Origin of Minor League Team names, a Reprise: D

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: D Danville Braves: …

Tortugas Dodgerized for the occasion

In the past few years, you could read several posts about my aversion to minor league clubs adopting the identity of the parent club. Good examples are the Dodgers' and Braves' farm teams. But sometimes adoptions like that are inevitable.  On April 17, 18, and 19 the Daytona Tortugas will be Dodgerized for the occasion …

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, …

Why Daytona should not be contracted

Recently MLB unfolded new plans to contract 42 minor league teams. The made-up reason by MLB is that many MiLB facilities do not live up to today's standards. One of those teams is the Daytona Tortugas, the A-Advanced affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. This is a plea why Daytona should NOT be contracted. First of …

Chadwick Tromp promoted to AAA

In a move to fill a void on the Louisville Bats' roster, the Cincinnati Reds have promoted Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp to their International League affiliate. The Reds made plenty of roster moves the other day, a string of catcher promotions as a part of it. Cassidy Brown was promoted from the Daytona Tortugas (A …

Tromp drives in walk-off run

He may not be known by many Cincinnati Reds fans, but Aruban Chadwick Tromp drove in the winning (walk off) run for the Reds vs the Chicago White Sox in yesterday's Cactus League game. The (almost) 23-year old Aruban, is in his fifth professional season. Last year he was promoted to AA Pensacola, where he spent …

Chadwick Tromp gets invitation for MLB Spring Training camp

Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp has received an invitation to the MLB Spring Training camp of the Cincinnati Reds in 2018. In his fifth year with the Reds organization, Chadwick has worked his way up to AA (Southern League) Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This invitation is a reward for his hard work both at bat and behind …

Bob Ross night with Daytona Tortugas

Some of the older readers may remember him. Bob Ross. The painter with his own TV show in which he painted landscapes with just a few brushstrokes (happy little trees). The Daytona Tortugas (A-Advanced Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in the Florida State League) will have a Bob Ross night in order to honor the late painter …

Chadwick Tromp added to Daytona Tortugas roster

Finally, after an extended Spring Training, Aruban catcher Chadwick Tromp has been added to the roster of the Daytona Tortugas (A-Advanced affiliated of the Cincinnati Reds in the Florida State League). Another player from the Dutch Kingdom, Calten Daal from Curacao was also placed on the roster of the Tortugas According to his player page, …

Dutchies around the world: the minor leagues

Yesterday it was opening day in the minor leagues (AAA, AA, A-Advanced and A Full Season). Quite some players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands have made their first strides in the 2017 season. Here is an overview of those who played yesterday. Ozhaino Albies batted leadoff for the Gwinnett Braves vs the Durham Bulls. Unfortunately, his season …

Dutchies in the minors so far in the 2016 season

There are a lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom active in the Minor Leagues. The biggest chunk of them comes from Curacao and Aruba. Here is an overview of those players playing in AAA, AA, A Advanced and A Full Season.  AAA Roger Bernadina is having a good season so far. At bat he …

Another Dutchie appointed to same club as last year

Next to Ozhaino Albies, who was assigned to the same club that he played for last season, the Reds decided to let Calten Daal start another year in the A Advanced  Florida State League with the Daytona Tortugas. After Calten received an invitation to MLB spring training as well, he had a total of twelve appearances with …

What to expect from the Dutchies this year? Calten Daal

With Spring Training in full swing 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 previous …

My top ten of Minor League jerseys

After posts about my favorite MLB caps, MiLB caps and MLB jersey, it is time to post my ten favorite Minor League jerseys (past and present). 10. Spokane Indians alternate jersey The Spokane Indians are the A Short Season affiliation of the Texas Rangers. The club honors the local Salish tribe with a jersey that …

MiLB to stay in Daytona

The Daytona Tortugas (A Advanced Florida League), former Daytona Cubs, have been sold to a new owner: Reese Smith III. The veteran sports operator announced that he will keep the team in Daytona and that he wants to stay in historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark. I always cheer for these kind of initiatives. Finally a new …

Dutchies in the minor leagues: Saturday, May 2

AA At AAA level two of the three Dutchies were on the DL (Roger Bernadina and Jair Jurrjens), but Roger Bernadina played his first game since his stay on the DL yesterday. Roger Bernadina went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBI, a run scored and a strikeout. So he contributed in a big …

Dutchies in the Minor Leagues, Thursday April 16

For most of the Dutchies in the minors it was a bad day. Many of them didn't see the ball well. AAA The Tacoma Rainiers needed eleven innings to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 3-1. Roger Bernadina went 0 for 2 but did draw two walks. AA Randolph Oduber got a pinch hit appearance for the …

Cubs’ South Bend affiliate will be named…. Cubs

It starts to look like a trend. Parent clubs naming their farm teams after themselves. Instead of keeping the old name that the team had during the liaison with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Sout Bend SilverHawks), the new parent opted for the name Cubs. The Cubs have named more teams after themselves. Until last season, they …