65 years ago Eddie Gaedel had his sole at bat

Today, 65 years ago, Eddie Gaedel had his only at bat for the St. Louis Browns as part of a publicity stunt of Browns owner Bill Veeck In a time in which the St. Louis Browns were a cellar dwellar and political correctness was still unknown to the world, Browns owner Bill Veeck looked for a …

Adam Laroche’s retirement is a fishy tale

I guess that you all have heard about the retirement of Chicago White Sox' DH Adam Laroche. Some hazy stories surrounds this sudden retirement. Both parties, the White Sox and LaRoche tell a version of the story that doesn't quite match the other. In 2015, Adam Laroche signed a two year deal with the White …

The phenomenon baseball clown

There was a time when Major League Baseball had a similar approach as Minor League Baseball has now. The game was more fun. Players fooled around and there was pre game and in-between-innings entertainment, arranged by baseball clowns. Players like Wiliam Schaefer (Washington Senators), Al Schacht (also Washington Senators) and the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals, known …

Lots of news from Minor League land

The last few days there have been a couple of PDC extensions between MLB clubs and their affiiates. Yesterday the news was announced that the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Kansas City Royals have extended their Player Development Contract with two more years through the 2018 season. It doesn't come as a surprise because both …

Rumors, rumors, trade rumors: Samardzija to Yankees?

With the trading deadline nearing, the rumors about players are swirling around. The Yankees would be interested in Jeff Samardzija of the White Sox. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Samardzija would be a good fit with the Yankees. Samardzija's ERA is at 4.33. Noramlly I tend to say that an ERA like this …

Now these are the promotions that I like

I have written posts about silly promotions in the Minor Leagues, about the silly jerseys that they will sport this season and about the food that they offer. It is all nice, but those are not the promotions that get me excited. No, the promotions that I like will be at MLB ballparks this year. …

Youkilis joins Epstein at Cubs

Former Red Sock, White Sock and Yankee, Kevin Youkilis has joined the Chicago Cubs as special assistent. Youkilis who played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan last year, announced his retirement in October 2014. Youkilis was drafted before Epstein was in charge but he got his call up in 2004 when he played 72 …

Allowing Pete Rose to HOF will create a precedent

This morning I read at Fox Sports.com that the new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is willing to open the door of Cooperstown for Pete Rose. Normally Pete Rose would have been a fix for the Hall of Fame, but in his role as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, he bet on games in which his …

Marlins sign Ichiro to one year deal

The Miami Marlins signed Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year deal worth around $2 million. Buster Olney expects that no kind of option will be added. Ichiro, 41 years old, will be the Marlins' fourth outfielder. In that role he will probably not reach 3,000 hits this season, since the Marlins outfield is containing three young …

Lester to Cubs, Robertson to cross town rivals. What’s next for the Yankees?

Yesterday both Chicago teams caught some big fishes. The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed Jon Lester to a six year $155 million contract. Despite efforts of Red Sox owner John Henry to get him back to Beantown, Lester opted for the Cubs. Why? Probably because of a couple of former Red Sox front office guys who …

Origin of Minor League team names: I

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 …