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: …

Tom De Blok tabbed with loss in A-Advanced debut

Last night, Dutch RHP Tom de Blok made his A-Advanced debut in the Florida State League. It was one he won't fondly remember. Tom lasted only three innings in which he gave up four runs, of which three were earned, as the Lakeland Flying Tigers lost to the Bradenton Marauders 7-3. Tom started the game …

Another Dutchie in the CanAm League

Until today, Kalian Sams was the sole player from the Kingdom of the Netherlands playing in the CanAm League. Until today... Today Danny Arribas signed a deal with the Rockland Boulders, the current leader in the standings of the CanAm League. Arribas got available for the Boulders after he was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates …

Dutchies around the world, part 6

In this week's edition of Dutchies around the world, we pay attention to Xander Bogaerts, Shairon Martis, Spencer Kieboom, Danny Arribas, Kevin Josephina and Wladimir Balentien. Xander Bogaerts The Aruban shortstop of the Boston Red Sox is having a good season at bat again. In 34 games and 131 at-bats, Xander collected 44 hits, resulting …

Pittsburgh adds Lithuanian pitcher to 40-man roster

For the first time in MLB history, a player from Lithuania has been placed on a team's 40-man roster. The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Dovydas Neverauskas on their 40-man roster to keep him safe from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Apparently the Pirates are very high on him. Neverauskas was signed by the Pirates, directly from Vilnius, …

Pitcher from Lithuania gets ST invite

This is far from Dutch baseball news, but it sure is worth mentioning because you hardly hear anything about Lithuanian baseball. Lithuanian right handed pitcher, Dovydas Neverauskas has received an invitation for the MLB Spring Training camp of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 23-year old will report at Bradenton, the Pirates ST facility and also home of …

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 …

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