Baseball Shorts: A no-hitter retroactively

In today's episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to a no-hitter that wasn't celebrated after the final out as it was only ruled a nono after the end of the game. On May 6, 1917, a scoring change by a panel of sportswriters after the game turned the game into a no-hitter. The panel …

Minor League history: Oswego Netherlands

A special piece of Minor League history today. Since this is a blog, mainly about Dutch baseball, the club in today's limelight is a perfect fit for this blog: the Oswego Netherlands of the Canadian-American League. The Oswego Netherlands was named after the local Netherlands Milk and Ice Cream Company. The team was one of …

Today in baseball: From high school to MLB in 20 days

Today, 46 years ago, David Clyde made his debut in the Majors with the Texas Rangers. Nothing special one would say. Well, the path he followed to get there was rather intriguing to put it mildly.  David Clyde had a stellar high school career with Westchester High School, located in Houston. Clyde helped them to …

Today in baseball: Uniform number debut

Today, 90 years ago, the uniform numbers debuted in baseball. Even though the Cleveland Indians had experimented with numbers on their sleeves in 1916, they came with this novelty on Opening Day 1929. In fact, the Yankees would have been the first to play with uniform numbers as the club announced in January 1929 that …

1962, the year Don Newcombe went to Japan

Don Newcombe, the legendary pitcher of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who recently passed away, had a "secret" I did not know about. In the final year of his baseball career, Newcomb played in Japan. Not as a pitcher but as a position player. In 1962, the year the New York Yankees won their last World Series …

2019 will be Sabathia’s last season

Today, New York Yankees' starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia announced his retirement after the 2019 season. The tall lefthander will have spent a total of nineteen seasons in the Major Leagues then. During a press conference in Tampa, during the Yankees' Spring Training, Sabathia told the attendants he will hang up his spikes after the 2019 …

Double C PDC extension

The Cleveland Indians and the Lake County Captains have announced the extension of their Player Development Contract today. The new contract will run through the 2020 season. The Cleveland Indians are the only team the Captains have been affiliated with during their existence. Even when the team still played at Columbus, Georgia in the South …

Didi Gregorius reaches 700 game mile stone

Last night, Didi Gregorius played his 700th MLB game. In the 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners, Didi went 1 for 4.  With that 700th game, Didi set a record of most MLB games played by a Dutch-born player, overtaking Bert Blyleven, who participated in 699 games in his extensive career. Next, to the 692 …

Scrappers staying in Niles for 15 more years

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, A short-season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, announced they have extended the lease with the Cafaro Company with 15 years, keeping them at Eastwood Field through the 2033 season. After signing a two-year extension with the Indians, this is even more good news for the fans of the New York-Penn League franchise. …

Final Big League Weekend at Cashman Field

Last weekend, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians took on each other in the annual Las Vegas Big League Weekend. This event is organized every year and hosts two MLB clubs to play a set of spring training games in Sin City. This year's edition was the very last held at Cashman Field as …

Chief Wahoo logo gone after 2018

Perhaps one of the most recognizable logos in Major League Baseball is nearing its end. Under pressure of Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians will get rid of the logo after the 2018 season.  Major League Baseball said the symbol was no longer appropriate. This results in the disappearance of the logo from baseball. You …

Overview Dutchie top fifty prospects

In the previous article, you could read about Tom de Blok and his entrance in the Tigers' prospect top 50. But there are more players from the Dutch kingdom who are in the top fifty of their club's prospect list. An overview.  Zander Wiel Zander Wiel, son of  Randy Wiel, former assistant coach of the Los …

International League PDC extensions

Yesterday, two AAA farm teams announced the extension of their PDC with the parent clubs. Both PDC were extended with two years through the 2020 season. The Louisville Bats and their parent club the Cincinnati Reds announced the extension of their PDC. The contract was set to expire after the 2018 season. “The Reds are …

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 …

Indians add Sicnarf Loopstok to ST roster

Another Dutchie has been added to an MLB spring training roster. The Cleveland Indians have added Aruban minor league catcher Sicnarf Loopstok to their spring training roster. Sicnarf is an anagram of Francis.  Yesterday, the Indians announced through their transaction page, that Sicnarf was added to their roster. The 23-year old Western Oklahoma State College alumn is …

Dutchies in MLB Spring Training

The spring training exhibition games are well underway. How do the players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands perform? Here is an overview of yesterday’s games. A very short one today. With most MLB players preparing for the World Baseball Classic in Korea now and none of the minor leaguers getting an appearance yesterday, we are …

Ray-Patrick Didder debuts with Braves, Juremi Profar with Rangers

Two Dutchies debuted in MLB spring training today. The Atlanta Braves added Ray-Patrick Didder from Aruba today and he debuted immediately. The 22-year old will start his fourth season in professional baseball in 2017. Juremi Profar debuted with the Texas Rangers as he started the game at shortstop after being added to the roster yesterday. One …

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