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” …

Ballparks around the world: Isotopes Park

Isotopes Park, home of the Albuquerque Isotopes is a state of the art ballpark even though it is almost sixteen years old. The earth colors fit very well in the New Mexico desert landscape. A lot in this ballpark breathes Simpsons. This all is linked to an episode of the Matt Groening cartoon. In that …

Rockies extend PDC with Isotopes

The Colorado Rockies have extended the player development contract with their AAA affiliate Albuquerque Isotopes with two more years. The current contract will expire in 2018 so the new deal will link the two through the 2020 season. The two clubs are in the third year of the cooperation that was signed in 2015. “The …

Ode to (Simpsons’) Springfield in Fresno

The Fresno Grizzlies will have a tribute to Springfield promotion on June 29 when they take on the Albuquerque Isotopes. With this promotion, the Grizzlies will wear the Simpsons based jerseys with drawings in the style of the cartoon series. Likely it is no coincidence the Grizzlies are wearing these jerseys as they take on …

John Polonius promoted to AAA

After Eugene Helder was promoted from the DSL Mariners to AAA Tacoma the other day, the same somewhat mind-boggling move was made by the San Francisco Giants organization as they promoted John Polonius to AAA Sacramento RiverCats from extended spring training. At the start of the 2017 season, John was placed on the roster of …

Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers?

Naming baseball teams after food for one day is becoming a trend. Of course, the first team that was named after food are the Montgomery Biscuits. But since the Fresno Grizzlies adopted their Fresno Tacos moniker, more and more teams are adopting a food moniker for one day. The next team who is adopting a …

Good performance in WBC brings Jurrjens new contract

As one of the few Dutchie free agents, Jair Jurrjens has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Only four days after the World Baseball Classic, the pitcher from Curacao signed a deal with an MLB organization. Jair Jurrjens was still without a club after he was released by the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions …

Jurrjens has tryout with Royals

Former MLB pitcher Jair Jurrjens is currently participating in the spring training camp of team Kingdom of the Netherlands in preparation for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Apparently, scouts of the Kansas City Royals liked what they saw and thus, Jurrjens received an invitation for a tryout. The former All-Star pitched in a session in front …

Reshuffling AAA baseball, worth a thought?

At the end of last season, two California League teams were moved to the East coast to join the Carolina League. The ten team CAL League shrunk to eight teams, while the Carolina League grew to a ten. The reason for this move was purely financial, as the two teams that were moved, the High …

Can the WBC be saved?

Yesterday you could read a blog post about the questionable future of the World Baseball Classic. According to ESPN reporter, Chrsitian Moreno, several insiders have stated that the 2017 edition may be the last if the tournament will not make enough money. According to one of the Tweets of Moreno, the organization isn't advertising the …

Roger Bernadina heading to Korea

Roger Bernadina, the outfielder from Curacao and player of team Kingdom of the Netherlands, will continue his career in the KBO as he has signed a deal with the Kia Tigers.  Last season Roger played for the AAA affilate of the New York Mets in the Pacific Coast League. Despite having a decent season he wasn't …

David Dahl makes his presence felt

Not so long ago, David Dahl was still playing with the Albuquerque Isotopes before he was called up to Denver to join the Colorado Rockies. But after his call up, Dahl hit safely in sixteen games. With those sixteen consecutive games with at least one basehit, he tied the Rockies club record of Juan Pierre. Today …

More themed jerseys

In the past few weeks, many MiLB clubs presented their promotional schedule. There will be a variety of promotions like giving away bobbleheads or refrigerator magnets. Also varioius themed jerseys will be part of these promotional nights. I think that the Fort Myers Miracle come up with the best themed jersey so far this season. …

More silly jerseys in MiLB

Recently you could read a blog post about silly jerseys that will be worn in the Minors throughout 2016. Recently two clubs came up with more jerseys which are designed around a theme night. First of all the New Hampshire FisherCats use the upcoming presidential elections for a themed  night. Of course New Hampshire is …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Roger Bernadina

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 …

Mets sign Roger Bernadina to minor league contract

The New York Mets and Roger Bernadina have agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation for Spring Training. The Curacao native played several years for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals organization, debuting in the Bigs in 2008 and having his best season in 2012 when he hit .291 with five homeruns and eleven doubles. During …

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 …

Damon Berryhill PCL manager of the year

One doesn't need to be a great player to become a good manager....  Damon Berryhill proved this yesterday as he was voted the best manager of the Pacific Coast League. Atlanta Braves fans will remember Berryhill as the catcher that caught for the Braves during the 1992 World Series vs the Toronto Blue Jays in …

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