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: …

Today in Baseball: Bulls play home opener in road unis

Today, forty years ago, the Durham Bulls returned from a season-opening road trip to Durham Athletic Park for their home opener. But something was going on during that first home game of the 1980 season. As the team's home uniforms were stolen two days prior to the season, Hank Aaron, the Braves' Minor League director, …

Rays and Bulls extend affiliation

The Tampa Bay Rays have extended their Player Development Contract with their AAA team, the Durham Bulls with three more years through the 2022 season. Next year the cooperation will enter its 23rd year. The Bulls have not known any other parent club since entering the International League. The Durham Bulls became an AAA team …

Dashenko Ricardo debuts with Durham Bulls

It has been a while when you could read the news of Dashenko Ricardo's contract being picked up by the Tampa Bay Rays. But finally, the Curaçaoan backstop made a comeback in organized baseball. In the first game of a doubleheader, Ricardo was positioned behind home plate. On his own, Ricardo was responsible for a …

The favorite jerseys of my collection

Through the years built a small collection of baseball jerseys. It all started in 1991 when I got the jersey of my very first baseball club, now defunct Amstel Tijgers, three-time Dutch champion. From that moment on more jerseys got my way. This is an overview of the favorite jerseys of my collection. Amsterdam Baseball …

Blue Jays hire new manager in Montoyo

The Toronto Blue Jays presented their new manager. The Canadian team went to a division rival to get their new skipper. In Charlie Montoyo, the Blue Jays have an experienced manager who guided teams at all levels of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. You may wonder why I pay attention to this news since I …

2018 Minor League Champions overview

The minor league season came to an end yesterday as the Bowling Green HotRods beat the Peoria Chiefs in the fourth game of the Midwest League championship series. Here is an overview of the winners of each affiliated minor league. AAA Both in the International League and the Pacific Coast League last year's champions repeated. …

Durham Bulls unveil new 2018 uniforms

With a promotional campaign named "A return to tradition", the Durham Bulls (AAA farm team of the Tampa Bay Rays) have announced their new uniforms for the 2018 season. Especially with the "new" home jersey, the Bulls return to the classic jersey we all know from the movie Bull Durham. This button-down jersey has the …

Durham Bulls remain Rays AAA affiliate

Yesterday the Durham Bulls and the Tampa Bay Rays announced they have extended their Player Development Contact with two more years through the 2020 season.  The current contract is still running and will end after the 2018 season. The 2018 season will be the 21st of the cooperation between the two teams. The Bulls don't know …

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 …

PDC extension animal style

A beastly PDC extension today as the Chicago Cubs and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Advanced, Carolina League) extended their cooperation with four more years through the 2020 season. Apparently the Cubs are very happy with the Pelicans as their A Advanced partner because it will only be the first extension of the player development …

Hensley Meulens and Charlie Montoyo inducted in IL HOF

Today, the International League announced that current hitting coach of the San Francisco Giants and current third base coach of the Tampa Bay Rays will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in the 2016 class. Meulens was an MVP in the International League in 1990 when playing for the Columbus Clippers. In 1992 Meulens …

Themed jersey craze goes on

The other day I wrote about crazy promotions at Minor League clubs and the silly jerseys that are linked to these promotions. Well the end of this jersey craze doesn't seem to be near. Yesterday the Durham Bulls announced that they will sport a Game of Thrones jersey on April 23.  About three weeks ago …

Talking about silly MiLB promotions

I have written several times that Minor League Baseball is not about winning, especially for the Minor League clubs. Main goal for the clubs is to attract as many fans as possible with between inning games, give aways and weird promotions. Well, the last couple of weeks several club have given a preview of those …

A Minor League manager is a jack-of-all-trades

When you think that a manager's job in the Minor Leagues is about managing a team, creating a lineup and doing some infield drills, you're way off line. A manager in the minors is doing a lot more. In general a Minor League manager starts his work day around 11.00 AM (when a game starts …

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