Traditional alignment will disappear with introduction of DH in National League

For a couple of days, rumors are floating around that MLB wants to introduce the designated hitter in the National League in the upcoming season. If this is really the case, it will signal the end of baseball as we know it. Not only will a diverse baseball landscape disappear in which two leagues have …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Xander Bogaerts

With Spring Training around the corner 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 …

Minor League history: Connecticut (State) League

The Connecticut League started as the Connecticut State League in 1884. In 1902 classifications were given to minor leagues for the first time. The Connecticut League, as it was renamed in 1901, got a class D classification but it was upgraded to class B in 1905. At the start the league was an independent league …

The relationship between the Yankees and the cancelled World Series of 1904

Today 111 years ago, John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants, announced that if the Giants would win the NL pennant, they would not play the American League champion. The Boston Americans/Pilgrims/Red Sox won the pennant of the Junior Circuit and the World Series were not played. What was the reason for this behaviour by the …

How the Orioles became the Yankees

Ever wondered how the New York Yankees came into exsitence? Believe it or not, but the club that would become the New York Yankees has it's origin in Baltimore. In 1900 the National League contracted from twelve teams to eight. Together with the Washington Senators, Louisville Colonels, St. Louis Perfectos, the Baltimore Orioles were dissolved. …

Is Jack Chesbro HOF worthy?

I bumped into a comment about Jack Chesbro, the famed pitcher that still holds one of the longest standing records in Major League Baseball. The comment claims that Chesbro was only elected to the HOF because of his 1904 season. Jack Chesbro was born as John Dwight Cheesbro on June 5 1874 in Houghtonvill, Massachusetts. …

Petco Park 2016 homefield for American League?

As you may have heard or read, San Diego was awarded the 2016 All Star Game. With the Marlins awarded the 2017 edition, three consecutive All Star Games will be played in National League Ballparks. Beautiful Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, will be the venue of the 2016 All Star Game How …

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