Eastern League All-Star Game canceled due to COVID-19

Today, the Eastern League and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies announced that the 2020 Eastern League All-Star Game will be canceled due to the coronavirus. The All-Star Game was scheduled to take place on July 15. Also, the Homerun Derby, scheduled to be held on July 14, has been canceled. Rumble Ponies' team President John Hughes …

2019 Minor League Champions

With the Minor League season over more a bit more than a month, it is time for an overview of the champions of each league, varying from AAA to Advanced Rookie. International League (AAA) With a three-run home run by Brady Zimmer, the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians affiliate) took the lead in the championship clincher …

Flying Squirrels to commemorate first moon landing

On July 20, 2019, it will be fifty years ago that the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. This historic event will be commemorated by the Richmond Flying Squirrels with a special space suit themed jersey. The special space suit jerseys are inspired by the suits that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wore on their …

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. …

New logo for Eastern League

The Eastern League (of Professional Baseball Clubs) unveiled its new logo today. The new logo was the first change since 1998 and was designed by Brandiose (who else?). The new primary logo features a white script of the Eastern League written over a navy blue rhombus with a red outline. The logo also includes crisscrossed …

Minor League Affiliation News

In the last few days, there has been a lot of PDC extensions. The Baltimore Orioles extended the player development contracts with five of their affiliations and the Cincinnati Reds did the same with their Advanced Rookie team of the Pioneer League, the Billings Mustangs. The Baltimore Orioles extended the PDCs with the Norfolk Tides …

Ademar Rifaela promoted to AA

Curaçao native Ademar Rifaela will start the season with the AA Bowie BaySox of the Eastern League. The 23-year old outfielder spent all of the 2017 season with the Frederick Keys of the A-Advanced Carolina League. Ademar had a good season with the Orioles' A-Advanced affiliate last year. He played 126 of the 140 regular …

Pirates extend PDC with their AA affiliate

The Pittsburgh Pirates have extended their player development contract with their AA affiliate in the Eastern League, the Altoona Curve. While most other MLB clubs recently extended the PDCs with their farm teams by only two years, the Pirates and the Curve have signed a four year extension. The cooperation with the Curve is the …

Move of MuckDogs to Waldorf falls through

Recently you could read here about a possible move of the Batavia Muckdogs (A Short Season, New York-Penn League) to Waldorf in Maryland, where the team would play in the stadium of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The team would be the first one owned by an Afro-American since the Savannah Cardinals. The owner group …

Binghamton Mets’ invite to sexual thing?

The Binghamton Mets, AA affiliate of the New York Mets in the Eastern League, tweeted a promotion the other day. The intention was to advertise a nice promotion on a game day but the term they used for it has a kind of inappropriate meaning. The B-Mets wanted to invite their fans to a nice …

Kiwi attending Pittsburgh Pirates’ Spring Training

This post isn't about Dutch baseball, but I thought it was worth writing about it. I bumped into an article about a pitcher from New Zealand that debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. My first reaction was: Wow, I  wasn't aware that baseball in New Zealand had developed this far that a pitcher from …

Schoop returns to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract. Sharlon is the older brother of Orioles' infielder Jonathan Schoop. Sharlon played for the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League (O's AA affiliate) last season. In 77 games and 267 at bats he collected 58 (.217)hits of which thirteen doubles and three homeruns. …

Minor League affiliation news (it just never stops)

More news about Minor League affiliations. This time not a change but an extension of a Player Development Contract. The Toronto Blue Jays have extended their PDC with the New Hampshire FisherCats through the 2018 season. Both teams are linked to each other for 15 straight years now. The relationship between the two started in …

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