dutch and Netherlands Antillian players who play in the US at various levels. I will drag those players into the spotlight that play on MLB, AAA, AA, A Advanced, A Full Season, A Short Season and Rookie (Appalachian …