Sherten Apostel to start at AA

After making his MLB debut in 2020 with the Texas Rangers, Sherten Apostel has to get used to being sent down to the minors again. After spending the first two years of his professional career in the Dominican Summer League in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Sherten moved up to the Appalachian League, where he played …

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: …

Down East Wood Ducks unveil logos

The Down East Wood Ducks, the "new" A Advanced affiliation of the Texas Rangers "hatched the team's "new logos today. After being moved from the California League where the team played as the High Desert Mavericks and won the 2016 Cal League title, the team rebranded and needed a new look.  Today at 4.00 PM …

Another name can be added to the growing list of lame MiLB team names

Two weeks ago you could read about a emerging trend regarding strange (to put it mildly) team names in minor league baseball. In one week the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Down East Wood Ducks and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies appeared in the world of minor league baseball. Since yesterday you can add another one to …

Hurricane Matthew pushes back upgrades Grainger Stadium

The temporary home of the Down East Wood Ducks, new A Advanced farm team of the Texas Rangers will not have the upgrades that were planned in 2017. Due to Hurricane Matthew most of the upgrades are pushed back to 2018. The city of Kinston had solicited bids for several improvements to Grainger Stadium, including …

What’s up with those new MiLB team names?

There was a time, especially in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, when minor league affiliates were just named after their parent club. Even nowadays there are still quite some teams that are named after their name sake. Take the Braves' farm teams for example. 90% of them is called Braves as well. Sure it …

Another new minor league team name

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp  wasn't the only team to unveil its new name today. The Texas Rangers A Advanced affiliate in Kinston NC, previously known as the High Desert Mavericks, did the same. After a name the team contest fans could choose from five names: Hogzillas, HamHawks, Eagles, Shaggers and Wood Ducks. Most of the …

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