Origins of Minor League team names, a reprise: C

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: C Carolina Mudcats: …

Calten Daal signs with Twins

Curaçao shortstop Calten Daal has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. After seven years with the Cincinnati Reds he opted for free agency. Daal broke into professional baseball in 2013 as he made his first steps with the AZL Reds (rookie). Later that season, Calten was promoted to Advanced Rookie-level (Pioneer League, …

Reds return to Chattanooga

After an absence of ten years, the Cincinnati Reds have returned to Chattanooga. The MLB club signed a two year Player Development Contract with the local Lookouts (AA Southern League) that will run through the 2020 season. When the Reds moved on after the 2008 season, the Dodgers jumped in and stayed in Chattanooga for …

Zander Wiel added to Southern League Post Season All-Star team

Zander Wiel has received the honor to be added to the Southern League Post Season All-Star team. The son of a Curaçao born father was in the top two of the rankings in two offensive categories. After a decent season at A Advanced last year he got a promotion to AA and he never betrayed …

Rickwood Classic to be played in Rickwood Field again today

After a year of absence, Rickwood Field is back as the venue where the Rickwood Classic is played. Last season, much-needed repairs forced the turn-back-the-clock game to be canceled. This year, the Birmingham Barons will host the Chattanooga Lookouts. The Barons will wear throwback grey uniforms and caps from the fifties with text in the …

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 …

Baseball related songs: “The cheap seats” by Alabama

In this episode of Baseball related songs, we pay attention to the song "The cheap seats" of the American country music group Alabama. The song is the third track of their album Cheap Seats. The song "The cheap seats" is completely about minor league baseball. It is about a town not big enough for MLB …

Two minor leagues cancel championship series due to Irma

Both the Florida State League and the Southern League have announced to cancel their championship series due to the upcoming hurricane Irma. Irma will likely hit Florida on Sunday. The Florida State League announced that the winners of both Division Series will be declared co-champions. As the Dunedin Blue Jays won the North Division by …

Loek van Mil and Max Kepler will be team mates

Since I didn't hear much about Loek van Mil and his preparation for the upcoming season, I decided to check the roster of the Minnesota Twins' AAA affiliate, the Rochester RedWings. Of course it was announced earlier this week that the Twins had sent Max Kepler to theirAAA farm team, but it didn't ring a …

Chattanooga Lookouts un-dodgerize

After the Chattanooga Lookouts joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2009 the team adopted uniforms that were leaning towards a Dodger look. They abandoned the traditional red cap and turned to Dodger blue. Now the team has joined the Twins organization in 2015 it was time to get a new look and to return …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Kenley Jansen

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 …

Biscuits baseball: Montgomery’s play off dreams are over

After having lost the third game of the North Divison championship series vs Chattanooga 7-3, the Biscuits fell 4-1 to the Lookouts yesterday. In the bottom of the second, the Biscuits took a 1-0 lead, thanks to a homerun hit by Jake Bauers. But the Lookouts took the lead in the top of the third …

Biscuits baseball: Southern League Division Series, Game One

Last night, the Biscuits took on the Lookouts in Chattanooga for the first game of the divison series of the Southern League. In a close game, Chattanooga stayed at the right side of the score. Until the ninth inning, the Biscuits' pitching was rather dominating. Starting pitcher Jamie Schultz pitched five innings, giving up a …

Montgomery Biscuits are play off bound

On Monday August 31, the Montgomery Biscuits clinched the North division of the Southern League. After a  2-0 win over the Mobile BayBears, the Birmingham Barons were eliminated from contention. Right now the Barons have even been overtaken by the Tennessee Smokies. The regular season will last another four games in which the Biscuits will …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: Los Angeles Dodgers

After a few short episodes, this time a rather long one. In this epidose of  "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization": Number of Dutchies: 7 Kenley Jansen: Kenley was signed by the Dodgers in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. In the first two years of his career he played for the Gulf Coast …

SandGnats to be named Fireflies in 2016

The Savannah SandGnats will move to Columbia SC next season. The team from the owner Hardball Capital, which also owns the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Salem RedSox and the Chattanooga Lookouts, will be called the Columbia Fireflies. The New York Mets affiliate will play in Spirit Communications Park in downtown Columbia starting in April, …

Ozhaino Albies and Max Kepler selected for World Team in Futures game

Curacao native Ozhaino Albies has received an invitation for the Futures Game, the yearly event that precedes the All Star Game and features the most talented players from the Minor Leagues. It is the first time that a player from Curacao receives an invitation for the Futures Game since Jurickson Profar played in the game. …

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