Pioneer League releases 2021 schedule

The "independent" Pioneer League has released its first schedule as a not affiliated league. In November last year, it was announced the league would become a partner league of MLB but it would not be part of affiliated ball anymore. The eight teams of the league will each play a 96-game schedule (20 more that …

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 …

Pioneer League Becomes “Independent” Partner League of MLB

Next to the announcement of the Draft League, earlier today, MLB came with another press release today. In this press release it was unveiled that the Pioneer League will continue to exist. Not as an affiliated league but as an independent partner league of MLB. According to the press release, the Pioneer League will transition …

Origins of Minor League team names, a reprise: B

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. This time the letter B.  B: …

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 …

Reds promote Hendrik Clementina

Hendrik Clementina has been promoted to A Full Season Dayton Dragons by the Cincinnati Reds. Last season he played at A Short Season with the Billings Mustangs. The 20-year old catcher will play his fifth season in 2018. Curaçao native Clementina made his first steps with the Dodgers in the Dominican Summer League. After two …

Reds PDC news

In the ever moving world of player development contracts and affiliations there some news to tell. The Cincinnati Reds and their Pioneer League (Advanced Rookie) affiliate, the Billings Mustangs have extended their PDC with two more years through the 2018 season. When the new contract expires the cooperation between the two teams will have lasted …

Misja Harcksen: So far, so good

The other week, Dutch pitcher Misja Harcksen was promoted to the Ogden Raptors (High Rookie, Pioneer League) again. Just like last year he spent most of the time at Arizona League Level and was promoted early August. As reported earlier, Misja was hit hard in his first appearance of the AZL season which made his …

Dutchie baseball news

Even though his player page and the roster of the Billings Mustangs tell a different story, Baseball America announced today that the Cincinnati Reds have released Curacao born outfielder Jonathan Martijn. Jonathan Martijn was born in 1994 in Willemstad, Curacao. At the age of 19 he signed a deal with the Cincinnati Reds. Later that …

Dutchies in the Minor League play offs

Last night a couple of Dutchies participated in the various minor league play offs agian. Here is an overview. AAA The Norfolk Tides tied the series at one with a 6-1 victory over the Columbus Sharlon Schoop went 1 for 3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. In the bottom of the third …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: New York Yankees

I have been looking forward to do this one. Not only because it is about my favorite team but most of all because it is about my favorite  player on that team by far. Today in "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization":       Number of Dutchies: 1 Didi Gregorius: Didi Gregorius has the very same …

Dutchies in the Minor League play offs

The season is nearing its end. In the minors the play offs have started. In general most of the Dutchies did not fare well with their teams yesterday. AAA Sharlon Schoop went 1 for 3 for the Norfolk Tides in a 5-2 loss vs the Columbus Clippers. Sharlon drove the ball towards center field for a single. …

Origin of Minor League team names: B

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 …