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” …

Minor League Affiliation News

In the last few days, there has been a lot of PDC extensions. The Baltimore Orioles extended the player development contracts with five of their affiliations and the Cincinnati Reds did the same with their Advanced Rookie team of the Pioneer League, the Billings Mustangs. The Baltimore Orioles extended the PDCs with the Norfolk Tides …

Sharlon Schoop back at AAA

Sharlon Schoop is back with the Norfolk Tides. The Curaçaoan infielder was placed on the roster of the Aberdeen IronBirds at the start of the Minor League season.  After he was added to the Tides roster, Sharlon was put in the lineup immediately. In the 7-3 loss vs the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Sharlon …

Orioles promote Kirvin Moesquit to A Full Season

The Delmarva Shorebirds announced their 2018 Break Camp roster, which is actually the opening day roster for the upcoming minor league season. New on this roster is 23-year old Curaçao native Kirvin Moesquit. Kirvin spent the previous two seasons with the A Short Season Aberdeen Ironbirds in the New York-Penn League. He hit .276 for the …

Tom de Blok debuts as starting pitcher

Last night, Dutch pitcher Tom de Blok debuted as a starting pitcher with the Connecticut Tigers. The parent club from Detroit think Tom, who used to be a reliever/closer in the Dutch leagues, can be converted into a starter.  The 21-year old pitcher from Amstelveen in the Netherlands started in the second game of the …

Sharlon Schoop extends contract with O’s

Yesterday it was announced that Sharlon Schoop, older brother of Jonathan, has extended his stay with the Baltimore Orioles by another year. The 29-year old infielder from Curacao will return on a minor league contract. 2017 will be Schoop's fourth year in the organization of the Orioles after he spent time in the farm systems of …

Aberdeen IronBirds for sale

Ripken Baseball, the company run by the the Ripken Brothers Cal and Billy, is looking to sell a majority stake of the Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles A Short Season affiliate in the New York-Penn League).  The two brothers have been acting in Minor League Baseball and youth baseball for more than a decade. In previous years …

Alphabetical affiliation news

The O's have extended their player development contract with their A Short Season affiliate, while the M's have embraced a new AA club in the Arkansas Travelers. The Baltimore Orioles and the Aberdeen IronBirds (A Short Season, New York-Penn League) have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The …

“New” Dutchies in the Minors

This blog post is about players from Curacao that have made  steps at Advanced Rookie League or higher. I lost track of some of them, so it is time to place them in the limelight. After a long period on the inactive list, John Polonius is finally playing again. After a rehab stint with the …

Origin of Minor League team names: A

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 …

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