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 …

Last Appalachian League team unveils moniker

The former Princeton Rays have unveiled its new name today. Since the club, like the other ones, was left alone by their parent clubs to safe money and the Appy League became a collegiate wood bat league, the Princeton franchise had to look for a different name. The new name is Princeton WhistlePigs. What's a …

Danville Baseball Unveils Moniker

It has been announced for at least two weeks. The former Danville Braves of the Appalachian League, would unveil its new moniker today. After three decades, the team from Danville finally has its own identity. Today the club presented its new name after, like the complete Appalachian League, was pushed aside by MLB in order …

The Next Appy League Team Unveils New Identity

The former Bluefield Blue Jays have announced its new moniker and logo as one of the latest of the Appalachian League teams. The Appalachian League turned into a collegiate wood bat league after MLB cut two levels of professional baseball in a money grab move. The new name of the former Bluefield Blue Jays is …

Pulaski Yankees become River Turtles

The Appalachian League franchise Pulaski Yankees were the next team to adopt its name after the Appalachian League was demoted to become a wood bat collegiate league. After the Burlington Sock Puppets, the Bristol State Liners, the Johnson City Doughboys, the Elizabethton River Riders, the Greenville Flyboys, and the Kingsport Axmen, the Yankees were the …

Also Elizabethton’s Appy League Franchise Rebrands

More news from the MLB "partner" league, the Appalachian League. The former Elizabethton Twins have changed its moniker and logo, the team announced through a press release. The new name of the team is Elizabethton River Riders. “We are so excited for the River Riders to be the future of Elizabethton Baseball. Not only is …

Another Appy League Team Rebrands

Just in: The former Johnson City Cardinals, the St. Louis namesake in the Appalachian League, has announced its new name and logo. The team will compete under the name Johnson City Doughboys. According to a Tweet by @benzbis, Doughboys was slang for US infantry men at the European theatre in World War I. From 1935, …

First two rebrandings in Appy League are a done deal

With the Appalachian League becoming a collegiate wood bat league, so MLB owners can still follow the talented players without having to pay for them, the teams will rebrand to get rid of the former parent clubs' names. Yesterday, two new names and logos were presented. Sure this is a bit of old news, but …

Overview of Teams That Have Been Kicked out of MiLB So Far

It all started with a list of 42 teams that should be kicked out of affiliated ball. Now a year later, what is the status? How many of these 42 teams have really been kicked out of Minor League Baseball? The following leagues and their teams are not affiliated anymore. They have been demoted to …

2019 Minor League Champions

With the Minor League season over more a bit more than a month, it is time for an overview of the champions of each league, varying from AAA to Advanced Rookie. International League (AAA) With a three-run home run by Brady Zimmer, the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians affiliate) took the lead in the championship clincher …

Today in baseball: Game canceled due to lack of balls

Today, eighty-two years ago, an Appalachian League game was called because there were no balls left to play with. The Newport Canners was one of the inaugural members of the Appalachian League's restart in1937. The team, named after its local main industry, would stay six years in the Appy League but in those years the …

2018 Minor League Champions overview

The minor league season came to an end yesterday as the Bowling Green HotRods beat the Peoria Chiefs in the fourth game of the Midwest League championship series. Here is an overview of the winners of each affiliated minor league. AAA Both in the International League and the Pacific Coast League last year's champions repeated. …

Another Dutchie promoted to higher level

The last couple of days, you could read here about players from the Dutch Kingdom who were promoted to a higher level in Minor League Baseball. This is another post like that. This time Zander Wiel has been promoted from A Advanced to AA. On Instagram, I bumped into this post where Zander was shown …

New Appy League team sports logo with local twist

A few months ago, it became clear the Cincinnati Reds would replace the Houston Astros in the Appalachian League. With the Reds jumping in, they fill a void in Greenville that was left after the Astros pulled out of the Appalachian League. Yesterday the Cincinnati Reds presented their Rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League.  Since every …

Enough interest to replace Greeneville Astros

After the Houston Astros said goodbye to Greeneville and the Appalachian League after the 2017 season, three clubs have shown interest in replacing the Texas-based team in the Appalachian League. The Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians have made clear they are willing to replace the Astros in Greeneville. It is a …

Astros leave void in Appalachian League

The Houston Astros announced they will not return to the Appalachian League next year, thus leaving a hole in the ten-team league. The Greeneville Astros joined the Appy League in 2004 and reached the championship series twice, winning one in 2015. All teams in the Appy League are owned by their MLB name sakes. Astros …

Impressive Appalachian League debut for Van der Meer

It doesn't look like Stijn van der Meer is impressed by the opposing pitchers so far. In two games at Gulf Coast League level, Van der Meer collected four hit in six at bats, of which one was a triple. Next to his .667 BA he put up the following numbers: OBP .667, slugging percentage …

Appalachian League eyes possible expansion for 2016

The Appalachian League (Rookie), where Dutch (Antillian) players Gianfranco Wawoe, Ozaino Albies and Danny Arribas have played in 2014, may expand despite messages of a few years ago that the league would contract. A new trend is dawning: MLB teams are looking to add more rookie league teams. The Appalachian League could be a perfect …