Rick van den Hurk Calls it a (Professional) Career

Dutch right-handed pitcher Rick van den Hurk officially announced his professional retirement today. Through his Instagram account he announced to end his professional career after twenty years. Rick van den Hurk during his presentation with the Yakult Swallows The thirty-six year old righty, was born in Eindhoven and debuted in professional baseball in 2003 with …

What’s up with those new MiLB team names?

There was a time, especially in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, when minor league affiliates were just named after their parent club. Even nowadays there are still quite some teams that are named after their name sake. Take the Braves' farm teams for example. 90% of them is called Braves as well. Sure it …

Another new minor league team name

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp  wasn't the only team to unveil its new name today. The Texas Rangers A Advanced affiliate in Kinston NC, previously known as the High Desert Mavericks, did the same. After a name the team contest fans could choose from five names: Hogzillas, HamHawks, Eagles, Shaggers and Wood Ducks. Most of the …

Minor League History: Far West League

The Far West League saw the light in 1948 and was located mainly in California but also had two teams playing in Oregon and one in Nevada.  The league was rated as a class D league and lasted for four years before it folded. Cities represented: Eugene, OR Eugene Larks 1950-1951 Klamath Falls, OR Klamath Falls Gems …

Zephyrs new name finalists and PDC extension

A combined article about the finalists in the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA, Miami Marlins)  name-the-team-contest and a PDC extenstion. As you all could read here, the New Orleans Zephyrs are about to change their name through a name-the-team-contest. The name Zephyrs dates back to the days that the team was still located in Denver and …

Stadium in Fayetteville feasible, dark clouds above Cal League teams

A feasibility study about the possibility of a minor league ballpark in Fayetteville had a positive outcome for the city. According to the study 4,500 seat ballpark could be created. The study also stated that 88% of the interviewed persons said that they would likely go to a game in the new ballpark in the …

Minor League history: Eastern Iowa League

As many know Iowa baseball from the movie Field of Dreams ("Is this heaven?" "No, this is Iowa."), Iowa has quite a history when it comes to (minor league) baseball. After early baseball was played in Iowa in short-lived leagues like the Nortwestern League (1879), the Central Inter-State League (1888) and the Illinois-Iowa League (1890), …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Calten Daal

With Spring Training in full swing 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 previous …

My top ten of Minor League jerseys

After posts about my favorite MLB caps, MiLB caps and MLB jersey, it is time to post my ten favorite Minor League jerseys (past and present). 10. Spokane Indians alternate jersey The Spokane Indians are the A Short Season affiliation of the Texas Rangers. The club honors the local Salish tribe with a jersey that …

Yard Goats to start season on the road

The Hartford Yard Goats will start their season on the road. Recently you could read here that the new stadium, Dunkin' Donuts Park, will not be ready in time. It looks like that the delay will be about a month. Sounds familiar doesn't it?  Last season the stadium of the Biloxi Shuckers wasn't ready in …

Minor League history: California State League

Through the twentieth century there have been three different organized leagues that named themselves the California State League. Before the 1910 CSL, there was another California State League, but that was a so called outlaw league that wasn't acknowledged by the National Commission. The league lasted from 1907 through 1909 but ran aground because the league …

Savannah SandGnats to be the new team in Columbia, SC

Those who follow Minor League Baseball a bit, knew that Columbia in South Carolina would get a new team. The construction of the new stadium is well underway and it is supposed to be ready in 2016. In the meantime there was a name the team contest organized and the new name of the team …

West Virginia Black Bears release club logo

Today the newest NY-Penn League member, the West Virginia Black Bears released its new logo. Of course the club itself is not new, it only moved form Jamestown NY to Morgantown WV where it will play at Monongalia County Ballpark which it shares with the West Virginia Mountaineers. The logo shows a black bear, the …

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